Calvin Coffey

Professor Calvin Coffey

Consultant General Surgeon




General Surgery


General Surgery


Professor Coffey is the Professor of Surgery for the University Hospital Limerick Group of hospitals and the Graduate Entry Medical School in University of Limerick. He has been awarded several international awards for surgical excellence and innovation in treating colorectal cancer as well as in... read more

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Publication Record ( 2011 to present)


Clancy, C., O'Leary, D. P., Burke, J. P., Redmond, H. P., Coffey, J. C., Kerin, M. J. and Myers, E. (2015) 'A meta-analysis to determine the oncological implications of conversion in laparoscopic colorectal cancer surgery', Colorectal Dis, 17(6), 482-90.

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.

Coffey, J. C., Dillon, M. F., O'Driscoll, J. S. and Faul, E. (2015) 'Transanal total mesocolic excision (taTME) as part of ileoanal pouch formation in ulcerative colitis-first report of a case', Int J Colorectal Dis.

Hogan, J., Chang, K. H., Duff, G., Samaha, G., Kelly, N., Burton, M., Burton, E. and Coffey, J. C. (2015) 'Lymphovascular invasion: a comprehensive appraisal in colon and rectal adenocarcinoma', Dis Colon Rectum, 58(6), 547-55.

Hogan, J. and Coffey, J. C. (2015) 'The Authors Reply. (Letter)', Diseases of the Colon, Rectum, 58(6), 390-391.

Hogan, J., DeJulius, K., Li, X., Coffey, J. C. and Kalady, M. F. (2015) 'Transcriptional profiles underpin microsatellite status and associated features in colon cancer', Gene.

Hogan, J., Dejulius, K., Liu, X., Coffey, J. C. and Kalady, M. F. (2015) 'Transcriptomic profiles differentiate normal rectal epithelium and adenocarcinoma', Int Surg, 100(5), 818-826.

Hogan, J., Samaha, G., Burke, J., Chang, K. H., Condon, E., Waldron, D. and Coffey, J. C. (2015) 'Emergency presenting colon cancer is an independent predictor of adverse disease-free survival', Int Surg, 100(1), 77-86.

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.

Lally, K., Nathan, V. Y., Dunne, S., McGrath, D., Cullen, W., Meagher, D., Coffey, J. C. and Dunne, C. (2015) 'Awareness of sexually transmitted infection and protection methods among university students in Ireland', Ir J Med Sci, 184(1), 135-42.

Lavelle, A., Lennon, G., O'Sullivan, O., Docherty, N., Balfe, A., Maguire, A., Mulcahy, H. E., Doherty, G., O'Donoghue, D., Hyland, J., Ross, R. P., Coffey, J. C., Sheahan, K., Cotter, P. D., Shanahan, F., Winter, D. C. and O'Connell, P. R. (2015) 'Spatial variation of the colonic microbiota in patients with ulcerative colitis and control volunteers', Gut.

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.

Power, C. and Coffey, J. C. (2015) 'Anastomotic leak is not associated with oncologic outcome in patients undergoing low anterior resection for rectal cancer', Ann Surg, 261(3), e74.


Clancy, C., Burke, J. P., Chang, K. H. and Coffey, J. C. (2014) 'The effect of hysterectomy on colonoscopy completion: a systematic review and meta-analysis', Dis Colon Rectum, 57(11), 1317-23.

Coffey, J. C., Sehgal, R., Culligan, K., Dunne, C., McGrath, D., Lawes, N. and Walsh, D. (2014) 'Terminology and nomenclature in colonic surgery: universal application of a rule-based approach derived from updates on mesenteric anatomy', Tech Coloproctol, 18(9), 789-94.

Culligan, K., Sehgal, R., Mulligan, D., Dunne, C., Walsh, S., Quondamatteo, F., Dockery, P. and Coffey, J. C. (2014) 'A detailed appraisal of mesocolic lymphangiology--an immunohistochemical and stereological analysis', J Anat, 225(4), 463-72.

Culligan, K., Walsh, S., Dunne, C., Walsh, M., Ryan, S., Quondamatteo, F., Dockery, P. and Coffey, J. C. (2014) 'The mesocolon: a histological and electron microscopic characterization of the mesenteric attachment of the colon prior to and after surgical mobilization', Ann Surg, 260(6), 1048-56.

