Gastroenterology

The Gastroenterology Department is one of the largest in the country and has the skills and experience amongst its consultant staff to diagnose and treat all disorders affecting the gastrointestinal tract.

The Bon Secours Hospital Dublin has one of the largest Gastroenterologist teams in the country. There are currently over 12 consultants with a variety of interests and expertise focusing on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the digestive tract and liver. The large number of consultants also ensure that the waiting time for a consultant and a procedure is minimal.

One of the key tools used by the Gastroenterologist team to help in the diagnosis of patients is endoscopy. Endoscopy is a minimally invasive diagnostic medical procedure used to asses the interior surfaces of an organ by inserting a tube into the body. This is done using a rigid or flexible tube which has a built in fibre optic camera, which provides an image for visual inspection and biopsy.  More details about the international accredited endoscopy unit and the services provided are available here . The endoscopy team performs almost 14000 procedures annually.

The team works very closely with the Nutrition and Dietician team, the Diagnostic Imaging Department and the Upper GI and Colorectal Surgical Team within the hospital to provide a complete and comprehensive service for patients with gastrointestinal complaints. Gastroenterology patients may also receive treatment of new and modern biologic therapies adminstered via the hospital's Infusion Clinic. 

The team also works very closely with the Medical Assessment Unit so that if there is a requirement for rapid access diagnostic services, this can often be performed on the same day.

Conditions treated and services provided by the Gastroenterology team include:

  • Evaluation of constipation and faecal incontinence
  • Barrett’s Oesophagus
  • Clinical nutrition
  • Diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy
  • Disease of the Pancreas
  • Oesophageal disease and cancer
  • Upper GI cancers
  • Colorectal cancers
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease including Crohn’s disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Diverticulitis
  • Chronic constipation
  • Swallowing disorders
  • GI Infections

 

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Danny Cheriyan
Consultant Gastroenterologist
Endoscopy, Direct Access Endoscopy, Gastroenterology
Bon Secours Hospital Dublin
Phone: 087 0902439 Fax: 01-686 5128 GDR Compliant

Dr Danny Cheriyan

Consultant Gastroenterologist

Biography

Danny Cheriyan graduated from RCSI with an honours degree in 2005 and completed specialist training in gastroenterology in Beaumont and St. Vincent’s hospital, Dublin.  He was the UCD Newman Scholar in colorectal cancer and was awarded an MD from UCD for his research on colorectal cancer and angiogenesis.

Following completion of specialist training in gastroenterology in Ireland, Danny undertook two fellowships in advanced endoscopy and hepatobiliary medicine; the first at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, and the second at Duke University, North Carolina, USA. He joined Beaumont Hospital as a consultant gastroenterologist and honorary clinical senior lecturer (RCSI) in 2016.  

Danny has authored several publications and book chapters. He is experienced in all areas of general gastroenterology, but his special interests include colon cancer, endoscopic ultrasound, ERCP, and hepatobiliary disease.

 

 

Areas of Interest

All areas of general gastroenterology, but his special interests include colon cancer, endoscopic ultrasound, ERCP, and hepatobiliary

Additional Information

Referrals to Dr Cheriyan can be sent via Healthlink, posted to his private rooms in Beaumont Private Clinic, sent by secure fax or, by secure email..

Qualifications

MB BCh MD FRCPI

Contact Details

  • Dr Danny Cheriyan
  • Beaumont Consultants Clinic, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin 9

Secretary

Shamindra Direkze
Consultant Gastroenterologist
Direct Access Endoscopy, Gastroenterology Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Bon Secours Hospital Dublin
Phone: 085 187 0706

Dr Shamindra Direkze

Consultant Gastroenterologist

Biography

Dr Shamindra Direkze is a consultant gastroenterologist and hepatologist. He graduated from the prestigious MB PhD programme at University College London in 2007 and went on to complete his specialist training in gastroenterology in the London deanery which has included experience in a number of advanced gastroenterology and liver centres including University College London Hospital, The Royal Free Hospital and Kings College Hospital Liver Unit.

 

On moving to Ireland in 2017, he has held consultant posts in the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital and most recently St Vincent’s University Hospital, where he was a registered bowel screening colonoscopist and was a part of the inflammatory bowel disease team based there. He has an interest in advanced endoscopic techniques which includes excision of large colonic polyps/lesions. He has number of publications and prizes from his post graduate training.

