Having excitedly accepted an offer to travel to Sydney to speak at a meeting later this year I find myself more than a little bit apprehensive as the presenter of the topic ‘The doctor of the Future’. How can anyone know how we’ll be practicing medicine in, say, 10 years? The world is changing very, …Read the Rest


In: Blog, Social Media, The practice of Medicine, Videos

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“Its just like taking you home with me doctor.” The comment came, accompanied by a wink and warm smile, from a patient called Mary. Mary was giving me some honest feedback on some informational videos (featuring me) that I had sent to her using a platform called Vidscrip*. Just in case you were wondering. Vidscrip …Read the Rest

“Are you bored yet?” I can remember my old boss asking the question, a few years into my new job as a medical consultant. How could I have been bored? I was doing what I had always aspired to do, in the city I loved and grew up in, and of course I was being …Read the Rest


Dec 26

Of late, I have become rather obsessed with the idea of my own mortality. And I’m rather enjoying myself in the process. A pea sized, previously un-noticed lymph node in my neck fast forwards me (despite the firm reassurance of my GP) to the lymphoma and failed bone marrow transplant that will take me away …Read the Rest

It must be great, people say to my wife, to have a doctor as a husband. They imagine a doctor spouse as an infinite source of medical information, a calm presence in the face of a family medical crisis or someone with an ‘always on’ bedside manner. Take it from me – its not all …Read the Rest


Nov 23


In: Blog, Medical conferences, Social Media

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DotMed 2013 will be held on Friday December 6th in Smock Alley Theatre in Dublin. DotMed is a Festival of the future of medicine. This years programme will include presentations from an amazing line up of international speakers on the future of medicine, social media and digital health from Dr. Bryan Vartebedian , Dr. Bertalan …Read the Rest

“All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone”. So said Blaise Pascal way back in the sixteen hundreds. Last month, to the great amusement of some of my surgical colleagues, I attended a meditation workshop at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. It was delivered by Brother …Read the Rest

“Attending a medical conference using Twitter is like the difference between driving a Mini and a Ferrari” This nice quote (paraphrased) from my  New Zealand twitter community friend, Dr. Rebecca Grainger, nicely sums up the intensity of the dynamic of using Twitter at a medical conference. Having grown a little stale and tired of the …Read the Rest


In: Blog, Medical conferences, Rheumatology

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Despite the fact that herbal cannabis is being used by many patients for arthritis symptom relief, and although the medical use of cannabis has been legalised in certain countries, most doctors (including me) know very little about the subject. This years American College of Rheumatology meeting included an excellent and timely update which could be …Read the Rest


In: Blog, Medical conferences, Medical Independant

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Every year around this time, I begin to get excited about travelling to the annual scientific meeting for my specialty in the US. The schoolboy in me sees the journey as a kind of adventure, a grown-up’s version of a school trip abroad. I always pack my bag a little earlier than is necessary, make …Read the Rest