Professor J Calvin Coffey is a Consultant General and Colorectal Surgeon and Foundation Chair of Surgery at the Graduate Entry Medical School, University of Limerick and University Hospital Limerick. After initially training in Cork University Hospital, where he also received his PhD for work on cancer growth, he later trained in the Mater Misericordiae Hospital, St. Vincent’s University Hospital, and completed a fellowship in colorectal surgery at the Cleveland Clinic. He has a special surgical interest in minimally invasive surgery, with a clinical focus in colorectal cancer, inflammatory bowel diseases, and pelvic floor abnormalities. He pioneered robotic assisted intestinal surgery in Ireland and led the establishment of the programme for robotic assisted surgery in University Hospital Limerick.
As an active member of scientific research and education, he has a focus in the delivery of excellence of standards in relation to health service provision, education at undergraduate and postgraduate surgical levels and research at all levels of the translational process. Most recently, his research has led to the re-classification of the mesentery as an organ (t.co/4aeJtc3LSG), putting into question its potential role in disease and treatment and establishing a new scientific field. He is the principle author of the book “Mesenteric Principles of Gastrointestinal Surgery: Basic and Applied Science” (http://ow.ly/Y4Db30ar60z) which is the first reference text on mesenteric science and surgery. He is editor in chief of the newly formed journal “Mesentery and Peritoneum” (http://map.amegroups.com/). He has authored over fifty book chapters and several hundred manuscripts. He has delivered several named international lectures and his work in colorectal surgery and scientific research in the field contributed to becoming a recipient of the international James IV Travelling Fellowship Award, arguably one of the most prestigious international surgical awards.