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Prof. Donal Brennan

Professor Donal Brennan MB BCh BAO (Hons), MRCPI, MRCOG, PhD

UCD Professor of Gynaecological Oncology
Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecological Oncologist
Mater Misericordiae University Hospital/ National Maternity Hospital / St Vincent’s University Hospital


Biographical sketch: Donal Brennan graduated from University College Dublin School of Medicine in 2003.  He was awarded a PhD in cancer biology by University College Dublin in 2008. He undertook specialist training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology working in the National Maternity Hospital, Cork University Maternity Hospital, The Coombe and The Rotunda Maternity hospitals. His main research interests are in biomarker development, tumour inflammation and obesity related carcinogenesis.

He has received several awards for his research and was awarded European Young Researcher of the Year in 2010. He has over 60 peer-reviewed publications and has been named on 6 international patents. In 2012 he relocated to Brisbane to undertake subspecialist training in gynaecological oncology in the Queensland Centre for Gynaecological Cancer and also completed a fellowship in general and colorectal surgery. During his time in Brisbane he was a visiting scientist at the QIMR-Berghofer Medical Research Institute.

Donal was appointed as UCD Professor of Gynaecological Oncology and Consultant Gynaecological Oncologist at the  Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, St Vincents University Hosptial and the National Maternity Hospital in 2016. His main surgical interests are laparoscopic pelvic surgery and cytoreductive surgery for advanced ovarian cancer.  He also enjoys caring for obstetric patients, particularly those with complex surgical histories.