General Surgery

Our General Surgery teams evaluate and treat a full range of general surgery conditions and perform a range of open and, more commonly, laparoscopic procedures. A minimally invasive approach to surgery, laparoscopic procedures afford our patients the benefit of smaller incisions, less pain, fewer heart, lung and wound complications and shortened hospital stay.

Our General Surgeons have special interests including colorectal and upper gastrointestinal surgery. Our surgeons work closely with other medical specialties to provide optimal patient care and collaborate with other departments in the hospital including the Endoscopy and Gastrointestinal Department.  Collaboration by our Surgeons with referring physicians is an essential part of the management of every patient’s care.




The surgical removal of the vermiform appendix.


The removal of a sample of tissue for examination under a microscope to check for cancer cells or other abnormalities.


Hemorrhoidectomy is surgery to remove hemorrhoids.

Laparoscopic Colectomy

Laparoscopic colectomy, also called minimally invasivecolectomy, involves several small incisions in your abdomen. Your surgeon passes a tiny video camera through one incision and special surgical tools through the other incisions.

Laparscopic anterior resection

It is an operation to surgically remove the rectum via the abdomen and to restore continuity of the bowel

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Zafar Iqbal
Consultant General and Colorectal Surgeon
General Surgery, Endoscopy General Surgery
Bon Secours Hospital Tralee
Phone: (066) 714 9895 Fax: (066) 7149813

Mr Zafar Iqbal

Consultant General and Colorectal Surgeon


Mr Zafar Iqbal is a Consultant General Surgeon and Colorectal Surgeon at the Bon Secours Hospital Tralee, bringing his vast experience in complex open and laparoscopic surgery in colorectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease and proctology to patients in County Kerry. He also specialises in upper and lower GI endoscopy, Laparoscopic general surgery, Laparoscopic/open incisional, inguinal and recurrent hernia surgery.

Throughout his specialist training, Mr Iqbal completed a clinical fellowship in Colorectal Surgery at the Castle Hill Hospital in Cottingham and the Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust.  Mr Iqbal was a Registrar at the University College Hospital in Galway for 3 years where he attained extensive experience in the diagnosis and management of general surgical patients.

Mr Iqbal has taken part in numerous research projects and presentations; including the Post Presentation for the Irish Society of Gastroenterologists and the Poster Presentation for Association of Laparoscopic  Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland in 2008 and the International Journal of Surgery Case Report in 2014.

Specialist Interest 

Mr Iqbal has a Specialist interest in all aspects of General and Colorectal Surgery. 


  • Intercollegiate Specialty Board FRCS (General Surgery) (2011)
  • Diploma in Laparoscopic Surgery-Strasbourg France (2008)
  • ATLS- Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (2005)
  • CCrISP- Royal College of Surgeons in England (2004)
  • ACLS- Irish Heart Foundation (2004)
  • FRCSI- Royal College Of Surgeons in Ireland (2003)
  • BSSC- Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (2001)
  • MBBS – University of Karachi, Pakistan (1992)

Previous Appointments

  • James Connolly Memorial Hospital, Blanchardstown, Dublin
  • Midwestern Regional Hospital in Clare and Tipperary
  • Portiuncula hospital, Ballinasloe
  • Castle Hill Hospital, Cottingham
  • Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust
  • University College Hospital, Galway
  • AMNCG Tallaght, Dublin
  • Naas General Hospital, Kildare
  • Midland Regional Hospital, Mullingar
  • Our lady of Lourdes hospital, Drogheda
  • The Adelaide & Meath Hospital, Tallaght , Dublin
  • Bon Secours Hospital, Glasnevin, Dublin
  • Midland Regional Hospital, Portlaoise
  • Our Lady’s Hospital, Navan
  • Monaghan General Hospital
  • Bantry General Hospital, Co. Cork
  • University Hospital ,Cork
  • General Hospital, Letterkenny, Donegal
  • University Hospital Tralee, Co. Kerry

Contact Details

  • Mr Zafar Iqbal
  • Bon Secours Hospital Tralee, Strand St, Tralee, Co. Kerry
Kevin Murray
General Surgeon
General Surgery, Endoscopy General Surgery
Bon Secours Hospital Tralee
Phone: 066 7164582 Fax: 0667164562

Mr Kevin Murray

General Surgeon


Mr. Murray, a Consultant General Surgeon, graduated in in 1991 from University College Dublin and undertook his Higher Surgical training in Ireland, England, the United States & Australia. Mr Murray was awarded a Fellowship at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (FRSCI) in 1995 and a Master of Surgery from the National University of Ireland in 1999. He subsequently was awarded the FRCS (Gen Surg.) in 2005 upon completion of his Higher Surgical Training. Mr. Murray continues to work as a Consultant General Surgeon at University Hospital Kerry where he is also the Clinical Lead for Endoscopy and the NCSS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme

Specialist Interests

Upper and lower GI endoscopy

Laparoscopic general surgery.

Open and laparoscopic colorectal surgery

Laparoscopic and open hernia incisional/inguinal and recurrent surgery




Contact Details

  • Mr Kevin Murray
Ezzat Tadros
Consultant General Surgeon
General Surgery General Surgery
Bon Secours Hospital Tralee
Phone: 066 7149891 Fax: 066 7164553

Mr Ezzat Tadros

Consultant General Surgeon


Mr Ezzat Tadros is an Irish and UK trained Consultant General Surgeon with a specialist interest in laparascopic, colorectal as well as upper and lower gastro-intestinal endoscopy.

Mr Tadros undertook his basic surgical training here in Ireland and was awarded his CCST in 2000 both in the UK and in Ireland.

He holds the fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (FRCSI) since 1991 and the Intercollegiate Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland (FRCS Gen-Surg) since 1999.

He has worked as a Consultant General Surgeon since 2001 spending most of this time in University Hospital Waterford.



Contact Details

  • Mr Ezzat Tadros
  • Suite 6, Kerry Clinic, Bon Secours Hospital Tralee

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