Irish Surgical Training Group Committee
David Brinkman

David Brinkman studied in UCC and completed an MSc in Surgery there after internship. Currently working as an ENT SpR in Waterford, he has spent 3 years as ISTG treasurer before becoming president. He is open-minded and always has time for trainees that wish to get in touch, especially if they have questions about doing research in surgery or have an interest in joining him in ENT.

Vice President
Jessica Ryan

Jessica Ryan is an ST4 General Surgery trainee in Waterford. She is happy to answer any questions people might have about a career in General Surgery and the HST interviews.

Czara Kennedy

Czara Kennedy is currently a first year Surgical SpR working in the Midlands Regional Hospital Mullingar. She completed her Core Surgical Training in St James' Hospital and in Mayo University Hospital. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch with her.

Alison McHugh

Alison McHugh graduated from UCD Medicine in 2016 & completed core surgical training in University Hospital Waterford, specialising in Otolaryngology for ST2. Following a year as Special Lecturer in Otolaryngology for UCD, she commenced the higher surgical training programme in Otolaryngology in 2020.

Past President
Christina Buckley

Christina Buckley is the immediate past president of the Irish Surgical Training Group. She is an ST7 in Plastics Surgery

Sub-specialty Representatives
General Surgery
Éanna Ryan

Éanna Ryan is a General Surgery SpR. He completed an MD under the supervision of Professors Des Winter and Kieran Sheahan prior to the surgical scheme. He is passionate about surgical research, training and education. In his role as General Surgery Rep he is keen to assist younger doctors looking to pursue a career in surgery, as well as to advocate for general surgery trainees as part of this important national forum

Mary Connolly

Mary Connolly is an ST7 trainee, currently on placement in Cork University Hospital. Vascular became its own distinct speciality in 2017 and Mary was amongst the first trainees to enter the new Vascular HST scheme.  Since then interest in the Vascular Scheme has increased year on year.  It is a diverse speciality, requiring an in depth knowledge of every part of anatomy and meticulous technical skills.  Postgraduate education within the Vascular Programme is frequent and delivered by expert consultants on a regular basis. 

Kevin Clesham

I am currently in my second year of the Orthopaedic SpR training scheme working in Cappagh hospital. I look forward to being a part of the ISTG over the coming year and solving matters relating to surgical training in Ireland as well as improving the environment for incoming trainees. Outside of work I enjoy football, cycling, golf, hiking and travelling.

Billy Lane O'Neill

Billy Lane O'Neill graduated in 2011 from UCC where he also completed a MCh. He is currently a Plastic surgery SpR in St James's hospital in Dublin. He is an advocate for trainee wellbeing and welcomes trainees getting in contact for advice with regard to training and general support.

Paediatric Surgery
Danielle McLaughlin
Vincent Healy


Vincent Healy is the current Neurosurgery Representative of the Irish Surgical Training Group. He is an ST4 in Neurosurgery, currently working in Beaumont Hospital. Friendly and more than willing to help any prospective surgeon navigate the path to Specialist Training!

Maxillofacial Surgery
Paul Sexton


Paul Sexton is the current Oral & Maxillofacial surgery Representative on the Irish Surgical Training Group committee. He is an ST6 currently working in St. James Hospital. Paul is a medicine first trainee and attained his dental degree as part of his post graduate surgical training. Paul welcome’s queries from anyone interested in the speciality at whatever stage of their training.

Maedbh Rhatigan

My name is Maedbh Rhatigan, Ophthalmic Surgery Representative. I am an ST6 Traineecurrently working in the Mater Hospital. If I can be of help or offer advice to any currenttrainees or budding Ophthalmologists I will do my best!

Sorcha O'Meara

Sorcha O’Meara  is a second year urology SpR, this is her first year sitting on the ISTG committee. She is passionate about supporting and encouraging junior trainees.

Ronan Kelly

Ronan Kelly is a ST8 Trainee on Out of Programme Training in Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital. He is happy to give advice to anyone considering cardiothoracic surgery as a career.

David Brinkman
Core Surgical Training Year 2
Patrick Collins


Patrick Collins CST1 representative for ISTG. Worked last year in Galway and and prior to that in St. James’s. Currently based in Tallaght, working on the Urology and Vascular services. Moving to St. Vincent’s Hospital in July for CST2 in Urology. Member of ISTG since 2019!

Core Surgical Training Year 2
Megan Wilson


Megan Wilson is a first year CST trainee currently working in Connolly Hospital. She completed a masters in surgery during her intern year in Galway. She has just retuned from two years in Melbourne and is keen to improve SHO’s experiences within the CST program. Megan is hoping to peruse a career plastic surgery.

Association of Surgeons in Training (ASiT) Representatives
ASiT Representative
Amy Fowler


Amy Fowler is a current ST5 in General Surgery. She is Association of Surgeons in Training (ASIT) Regional Representative for ROI since July 2019. Amy is passionate about surgical training, trainee issues and optimizing surgical education. Amy would urge every trainee to get involved in ISTG and ASIT. She would be happy to hear from anyone who is eager to become a member of ASIT or would like to hear more about what they do.


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