Shamindra is a member of the following organisations:

  • Irish Society of Gastroenterologists
  • British Society of Gastroenterologists
  • Royal College of Physicians (London)

Shamindra moved to Dublin in 2017 with wife who is from Ireland and now has a daughter. He is a keen cyclist and  a keen hiker and has completed a number of treks throughout Europe and Asia. He has previously played rugby at county and university level.  

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Areas of Interest

Special Interests: General gastroenterology, hepatology, advanced endoscopy

Research Interests: Hepatology, luminal gastroenterology, advanced endoscopy

 

Appointments

Urgent referrals – please phone to enable me to expedite necessary investigations. I am happy to discuss cases with referrers.

Referral letter from GP – email referrals also welcome. Please use office.shamindra.direkze@blackrock-clinic.com

or via Healthlink

Contact Details

  • Dr Shamindra Direkze
  • Bon Secours Hospital Dublin, Glasnevin, Dublin 9.

Secretary

Richard Farrell
Consultant in Gastroenterology / Physician
Direct Access Endoscopy, Endoscopy, Gastroenterology Gastroenterology
Bon Secours Hospital Dublin
Phone: 01 6466419

Prof Richard Farrell

Consultant in Gastroenterology / Physician

Biography

Achievements/Experience:

  • First in Final Medical Class UCD 1990
  • 1941 Medal UCD 1990
  • The Reuben Harvey Prize and Diploma 1990
  • Bellingham Gold Medal for Clinical Medicine 1990
  • O'’Ferrell Gold Medal for Clinical Surgery 1990
  • Membership Royal College of Physicians Ireland 1993
  • Health Research Board Research Fellowship 1995
  • Best Oral Paper Prize, Irish Society Gastroenterology 1997
  • Registrars Prize, RAMI 1997
  • MD Thesis, University College Dublin 1998
  • Janssen Travelling Fellowship, Vienna 198
  • Best Oral Presentation, American College Gastroenterology, Phoenix AZ 1999
  • Clinical Effectiveness Course, Harvard School of Public Health 2004
  • Secretary of the Irish Society of Gastroenterology 2007 -2010
  • Over 100 peer-review articles, editorials and book chapters

 

Certification:

 

  • 1991     Medical Council of Ireland #14533
  • 2004    Irish Gastroenterology and General Medicine Register of Medical Specialists #476361
  • 2004    Irish Certificate of Specialist Doctor #478206

 

Training

 

  • Graduate of University College Dublin, First Place in class, 1990
  • Federated Voluntary Hospitals Medical SHO Scheme 1991 – 1993
  • Clinical Research, Sir Patrick Dun’s Laboratory, TCD, 1995-1997
  • Gastroenterology and Hepatology Fellowship, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre, Harvard Medical School, Boston MA, 1997 – 2000
  • Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 2000 – 2005
  • Co-Director, Centre for Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre, Harvard Medical School, Boston MA, 2001 – 2005
  • Director Clinical Clerkship Program, BIDMCM, Harvard Medical School, Boston MA 2002 – 2005
  • Appointed Consultant Gastroenterologist and Physician, Connolly Hospital and RCSI 2006

Areas of Interest

Inflammatory Bowel Disease, IBS, Coeliac Disease, Colorectal Cancer Screening, Haemachromatosis, Fatty Liver and Therapeutic Endoscopy

 

Additional Information

Referrals to Prof Farrell can be sent via Healthlink, posted to his private rooms in the Bon Secours Consultants Clinic or by secure email.

Qualifications

M.D., F.R.C.P.I

Appointments

Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown Dublin 15

Contact Details

  • Prof Richard Farrell
  • Suite 3, Bon Secours Consultants Clinic, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

Secretary

Session Times

Monday AM (Rooms), Wednesday AM and Thursday PM Endoscopy

Gavin Harewood
Consultant Gastroenterologist
Gastroenterology, Direct Access Endoscopy, Endoscopy Gastroenterology
Bon Secours Hospital Dublin
Phone: 083 0220213 Fax: 01 8571130

Prof Gavin Harewood

Consultant Gastroenterologist

Biography

Professor Gavin Harewood is a medical graduate of National University of Ireland, Galway.  Following completion of his general medical training, he moved to Rochester Minnesota where he completed a Fellowship in Gastroenterology and Hepatology along with a Masters Degree in Clinical Research in the Mayo Clinic.  He was subsequently appointed as a Consultant Gastroenterologist in the Mayo Clinic and developed a subspecialty interest in endoscopic ultrasound, health economics and clinical outcomes research. 