East, J. M., Hogan, J., Samaha, G., Medani, M., MacKerricher, W., Polinkevych, S., Walsh, S. R. and Coffey, J. C. (2014) 'Ratios derived from an array of standard haematological indices predict the oncological outcome in colon cancer', Colorectal Dis, 16(6), 442-9.

Healy, D. A., Khan, W. A., Wong, C. S., Moloney, M. C., Grace, P. A., Coffey, J. C., Dunne, C., Walsh, S. R., Sadat, U., Gaunt, M. E., Chen, S., Tehrani, S., Hausenloy, D. J., Yellon, D. M., Kramer, R. S., Zimmerman, R. F., Lomivorotov, V. V., Shmyrev, V. A., Ponomarev, D. N., Rahman, I. A., Mascaro, J. G., Bonser, R. S., Jeon, Y., Hong, D. M., Wagner, R., Thielmann, M., Heusch, G., Zacharowski, K., Meybohm, P., Bein, B. and Tang, T. Y. (2014) 'Remote preconditioning and major clinical complications following adult cardiovascular surgery: systematic review and meta-analysis', Int J Cardiol, 176(1), 20-31.

Hogan, J., Judge, C., O'Callaghan, M., Aziz, A., O'Connor, C., Burke, J., Dunne, C., Walsh, S., Kalady, M. and Coffey, J. C. (2014) 'Introducing a novel and robust technique for determining lymph node status in colorectal cancer', Ann Surg, 260(1), 94-102.

Hogan, J., O'Rourke, C., Duff, G., Burton, M., Kelly, N., Burke, J. and Coffey, J. C. (2014) 'Preoperative staging CT thorax in patients with colorectal cancer: its clinical importance', Dis Colon Rectum, 57(11), 1260-6.

Lennon, G., Balfe, A., Earley, H., Devane, L. A., Lavelle, A., Winter, D. C., Coffey, J. C. and O'Connell, P. R. (2014) 'Influences of the colonic microbiome on the mucous gel layer in ulcerative colitis', Gut Microbes, 5(3), 277-85.

O’Connor, C., O’Connell, N. H., Power, L., Merrigan, A., Tormey, S., Coffey, J. C., Linnane, B. and Dunne, C. (2014) 'A case of Panton–Valentine leucocidin toxin?positive Staphylococcus aureus?mediated neonatal mastitis', JMM Case Reports, 3(2014), e004119.

O'Connell, N. H., O'Connor, C., O'Mahony, J., Lobo, R., Hayes, M., Masterson, E., Larvin, M., Coffey, J. C. and Dunne, C. (2014) 'A commentary on the disparate perspectives of clinical microbiologists and surgeons: Ad hoc antimicrobial use', Bioengineered, 5(4).

Sehgal, R. and Coffey, J. C. (2014) 'Comprehensive standardization of complete mesocolic surgery is now possible', Tech Coloproctol, 18(7), 675-6.

Sehgal, R. and Coffey, J. C. (2014) 'The development of consensus for complete mesocolic excision (CME) should commence with standardisation of anatomy and related terminology', Int J Colorectal Dis, 29(6), 763-4.

Sehgal, R. and Coffey, J. C. (2014) 'Historical development of mesenteric anatomy provides a universally applicable anatomic paradigm for complete/total mesocolic excision', Gastroenterol Rep (Oxf), 2(4), 245-50.

Sehgal, R. and Coffey, J. C. (2014) 'Standardization of the nomenclature based on contemporary mesocolic anatomy is paramount prior to performing a complete mesocolic excision', Int J Colorectal Dis, 29(4), 543-4.


Boland, M. R., Noorani, A., Varty, K., Coffey, J. C., Agha, R. and Walsh, S. R. (2013) 'Perioperative fluid restriction in major abdominal surgery: systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized, clinical trials', World J Surg, 37(6), 1193-202.

Boyle, E., Healy, D., Hill, A. D., O'Connell, P. R., Kerin, M., McHugh, S., Coyle, P., Kelly, J., Walsh, S. R. and Coffey, J. C. (2013) 'Career choices of today's medical students: where does surgery rank?', Ir J Med Sci, 182(3), 337-43.

Burke, J. P., Coffey, J. C., Boyle, E., Keane, F. and McNamara, D. A. (2013) 'Early outcomes for rectal cancer surgery in the republic of ireland following a national centralization program', Ann Surg Oncol, 20(11), 3414-21.

Burke, J. P., Velupillai, Y., O'Connell, P. R. and Coffey, J. C. (2013) 'National trends in intestinal resection for Crohn's disease in the post-biologic era', Int J Colorectal Dis, 28(10), 1401-6.

