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Professor Sean Tierney Appointed Professor of Surgical Informatics in Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

30 June 2009

The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) is delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Sean Tierney to Professor of Surgical Informatics.  Professor Tierney is a Consultant Vascular Surgeon in the Adelaide and Meath National Children's Hospital (AMNCH), in Tallaght, County Dublin.  He was appointed Vice Dean of Distance Learning for Postgraduate Surgery in RCSI in 2003. He also runs the RCSI School for Surgeons, an online case based learning programme for surgical trainees.  This award winning programme complements other aspects of the surgical training programme and is now also being piloted in Africa in partnership with COSECSA - the College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa.


Professor Tierney graduated from University College Dublin (UCD) in 1987. After a BSc in Anatomy, he completed Basic Surgical Training in Dublin and was awarded his Fellowship from RCSI in 1992. He spent two years in Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, USA undertaking research into biliary physiology. He completed his clinical training initially in London prior to completing the Irish Senior Registrar Training Programme. After a year as lecturer in RCSI / Beaumont Hospital he was appointed a Consultant in Vascular Surgery in 2000.

Professor Tierney has over 80 publications, including more than 20 original peer reviewed papers, 50 abstracts and 7 chapters and reviews. He is former Chairman of the Medical Board in AMNCH Tallaght and the Higher Surgical Training Group. He is currently Vice President of the Irish Medical Organisation.

Commenting on the appointment, Professor Frank Keane, President, RCSI said “we are delighted to appoint Professor Sean Tierney to Professor of Surgical Informatics.  The growing complexity of surgical training and practice, the need to quantify and quality assure surgical care, and the need to ensure the competence of surgeons in practice requires the development and deployment of data systems. Professor Sean Tierney, in his role as Professor of Surgical Informatics will play a leading role in developing, promoting and evaluating the use of information technology in supporting learning, ensuring clinical quality and assisting practitioners in the process of competence assurance.”