- South East Dublin Department of Anaesthesia



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SVUH Grand Rounds 2021 Anaesthesia, Intensive Care and Pain Medicine (virtual)

PGA Conference, New York, December 10-13th, 2021

RCoA Winter Symposium, December 2-3rd, 2021 (virtual)

Gilmartin Lecture, CAI, December 9th, 2021 (virtual)

Inaugral Dublin Advanced Pain and Symptom Management Course, December 9-10th, 2021 (in-person)

Interventional Approaches for Cancer Related Pain & Acute Pain and Persistent Post Surgical Pain Conference, 16-17th December, 2021 (virtual)

Euroanaesthesia Conference, 17-19th December, 2021 (virtual)

Winter Scientific Meeting, January 13-14th, 2022 (virtual)

8th Karua'i Pain Conference, March 4-5th, 2022 (hybrid)

Annual Congress of Anaesthesiology 2022, May 19-20th, 2022 (hybrid)

Euroanaesthesia 2022, June 4-6th, 2022 (hybrid)

Hyperbaric Medicine
Video lectures, Karolinska Institute

UCD Connections 2020/21

UCD celebrates 50 years at Belfield

Trek Ireland virtual tours - Explore Ireland from home

Discover - The Wild Atlantic Way

RTE/Notre Dame 1916 Easter Rising Commemoration

Welcome to SEDDA

-South East Dublin Department of Anaesthesia, Ireland

SEDDA is the aggregation of the Departments of Anaesthesia of seven participating hospitals located in the South East of Dublin.  With St. Vincent'sa University Hospital at the core, the other constituent hospitals are The National Maternity Hospital, The Royal Victoria Eye & Ear Hospital, St. Luke’s Hospital, St. Michael's Hospital, St. Columcille’s Hospital, and the National Rehabilitation Hospital. Read more...

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Dr Hugh GallagherDr. Michael O'Dwyer, Chairman 2019 - 2021

Department of Anaesthesia, Intensive Care and Pain Medicine, Saint Vincent's University Hospital



Associate Professor Crina Burlacu, SVUH

Congratulations to Associate Professor Crina Burlacu, Consultant Anaesthesiologist and Simulation Lead, on her appointment by the Board of Directors of the European Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care for the membership of ESAIC Simulation Committee starting January 1st, 2022.




Professor Alistair Nichol, Consultant Anaesthestist, SVUH

Congratulatuions to Professor Alistair Nichol, UCD Chair of Critical Care Medicine, who received a special commendation from the Irish Research Council for his ‘exceptional contribution’ to the field of medical research, relating to critical care clinical trials and the global fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.




Congratulatons to Dr. Amy Donnelly, SVUH Young Teaching Recognition Award, ESAIC 2021

Congratulatons to Dr. Amy Donnelly on winning the award that acknowledges and encourages individuals with outstanding and innovative teaching skills who will have an impact on the dissemination of knowledge and competencies.

Prof. John Boylan, Consultant Anaesthetist, SVUH, UCD School of Medicine

Congratulations to Prof. John Boylan who, in recognition of his continued contribution throughout his career to the advancement of Anaesthesia by his teaching & research, has recently been honoured with an academic appointment as UCD Clinical Professor, within the school's academic section of Biomedical Sciences.



Dr Andrew Westbrook, Dean of the the Joint Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine Ireland

Congratulations to Dr Andrew Westbrook, Intensivist, Consultant Anaesthetist SVUH on his recent appointment to Dean of the the Joint Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine Ireland.


Dr Hugh Gallagher, Dean of the Faculty of Pain Medicine, CAI

Congratulations to Dr Hugh Gallagher, Consultant Anaesthetist, SVUH on his recent appointment to Dean of the Faculty of Pain Medicine, CAI.

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Dr Kirk Levins, Consultant Anaesthetist, Pain Specialist, SVUH and National Maternity Hospital

Congratulations to Dr Kirk Levins on his upcoming appointment as Consultant Anaesthetist, Pain Specialist, SVUH, the National Maternity Hospital, and the National Rehabilitation Hospital.



SVUH Airway Skills Workshop, September 29th, 2021

Coordinator Prof. Crina Burlacu




SVUH Anaesthesiology Bootcamp, SVUH, July 20th & 24th, 2021

Coordinator Prof. Crina Burlacu



A novel application of 2019 Difficult Airway Society guidelines for Awake Tracheal Intubation using Videolaryngoscopy {ATI:VL} for a biopsy of a hypopharyngeal tumour

by Dr. Sinead J. O’Byran, Assoc. Prof. Crina Burlacu, Department of Anaesthesia, SVUH.
Abstract accepted by Euroanaesthesia 2021


Reinstating a national simulation programme in anaesthesiology during the coronavirus pandemic

by Sinead Campbell, Dr Sarah Corbett, and Prof. Crina L Burlacu, SVUH




CAI National Airway Masterclass, SVUH, May 10th 2021




Prof. Alistair Nichol leads global COVID-19 clinical trial in Ireland

Prof. Alistair Nichol, Chair of Critical Care Medicine UCD, Chair of the Irish Critical Care trials group, Intensivist & Consultant Anaesthetist SVUH/UCD to lead international clinical trial in Ireland on COVID-19 ICU patients.

This global multi-centred trial is been set to evaluate potential treatments for COVID-19 patients. It will test a number of agents including antivirals and immunomodulatory agents to determine if these treatments are additionally beneficial to standard ICU supportive care.

The Irish Health Research Board (HRB) is to provide grants for funding the COVID-19 domains of REMAP-CAP, an international designed study set up to evaluate treatments for Community Acquired Pneumonia (CAP).

