Prof Calvin Coffey

Foundation Chair of Surgery (GEMS) / General and colorectal surgeon

Keywords: colorectal cancer inflammatory bowel disease ulcerative colitis Crohn’s disease pelvic floor abnormalities

Prof Calvin Coffey
Foundation Chair of Surgery (GEMS) / General and colorectal surgeon

Keywords: colorectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, pelvic floor abnormalities

Recently appointed as Foundation Chair of Surgery at the Graduate Entry Medical School, University of Limerick and University Hospitals Limerick. Professor Coffey is a general and colorectal surgeon with a special interest in minimally invasive (keyhole) surgery. His clinical focus is in colorectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease), pelvic floor abnormalities.

After initially training in Cork University Hospital, where he received a PhD for work on cancer growth, he then trained in The Mater Misericordiae Hospital, St.Vincent’s University Hospital and finally completed a fellowship in colorectal surgery at the Cleveland Clinic. He has delivered invited lectures in The Johns Hopkins, Memorial Sloan Kettering, The Cleveland Clinic and The European Institute of Oncology.

He has contributed to the generation of over €1.3 million research grant awards. He has developed several research programs including:

  • Characterisation of human anatomy
  • Development of novel techniques to identify cancer spread
  • Pathobiology of Crohn’s disease and development of biomarkers
  • Microbial ecology and role in Ulcerative Colitis
  • Determinants of outcome following colorectal cancer surgery
  • Identification of novel mediators in cancer development
  • Robotic Surgery and introduction of new health service technologies


  • Coffey, J. C. (2015) 'Commentary on 'Navigating the mesentery: a comparative pre- and per-operative visualization of the vascular anatomy'', Colorectal Dis, 17(9), 818-9.

  • Coffey, J. C., Culligan, K., Walsh, L. G., Sehgal, R., Dunne, C., McGrath, D., Walsh, D., Moore, M., Staunton, M., Scanlon, T., Dewhurst, C., Kenny, B., O'Riordan, C., O'Brien, J. M., Quondamatteo, F. and Dockery, P. (2015) 'An appraisal of the computed axial tomographic appearance of the human mesentery based on mesenteric contiguity from the duodenojejunal flexure to the mesorectal level', Eur Radiol.

  • Coffey, J. C., Dillon, M., Sehgal, R., Dockery, P., Quondamatteo, F., Walsh, D. and Walsh, L. (2015) 'Mesenteric-Based Surgery Exploits Gastrointestinal, Peritoneal, Mesenteric and Fascial Continuity from Duodenojejunal Flexure to the Anorectal Junction - A Review', Dig Surg, 32(4), 291-300.

  • Kearney, D. E. and Coffey, J. C. (2015) 'A Randomized Trial of Laparoscopic versus Open Surgery for Rectal Cancer', N Engl J Med, 373(2), 194.

  • O'Connor, C., Powell, J., Finnegan, C., O'Gorman, A., Barrett, S., Hopkins, K. L., Pichon, B., Hill, R., Power, L., Woodford, N., Coffey, J. C., Kearns, A., O'Connell, N. H. and Dunne, C. (2015) 'Incidence, management and outcomes of the first cfr-mediated linezolid-resistant Staphylococcus epidermidis outbreak in a tertiary referral centre in the Republic of Ireland', J Hosp Infect.

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