National Details

National Population: 4.77 million

ESCP Members: 56

Societies: Irish Association of Coloproctology & Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland

ESCP Ireland Representative: Mr Jurgen Mulsow (

National Examination: Intercollegiate Fellowship Examination (Colorectal) (FRCSI Gen Surg)

Journal: Colorectal Disease

Irish Association of Coloproctology

President: Mr Brian Mehigan (St James's Hospital Dublin)

Secretary: Mr John Burke (Beaumont Hospital Dublin)

The Irish Association of Coloproctology is an all-Ireland organisation of surgeons with members in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. The AGM normally takes place each May and is held jointly with the Chapter Meeting of The Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland (

Past meetings

  • 2019 Beaumont Hospital Dublin, hosted by Mr John Burke and Mr Kourosh Khosraviani. The meeting included a Festschrift for Mr Joseph Deasy and included guest speakers Prof Brendan Moran and Prof Ronan O'Connell.
  • 2018 The annual meeting was held in Belfast, hosted by Mr Kourosh Khosraviani. Prof James Hill, President ACPGBI, gave the Guest Lecture on the topic of stenting for malignant large bowel obstruction.
  • 2017 This year's IACP meeting was held in Waterford, and was hosted by Mr Fiachra Cooke.
  • 2016 This year's IACP meeting was held in conjunction with the Royal Society of Medicine (Section of Coloproctology) Overseas Meeting, and was hosted by the Mater Hospital, Dublin.
  • 2015 The 2015 meeting was hosted by St. James' Hospital, Dublin.
  • 2014 The 2014 meeting was held in Belfast, hosted by the President Mr John Moorehead.
  • 2013 The 2013 meeting was hosted by St. James' Hospital, Dublin.
  • 2012 The Annual Meeting of the IACP was held on the 11th and 12th May in Cork, hosted by the President, Mr. Michael ORiordain. Professor Fergus Shanahan, Professor of Medicine at University College Cork (NUI) and Consultant Gastroenterologist, Cork University Hospital  gave the Guest Lecture.


In 2020 the IACP will for the first time hold a combined meeting with the Irish Society of Gastroenterology, currently chaired by Dr Tony Tham. The combined meeting, originally due to take place in May, has been rescheduled due to COVID 19 and will now take place on 12-13th November.

The intent had been to proceed with the meeting in the traditional format however the ongoing COVID 19 crisis has necessitated a switch to a virtual format with an abridged programme. The AGM of the IACP will take place at the time of the meeting, again in a virtual format.

Full meeting details and registration can be found at



Forthcoming National Meetings

Joint meeting of the Irish Association of Coloproctology and Irish Society of Gastroenterology

November 12-13, 2020. (VIRTUAL MEETING)

Registration and meeting details at:

Meeting draft programme:


Thursday 12th November

Managing Portal Hypertension

Dr Guadulupe Garcia- Tsao, Yale School of Medicine, USA

Artificial Intelligence in Endoscopy

Prof Michael B Wallace, Mayo Clinic, Florida, USA.

Primary Biliary Cholangitis

Dr David Jones, Consultant Gastroenterologist, Newcastle, UK          

Colonic Stents for obstructing Colorectal Cancer

Dr Jo Vandervoort Chief of Gastroenterology, Onze Lieve Vrouwziekenhuis Hospital, Belgium              

Changing Demographic of Colorectal Cancer

Prof Matt Rutter, North Tees & Harlepool NHS Trust, UK.


Friday 13th November

Liver Session

Epidemic of NAFLD & its impact today

Dr Ian Rowe, Consultant Hepatologist, St James Hospital Leeds

Prof Helen Heneghan, St Vincent's University Hospital Dublin


Endoscopy in Pancreatitis

Prof Amrita Sethi, Director of Pancreaticobiliary Care, Columbia University Medical Centre


IBD Session

Managing the Pregnant Patient with IBD

Prof Catherine Nelson – Piercy, Imperial College, London

Deep Remission in Crohn's Disease

Prof Remo Panaccionne, Director IBD Clinic, University of Calgary, Western Ontario. Canada


Plenary Session for IACP Symposium: “Challenging Colorectal Polyps”

Endoscopic resection of large colorectal polyps

Prof Doug Rex, Consultant Gastroenterologist, University Hospital, Indiana. USA.

Challenges to Pathology in the new era of endoscopy/screening

Prof Kieran Sheahan, Consultant Histopathologist, St Vincent’s Hospital Dublin.

Surgical perspectives in the management of colorectal polyps

Prof Robin Kennedy, Consultant Surgeon. St Marks Hospital, London





All Ireland Colorectal Cancer Conference 2020

The meeting has been rescheduled from its original date in March and is now due to take place in Dublin on 27th November as a virtual meeting.

Further details at: 









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