This study has now been revisited & repurposed to evaluate COVID-19 patients .



Tacilizumab and Sarilumab improve survival in REMAP-CAP study, January 2021



Multi-platform anticoagulation in COVID-19 trial results, August 2021




Local Anaesthesia for Ophthalmic Surgery Workshop - November 2nd, 2021






Government approves Sláintecare Implementation Strategy and Action Plan - 12th May 2021



Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly TD, announces a crucial step in the development of a national trauma system for Ireland - 27th April, 2021



Book Launch - Safety As We Watch: Anaesthesia in Ireland, 1847-1998









College of Anaesthesiologists celebrating 10 year anniversary of Simulation Training 2010-2020




Medical Council launches telemedicine guidelines - Phone and video consultations - A Guide for Doctors








Irish Perioperative Medicine Society launch, 23rd March 2021





Launch of new helipad at Sligo University Hospital, March 2021

Photo courtesy of Irish Air Corps





SVUH Annual Dept Medal Awards Recipients 2020

Dr Gerry Dorrian Memorial Award:   SpR in Anaesthesia 2020
Recipient:  Dr Amy Donnelly

Dr Seamus O’Donnell Memorial Award:  SpR in ICU 2020
Recipient:  Dr David Roche                                              

Dr Dick Nolan Memorial Award:  BST in Anaesthesia 2020
Recipient:   Dr Sophia Angelov




SVUH Department of Anaesthesia Audit Meeting 17th December 2020




St. Vincent's University Hospital

St. Vincent's University Hospital updated Covid-19 information.




Prof. Alistair Nichol - NEJM July 16th 2020



Prof. Alistair Nichol


Irish Critical Care Network, Belfast, January 2021



Irish Critical Care Network, Belfast, January 2020



Irish Critical Care Network, Belfast, January 2019


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Clinical Trial, N Engl J Med. 2017

D James Cooper, Zoe K McQuilten, Prof. Alistair Nichol, Bridget Ady, Cécile Aubron, Michael Bailey, Rinaldo Bellomo, Dashiell Gantner, David O Irving, Kirsi-Maija Kaukonen, Colin McArthur, Lynne Murray, Ville Pettilä, Craig French

Age of Red Cells for Transfusion and Outcomes in Critically Ill Adults

N Engl J Med. 2017 Sep 27


Prof. Alistair Nichol, Intensive Care Unit, St Vincent's University Hospital - Monash University, Austraila

2018 updates on current SVUH research studies

2019 Updates on current SVUH research studies





Anaesthesia and Airway Management for suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients, Prof. Crina Burlacu

Dr. Crina Burlacu

St Vincent's Healthcare Group - Operating Theatre Procedures for suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients.

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Irish Association for Simulation Virtual Symposium - 25th February 2021.


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Prof. Crina Burlacu, SVUH Anaesthesia Bootcamp, July 20-24th 2020



Modular Year in Simulation at St. Vincent's University Hospital and the College of Anaesthesiologists of Ireland.

Congratulations to Dr. Ruth Boylan for the publication of her article with title 'Modular Year In Simulation' at St. Vincent's University Hospital and the College of Anaesthesiologists of Ireland in Anaesthesia News, April 2020. Ruth is writing on her experiences in her final special interest year. This is a must read for any other trainee who is interested in pursuing a simulation fellowship.

The recent Irish Issue of Anaesthesia News was edited by Dr. Wouter Jonker, Convenor, Irish Standing Committee, and can be accessed online by active AAGBI members at



10th anniversary of the CAI simulation training (CASC), March 5th, 2020

SVUH anaesthesiologists and intensivists are constantly contributing to simulation teaching at the College on a diverse range of general, sub-speciality and intensive care courses.







Ireland’s first ever liver and double lung transplant recipient recovering well, June 2019






UCL Perioperative Medicine in Action Online Course - Available now






Dr. Stephen Duff awarded UCD Foundation Newman Fellowship 2018

This Fellowship, supported by Abbott Diagnostics, will investigate novel biomarkers of Acute Kidney Injury.







Akkure achieves funding targets of 3m to match patients with relevant clinical trials.

Dr. Oran Rigby, Consultant Intensivist SVUH, helps sets up patients for relevant clinical trials through his digital company Akkure. 


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SVAF provides aid to displaced children at Fr W. Stuart School, Refugee Camp, Tyre, South Lebanon

The St. Vincents Anaesthesia Foundation gladly supports Dr Richard Assaf, Consultant Anaesthetist, in his continuing endeavours to provide aid to the Rosminians Fathers for the "Displaced Children's Fund" and the Fr William Stuart run school, part of the Schools for Syria project, based at the Rashidieh Refugee camp in Tyre, South Lebanon.

View message of thanks from Fr. Stuart in Lebanon

Watch update from Fr. Stuart in Lebanon




Tumaini La Maisha (Their Lives Matter), Dar-El-Salaam

SVAF contributes to the caring of Children with Cancer at the Ocean Road Cancer Institute, Dar-El-Salaam 2017 - 2020

Dr Niamh Conlon, Consultant Anaesthetist, SVUH



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Hon. Fellowship, Faculty of Sports & Exercise Medicine, RCSI

Congratulations to Dr Roger McMorrow, Consultant Anaesthetist, SVUH & National Maternity Hospital

Successful summiteer Caudwell Xtreme Everest Expedition 2007



Hon. Fellowship, Faculty of Sports & Exercise Medicine, RCSI

Congratulations to Dr Michael O'Dwyer, Intensivist and Consultant Anaesthetist, SVUH

Successful summiteer Caudwell Xtreme Everest Expedition 2007