In 2006, he was recruited to his current Consultant Gastroenterologist post in Beaumont Hospital to develop and lead a  national endoscopic ultrasound service; he has overseen the successful growth of this practice into one of the largest services in Western Europe catering to a catchment population of over a million people. Prof. Harewood serves on the executive board of the Irish Society of Gastroenterology, having been Honorary Secretary of the organization from 2010-2013.  He also served as the lead Clinical Trainer in the Beaumont Hospital Endoscopy Department and is co-Director of the Beaumont Hospital Gastroenterology Fellowship program, one of the most competitive and prestigious training programs in Ireland. 

Prof. Harewood has served as co-Investigator for multiple phase three, multi-center pharmaceutical trials of Inflammatory Bowel disease therapies.  He also developed the curriculum and delivered the formal annual lecture series in Health Care Management for Institute of Public Administration (IPA), Dublin which was tailored to equip pharmaceutical industry employees with training in health economics and the ability to apply these principles to clinical drug trials.

In 2009, Prof. Harewood completed a MBA Degree in Health Economics through the UCD Smurfit School of Business.  He has authored more than 140 publications in the peer-reviewed medical literature, many dealing with the importance of resource utilisation and economics in healthcare and clinical therapies and has featured on several national television programs to promote public health awareness.  He was appointed Associate Professor of Medicine for the Royal College of Surgeons Medical School in 2018 in recognition of his distinction in clinical practice, his academic achievements and commitment to medical education.

Areas of Interest

Colon Cancer Screening, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome / Non Ulcer Dyspepsia

Additional Information

Referrals to Prof Harewood can be sent via Healthlink, posted to his private rooms in Beaumont Private Clinic or sent by secure email.

Qualifications

M.D., F.R.C.P.I.

Contact Details

  • Prof Gavin Harewood
  • Beaumont Private Clinic, Beaumont, Dublin 9

Secretary

John (Jack) Hollingsworth
Consultant in Gastroenterology & Internal Medicine
Direct Access Endoscopy, Endoscopy, Gastroenterology Gastroenterology
Bon Secours Hospital Dublin

Dr John (Jack) Hollingsworth

Consultant in Gastroenterology & Internal Medicine

Biography

Dr Hollingswoth qualified  from UCD 1979, worked as Gastroenterology register in the Mater Hospital in 1983 and then worked as a Senior Fellow McMaster University in Ontario Canada from 1984 to 1987.  Jack has worked as a Consultant in Gastroenterology and General Medicine since 1987

 

Current Membership

Royal College Physician; British Society Gastroenterology; Irish Society Gastroenterology; American Gastroenterology Association

Areas of Interest

Haemachromatosis; Crohns Disease; Ulcerative Colitis; Colorectal Cancer, Peptic Diseases incl Reflux, Oesophagitis, Colonic Polyps, and Direct Access Endoscopy .

Qualifications

F.R.C.P.I., F.A.C.P. (U.S.), F.R.C.P. (Can)

Appointments

Referrals to Dr Hollingsworth can be sent via Healthlink, posted to his private rooms in the Bon Secours Consultants Clinic or sent  by secure email.

Contact Details

  • Dr John (Jack) Hollingsworth
  • Bon Secours Consultants Clinic, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

Secretary

Session Times

Tuesday am

Padraic MacMathuna
Consultant Gastroenterologist
Direct Access Endoscopy, Gastroenterology, Endoscopy Gastroenterology
Bon Secours Hospital Dublin
Phone: 01 885 8743

Prof. Padraic MacMathuna

Consultant Gastroenterologist

Areas of Interest

Hepato-Biliary Disorders, Colorectal Cancer

Additional Information

Referrals to Prof Mac Mathuna can be sent via Healthlink, posted to his private rooms in Eccles Street or sent  by secure email.

Qualifications

M.D., F.R.C.P.I.

Contact Details

  • Prof. Padraic MacMathuna
  • 64 Eccles Street, Dublin 7

Secretary

Frank Murray
Consultant in Hepatology & Gastroenterology
Direct Access Endoscopy, Gastroenterology, Endoscopy Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Bon Secours Hospital Dublin

Prof. Frank Murray

Consultant in Hepatology & Gastroenterology

Biography

Prof Frank Murray is a Consultant Physician/Gastroenterologist and Associate Professor of Medicine at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He graduated from University College Dublin in 1980 and trained in Dublin, Boston USA, and Nottingham, England.  He has been a Fellow of RCPI since 1994 and a member of RCPI Council since 2002, serving as Registrar from 2007 until he took up the office of the President in 2014 until 2017. He works in Beaumont Hospital and in the Bon Secours Hospital Dublin.

