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Prof Niall O'Higgins

Prof Niall O'Higgins



Niall O’Higgins is Professor Emeritus of Surgery, University College Dublin

Niall O’Higgins graduated from Medical School in University College Dublin and received his surgical training in Ireland and England, mainly at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School, London.

He was appointed the Professor and Chair of the University College Dublin Department of Surgery and Consultant Surgeon (St Vincent’s University H ospital) in1977, a position he held for 30 years.

Niall O’Higgins is a general surgeon with special interest in surgical oncology, especially breast cancer. He’s been involved in over 300 scientific publications, mainly on breast cancer research and clinical surgery. He is Co-editor of a major textbook of surgery.

Niall O’Higgins received Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and of the American College of Surgeons. He was awarded Honorary Fellowships from the College of Surgeons of South Africa, Bangladesh and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. He received the President’s Gold Medal of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

Niall O’Higgins is former President of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, of the European Society of Surgical Oncology (1994-1998), and of the Federation of European Cancer Societies (1997-1999) and former Chairman of the Accreditation Council for Oncology in Europe (ACOE). He was also Chairman of the Editorial Board of the European Journal of Surgical Oncology (EJSO) from 2001 to 2008.

He was extensively involved in establishing a system of breast cancer services and in BreastCheck, the National Breast Cancer Screening Service and in the establishment of guidelines of quality of care for breast cancer in Ireland and in Europe. He was also Chairman of the Expert Group on colorectal cancer screening in Ireland.

Niall O’Higgins became Honorary Member of ESSO in 2012.

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