Carroll, P. J., Gibson, D., El-Faedy, O., Dunne, C., Coffey, J. C., Hannigan, A. and Walsh, S. R. (2013) 'Surgeon-performed ultrasound at the bedside for the detection of appendicitis and gallstones: systematic review and meta-analysis', Am J Surg, 205(1), 102-8.

Chang, K. H., Burke, J. P. and Coffey, J. C. (2013) 'Infliximab versus cyclosporine as rescue therapy in acute severe steroid-refractory ulcerative colitis: a systematic review and meta-analysis', Int J Colorectal Dis, 28(3), 287-93.

Clancy, C., Burke, J. P. and Coffey, J. C. (2013) 'KRAS mutation does not predict the efficacy of neo-adjuvant chemoradiotherapy in rectal cancer: a systematic review and meta-analysis', Surg Oncol, 22(2), 105-11.

Coffey, J. C. (2013) 'Surgical anatomy and anatomic surgery - Clinical and scientific mutualism', Surgeon, 11(4), 177-82.

Culligan, K., Remzi, F. H., Soop, M. and Coffey, J. C. (2013) 'Review of nomenclature in colonic surgery--proposal of a standardised nomenclature based on mesocolic anatomy', Surgeon, 11(1), 1-5.

Duff, G. P., Chang, K. H., Peirce, C. and Coffey, J. C. (2013) 'Coexistent widespread small intestinal and colonic diverticular disease', BMJ Case Rep, 2013.

Fitzgerald, J. M., Krause, K. E., Yermak, D., Dunne, S., Hannigan, A., Cullen, W., Meagher, D., McGrath, D., Finucane, P., Coffey, J. C. and Dunne, C. (2013) 'The first survey of attitudes of medical students in Ireland towards termination of pregnancy', J Med Ethics, 40(10), 710-3.

Healy, D. A., Aziz, A., Wong, M., Clarke Moloney, M., Coffey, J. C., Grace, P. A., Kinsella, S. and Walsh, S. R. (2013) 'A descriptive cost analysis study of cases of right iliac fossa pain', Int J Surg, 11(7), 524-8.

Healy, D. A., Murphy, S. P., Burke, J. P. and Coffey, J. C. (2013) 'Artificial interfaces ("AI") in surgery: historic development, current status and program implementation in the public health sector', Surg Oncol, 22(2), 77-85.

Hogan, J., O'Connor, C., Aziz, A., O'Callaghan, M., Judge, C., Dunne, C., Burke, J., Walsh, S., Kalady, M. and Coffey, J. C. (2013) 'Consensus transcriptomic profiles can be utilised to differentiate node negative and node positive colorectal cancer', International Journal of Surgery, 11(8), 600.

McCartan, D. P., Burke, J. P., Walsh, S. R. and Coffey, J. C. (2013) 'Purse-string approximation is superior to primary skin closure following stoma reversal: a systematic review and meta-analysis', Tech Coloproctol, 17(4), 345-51.

Medani, M., Kelly, N., Samaha, G., Duff, G., Healy, V., Mulcahy, E., Condon, E., Waldron, D., Saunders, J. and Coffey, J. C. (2013) 'An appraisal of lymph node ratio in colon and rectal cancer: not one size fits all', Int J Colorectal Dis, 28(10), 1377-84.

O'Leary, D. P., Myers, E., Waldron, D. and Coffey, J. C. (2013) 'Beware the contracted gallbladder - Ultrasonic predictors of conversion', Surgeon, 11(4), 187-90.

O'Malley, E., Boyle, E., O'Callaghan, A., Coffey, J. C. and Walsh, S. R. (2013) 'Role of laparoscopy in penetrating abdominal trauma: a systematic review', World J Surg, 37(1), 113-22.

Quintyne, K. I., Woulfe, B., Coffey, J. C. and Gupta, R. K. (2013) 'Correlation between Nottingham Prognostic Index and Adjuvant! Online prognostic tools in patients with early-stage breast cancer in Mid-Western Ireland', Clin Breast Cancer, 13(4), 233-8.

Solon, J. G., Burke, J. P., Walsh, S. R. and Coffey, J. C. (2013) 'The effect of NOD2 polymorphism on postsurgical recurrence in Crohn's disease: a systematic review and meta-analysis of available literature', Inflamm Bowel Dis, 19(5), 1099-105.