Areas of Interest

Hepatology, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Clinical Pharmacology, Colorectal Cancer

Additional Information

Referrals to Prof Murray can be sent via Healthlink, posted to his private rooms in Beaumont Private Clinic or by secure email.

Qualifications

M.B., B.Ch. B.A.O., M.D., F.R.C.P.I., F.R.C.P. (Ed)

Contact Details

  • Prof. Frank Murray
  • Beaumont Private Clinic, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin 9

Secretary

Conor O Brien
Consultant in Gastronenterology & Hepatology
Direct Access Endoscopy, Gastroenterology, Endoscopy Gastroenterology
Bon Secours Hospital Dublin

Dr. Conor O Brien

Consultant in Gastronenterology & Hepatology

Biography

Dr Conor O’ Brien graduated from University College Dublin in 1995 and subsequently obtained his MRCPI. He completed his specialist training in gastroenterology and hepatology in St. Vincent’s University Hospital and Beaumont Hospital in Dublin. He completed his research fellowship in St. Vincent’s University Hospital and the University of Newcastle, UK. He subsequently worked as Consultant Gastroenterologist / Hepatologist at Toronto Western Hospital. He returned to Dublin in 2007.

Areas of Interest

Colorectal Cancer Screening, Gastro-Oseophageal Disease, Functional Bowel Disorders, Fatty Liver Disease, Hemochromatosis

Additional Information

Referrals to Dr O Brien can be sent via Healthlink, posted to his private rooms in the Bon Secours Consultants Clinic or sent by secure email.

Qualifications

M.D., F.R.C.P.I.

Contact Details

  • Dr. Conor O Brien
  • Bon Secours Consultants Clinic, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

Secretary

Session Times

Every 2nd Thursday - pm

Aoibhlinn O Toole
Consultant Gastroenterologist
Direct Access Endoscopy, Gastroenterology, Bon Secours Cavan Clinic, Endoscopy Gastroenterology
Bon Secours Hospital Dublin

Dr Aoibhlinn O Toole

Consultant Gastroenterologist

Biography

Aoibhlinn O'Toole graduated from University College Dublin in 2004. She completed her Specialist training in Gastroenterology and General Internal Medicine in St Vincent's University Hospital, Sligo General Hospital and Beaumont Hospital. She was the UCD Newman Scholar in Inflammatory Bowel disease and obtained an MD from UCD for her research on colorectal cancer and immune evasion. She subsequently moved to Boston where she completed Inflammatory Bowel Disease fellowships in the Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the Programme for Clinical Effectiveness at the Harvard School of Public Health. She returned to Dublin in 2015 to join the Gastroenterology team in Beaumont Hospital.

Her areas of interest include management of complex Inflammatory Bowel Disease as well as colorectal cancer and dysplasia detection.

 

Areas of Interest

Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Colorectal Cancer, Dysplasia detection

Additional Information

Referrals to Dr O Toole can be sent via Healthlink, posted to his private rooms in Beaumont Private Clinic or by secure email.

Contact Details

  • Dr Aoibhlinn O Toole
  • Beaumont Private Clinic, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin 9

Secretary

Stephen Patchett
Consultant Gastroenterologist
Direct Access Endoscopy, Gastroenterology, Endoscopy Gastroenterology
Bon Secours Hospital Dublin

Prof. Stephen Patchett

Consultant Gastroenterologist

Biography

Professor Patchett is a Consultant Gastroenterologist working in Beaumont and The Bon Secours hospitals and is also an Associate Clinical Professor in the Royal College of Surgeons Dublin. Having graduated from UCD, he commenced his training in Dublin before moving to London to train in St Bartholomew’s and The Royal London Hospitals.

He was appointed Senior Lecturer in Barts in 1996 and returned to take up in current position in Beaumont in November 1998. Professor Patchett’s professional interests focus on diagnostic and therapeutic gastrointestinal endoscopy and therapeutics of inflammatory bowel disease. He is currently chair of the working group for the national QA programme in endoscopy and represents the College of Physicians on the QA Steering group and the Conjoint Endoscopy Curriculum development group.

Professor Patchett is also the clinical lead for endoscopy services in both Beaumont hospital and The Bon Secours.In addition he is Chair of the Medical Advisory Committee in the Bon Secours Hospital Dublin, and has served as chairman of the division of Medicine in Beaumont and as National Specialty Director in Gastroenterology.

