About Ann

I am an Irish trained Consultant Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeon working in full-time private practice at the Bon Secours Hospital Cork. I am passionate about providing swift, high-quality care to both adults and children in a centre of excellence and innovation.

I graduated my study of medicine and surgery with honours at University College Cork (U.C.C) in 2001 and underwent basic surgical training (with the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland) between Cork and Dublin. During that time I developed an interest in treating athletes and completed a Masters in Medical Science in Sports Medicine with U.C.C.

Wanting to learn more about the body’s response to injury I went to Harvard Medical School and completed a two-year research fellowship at the Brigham and Womens’ Hospital. I won the Irish Association of Plastic Surgery Gerry Edwards Award, the British Association of Plastic Surgery John Calder Award and the International Society of Leucocyte Biology Award for my research and was awarded my Doctorate by U.C.C.

I returned home to complete the 6 year Irish Higher Surgical Training Scheme in Plastic Surgery. I attained the FRCS(Plast) Intercollegiate examination and then went on clinical fellowships in Toronto where I gained subspecialty training in hand surgery and complex wound reconstruction, as well as the latest techniques in adult burn and paediatric burn reconstruction, including scar modulation and LASER therapy.

I was appointed as Consultant Plastic Surgeon at St James’s Hospital and Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Dublin in 2016. I have a strong academic interest and plan to continue my research by examining the role of both stem cells and LASER in the appearance of scarring and contractures. In addition to my private practice, I remain committed to teaching and am a director of Advanced Trauma Life Support training in Ireland and a consultant trainer for Higher Plastic Surgery Trainees in Ireland with the RCSI.

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Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland Award
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MB BAO BCh: Bachelors Degree in Medicine, Obstetrics and Surgery, University College Cork 2001

MRCSI: Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland 2003

MMedSci: Masters in Medical Science, Sports Medicine, University College Cork 2005

MD: Postgraduate Doctorate of Medicine, University College Cork (through Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA) 2009

FRCS (Plast): Intercollegiate Speciality Examination in Plastic Surgery 2014

CCST: Completion Certificate of Surgical Training 2015

Diploma in Total Burn Care: University of Toronto 2016

plastic reconstructive surgery degree
MD Degree
masters in medical science

Awards & Fellowships

  • Title of College Scholar from University College Cork, 2000
  • Travelling Fellowship from the International Society of Leucocyte Biology, 2006
  • John Calder Memorial Medal from the British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons, 2007
  • Gerry Edwards Memorial Medal from the Irish Association of Plastic Surgeons, 2007
  • Travelling Fellowship from the American Burn Association, 2016
  • Travelling Fellowship from the British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons, 2016
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The Medical Council
Irish Association of Plastic Surgeons
Bon Secours Health System
Royal College of Surgeons Ireland
American Society of Plastic Surgeons
American Burn Association
University College Cork