Talha, S., Burke, J. P., Waldron, D., Coffey, J. C. and Condon, E. (2013) 'Early quality of life outcomes following Doppler guided transanal haemorrhoidal dearterialisation: a prospective observational study', Acta Gastroenterol Belg, 76(2), 231-4.



Hull, T. L., Joyce, M. R., Geisler, D. P. and Coffey, J. C. (2012) 'Adhesions after laparoscopic and open ileal pouch-anal anastomosis surgery for ulcerative colitis', Br J Surg, 99(2), 270-5.

Kiran, R. P., Ahmed Ali, U., Coffey, J. C., Vogel, J. D., Pokala, N. and Fazio, V. W. (2012) 'Impact of resident participation in surgical operations on postoperative outcomes: National Surgical Quality Improvement Program', Ann Surg, 256(3), 469-75.

O'Connor, C. T., O'Callaghan, M. E., Aziz, A., Dunne, C., Walsh, S. R., Kalady, M. and Coffey, J. C. (2012) 'An evaluation and application of publically available microarray data repositories in colorectal cancer-generation and enrichment of a consensus profile differentiating colorectal primary and metastatic tumours', Ir J Med Sci, 181(1), 21-22.

O'Neill, F., Condon, F., McGloughlin, T., Lenehan, B., Coffey, J. C. and Walsh, M. (2012) 'Validity of synthetic bone as a substitute for osteoporotic cadaveric femoral heads in mechanical testing: A biomechanical study', Bone Joint Res, 1(4), 50-5.

Wong, C. S., Healy, D., Canning, C., Coffey, J. C., Boyle, J. R. and Walsh, S. R. (2012) 'A systematic review of spinal cord injury and cerebrospinal fluid drainage after thoracic aortic endografting', J Vasc Surg, 56(5), 1438-47.


Kronberg, U., Kiran, R. P., Soliman, M. S., Hammel, J. P., Galway, U., Coffey, J. C. and Fazio, V. W. (2011) 'A characterization of factors determining postoperative ileus after laparoscopic colectomy enables the generation of a novel predictive score', Ann Surg, 253(1), 78-81.

O'Neill, F., Condon, F., McGloughlin, T., Lenehan, B., Coffey, J. C. and Walsh, M. (2011) 'Dynamic hip screw versus DHS blade: a biomechanical comparison of the fixation achieved by each implant in bone', J Bone Joint Surg Br, 93(5), 616-21.

Romics, L., Jr., Dy, E. A., Coffey, J. C., Herlihy, D., Aftab, F., Chaudhry, M. Z., Fogarty, K., O'Donnell, J. A. and Redmond, H. P. (2011) 'Initial experiences with isolated limb perfusion for unresectable melanoma of the limb', Ir J Med Sci, 180(2), 517-20.

Rowan, F., Docherty, N. G., Murphy, M., Murphy, T. B., Coffey, J. C. and O'Connell, P. R. (2011) 'Ileal pouch microbial diversity', Ann Surg, 254(4), 669; author reply 669-70.



Professor Coffey teaches at all levels from medical students to established consultants. He has delivered invited lectures at several surgical master classes and has developed a training system for established surgeons.

Educational Interests include developing novel modalities for surgical postgraduate education. Adaptation of on-line facilities and archives to suit education in surgical technique. Generation of novel mechanisms for high definition, high resolution recording of surgical operations. Development of new techniques for skill assessment and improvement in surgery. Integration of undergraduate medical students in postgraduate surgical research programs.


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.

Academic Qualifications

B.Sc (Anatomy) Hons University College Cork, 1995

MB., B.Ch., BAO., B.MedSci., UniversityCollege Cork, 1998

AFRCSI, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, 2001

PhD, UniversityCollege Cork, 2004

FRCS (Gen.Surg), Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, 2009

CS , fellowship in colorectal surgery, The Cleveland Clinic



Research/Fellowship Awards

He is the recipient of the international James IV Travelling Fellowship Award which is arguably one of the most prestigious international surgical awards. This was for his work in colorectal cancer surgery and his scientific research in the field. In 2012 he was recipient of the Cleveland Clinic Distinguished Alumnus award for which he delivered an invited lecture. He is also the recipient of over 45 national and international awards, has over 180 publications and has delivered several named national and international lectures (Millin lecture, 2012, Sir Thomas Myles Lecture 2011, inaugural Young Invertigator Lecture at the Surgical Infection Society of Europe).

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