Areas of Interest

Interventional Endoscopy, Quality Assurance in Endoscopy, Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

Additional Information

Referrals to Prof Patchett can be sent via Healthlink, posted to his private rooms in Beaumont Private Clinic or by secure email.

Qualifications

M.D., F.R.C.P.I.

Appointments

Beaumont Hospital Beaumont Road Dublin 9

Contact Details

  • Prof. Stephen Patchett
  • Beaumont Private Clinic, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin 9

Secretary

Subhasish Sengupta
Consultant Gastroenterologist
Direct Access Endoscopy, Gastroenterology, Endoscopy Gastroenterology
Bon Secours Hospital Dublin
Phone: 087 0652535

Dr. Subhasish Sengupta

Consultant Gastroenterologist

Biography

Dr Gupta is a Consultant Gastroenterologist working in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Drogheda and the Bon Secours Hospitals and is also a Senior Clinical Lecturer in the Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin.  Having completed his Masters degree from UCD and Specialist Training in Gastroenterology from Ireland, he completed his fellowship in Advanced Therapeutic Endoscopy from Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, Boston USA before taking up the consultant post in Ireland in 2008.

Dr Gupta does diagnostic and therapeutic OGD and Colonoscopy at Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda and Louth Hospital Dundalk. He also does National "Bowel Screening' colonospies in Dundalk and advanced hepatobiliary interventional procedures like ERCP and Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS)  in Beaumont Hospital, Dublin. 

Dr Gupta is currently the Endoscopy Department lead and also the Endoscopy Training lead for the Louth Hospital group. He is also the honorary secretary of the Irish Society Of Gastroenterology and Endoscopy. 

Areas of Interest

Diagnostic and therapeutic OGD and colonoscopy, National Bowel Screening, Inflammatory bowel disease, ERCP and EUS (Beaumont Hospital), Quality Assurance in Endoscopy.

Additional Information

Referrals to Dr Sengupta can be sent via Healthlink, posted to his private rooms in the Bon Secours Consultants Clinic or sent by secure email.

Qualifications

MD, MRCP (UK), FRCPI

Appointments

Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda / Louth County Hospital, Dundalk / Beaumont University Hospital, Dublin

Contact Details

  • Dr. Subhasish Sengupta
  • Suite 5, Bon Secours Consultants Clinic, Glasnevin Hill, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

Secretary

Claire Smyth
Consultant Gastroenterologist
Direct Access Endoscopy, Gastroenterology, Endoscopy Gastroenterology
Bon Secours Hospital Dublin
Phone: 086 7848442 Fax: 01 5441414

Dr. Claire Smyth

Consultant Gastroenterologist

Biography

Claire graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 1994 with an Honours degree.  She completed her BST on the Federated Hospitals Scheme and subsequently her HST in Gastroenterology in both St. James’ and Beaumont hospitals.  Claire was awarded her MD in Inflammatory Bowel Disease by Trinity College Dublin in 2005 having completed research in RCSI/Beaumont and Johns Hopkins, Baltimore.  She also spent a year as Junior Lecturer in Trinity Medical School during her HST.  Claire then spent two years abroad, the first in Royal Perth Hospital, Western Australia and the second in University College London, completing Fellowships in ERCP and Hepatobiliary Medicine.  She returned to Dublin in 2008 to take up her current position as Consultant Gastroenterologist in Connolly Hospital.   She became a Fellow of RCPI in 2010 and has been an active member in RCPI, having been the National Specialty Director in Gastroenterology for three years.  She has recently been appointed as Senior Lecturer in RCSI. 

Claire has a particular interest in IBD, IBS and Hepatobiliary disease, but is experienced in all aspects of general Gastroenterology. 

Areas of Interest

Pancreaticobiliary Disease, Intrinsic Liver Disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease,Colorectal Cancer Screening, Coeliac Disease, Diagnostic and Therapeutic Endoscopy

Additional Information

Referrals to Dr Smyth can be sent via Healthlink, posted to his private rooms in the Bon Secours Consultants Clinic or sent by secure email.

Qualifications

MD FRCPI

Appointments

Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown

Contact Details

  • Dr. Claire Smyth
  • Bon Secours Consultants Clinic, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

Secretary

Appointments are made by contacting the individual consultant team directly. Details are above. Please note that a GP or Consultant referral will be necessary.

Direct Access Colonoscopy and Gastroscopy endoscopy appointments can be made by a GP or Consultants using the form available in the document section below. Appointments for this service are made directly by the endoscopy department with patients referred to the unit for the procedure. Referrals can also be sent to the Individual Consultants via healthlink or the the Direct Access Endoscopy service.

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