Irish Association of Plastic Surgeons Meeting,9-10 May 2013
Guest Speakers

We are pleased to welcome a diverse and distinguished panel of international speakers to participate in the educational sessions of the 2013 summer IAPS meeting.

William J Casey is a board certified Plastic Surgeon and Assistant Professor at the Mayo Clinic Arizona. He carried out his training at the Mayo Clinic Rochester, Minnesota. His interests include cosmetic and reconstructive breast surgery (includes DIEP and augmentation) and Body contouring including after massive weight loss (abdominoplasty/ liposuction).
Dr. Randall Craft earned his medical degree at The Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus. He completed his general surgery residency at Mayo Clinic Arizona and his plastic surgery residency at the Harvard Plastic Surgery Combined Residency Program in Boston, Mass. Dr. Craft is Board certified in Surgery. He completed a combined research and clinical fellowship at the Bernard O’Brien Institute of Microsurgery in Melbourne, Australia. He specializes in breast reconstruction.
Dr. Ellen Feehan is an Associate Principle in McKinsey & Company’s Sydney office. Ellen has worked predominantly in healthcare systems and services – with a focus on strategy, transformational change, implementation, and working with healthcare professionals to deliver healthcare value. In 2010 she completed a period of consultancy at the Department of Essential Health Technologies of the World Health Organization, where she developed a health planning tool for Emergency and Essential Surgical Care for low and middle income countries. Ellen has served hospitals and physician groups, governments and payors, across the UK, Ireland, the US and Australia.

Professor Michael Kerin is Professor of Surgery at NUI Galway and Consultant Breast/Endocrine Surgeon at Galway University Hospitals. He previously held appointments in Dublin and the UK. He has published widely in the field of breast cancer and has authored over 200 papers, and many book chapters. He is passionate about the role of research in surgical training in both undergraduate and postgraduate fields.

Professor Wayne Morrison is the Director of the O’Brien Institute and Executive Director of the O'Brien Foundation. He recently retired as the Hugh Devine Professor and Head of The University of Melbourne Department of Surgery and Head of Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne. In 1982 he became the Deputy Director of the Microsurgery Research Centre and upon the death of Mr Bernard O'Brien became Director of the centre when it was renamed the Bernard O'Brien Institute of Microsurgery in 1992 (now known as The O'Brien Institute). As Director of the Institute, Professor Morrison oversees a research and training institution that has an international reputation for excellence. He is actively involved in the training of Research Fellows who come to Australia for periods of one or more years. Professor Morrison oversees a research and training institution that has an international reputation for excellence. He is also actively involved in the training of Research Fellows who come to Australia for periods of one or more years.  He has had a distinguished career in Plastic surgery especially in Reconstructive Microsurgery and Hand surgery and is currently very involved in research related to Tissue Engineering.

Mr David Orr is a Consultant Plastic Surgeon in St James Hospital, Dublin and Our Ladys Hospital for Sick Children, Dublin. He has a special interest in surgery for Cleft Lip and Palate. He has trained in Ireland, UK and Australia. He is currently Program Director for Higher Surgical Training in Plastic Surgery  in Ireland.


James M Sheehan established the Blackrock Clinic, a private clinic in 1984 where he was a Specialist in Replacement Hip and Knee Joints.  He is Director of Blackrock Medical Partners and was also instrumental in the development of the Galway and the Hermitage Clinics.   Mr Sheehan graduated from University College Dublin in 1963 with gold medals in surgery, medicine and obstetrics and went on to become an Orthopaedic Surgeon in St Vincent’s Hospital and Cappagh Orthopaedic Hospital.   He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland and he holds an M.Sc in Bioengineering and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Surrey. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers of Ireland and the Irish Academy of Engineering.   Mr Sheehan is widely recognised as having transformed the face of private healthcare in Ireland and is a hugely respected businessman as well as a respected medical professional. A strong proponent of the value of an independent hospital system to complement State healthcare, he has been a prominent objector to the Government’s proposed co-location system for hospitals.

Christian Vercler is a craniofacial surgeon at the University of Michigan.  He completed general surgery training at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia and plastic surgery at the Harvard plastic surgery program in Boston, Massachusetts.  He has a special interest in medical ethics, having earned masters of arts degrees in both theology and bioethics.  He has served on ethics committees since 1998, and has taught medical ethics to residents and medical students at Emory University, Harvard, and the University of Michigan.