About Us

Our digestive surgery unit offers a comprehensive and specialist service for the diagnosis and treatment of all gastrointestinal conditions, including 

  • Colorectal cancer
  • Anal cancer
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Benign perianal conditions
  • Diverticular disease
  • Faecal incontinence
  • Pelvic floor dysfunction
  • Groin, Incisional, and Parastomal herniae
  • Gallstone disease
  • Obesity
  • Metatstaic liver disease
  • Pesudomyxoma peritonei

The Mater is one of the eight national cancer centres, and treats a very significant number of patients with colorectal cancer each year. Our surgeons specialise in minimally invasive surgery ("keyhole" or laparoscopic surgery), and also have particular expertise in the management of both early and advanced cancers.

Mater Digestive Surgery offers teams of specialists working together to deliver the entire scope of care, from initial biopsy to surgery and reconstruction. Our combined surgical expertise across many specialties, including surgical oncology, colorectal surgery, pelvic surgery, gynaecology, and urology enables us to manage the most complicated cases.

The Mater is the national centre for cytoreductive surgery with HIPEC (heated intraperitoneal chemotherapy), used in the treatment of appendix tumours (pseudomyxoma peritonei) and also for advanced colorectal tumours which have spread within the abdomen.

Our Team

Patients benefit from a multidisciplinary and team approach to management. The members of the team are:

Consultant Surgeons:

There are seven digestive surgeons in The Mater, specialising in the treatment of colorectal and hepatobiliary problems, working in The Mater and Mater Private Hospitals, and also Mullingar Hospital. Your surgeon will direct your care.

Cancer Nurse Coordinator:

There are three Cancer Nurse Coordinators specialising in the care of the cancer surgery patient. They will contact you before your surgery and are available for you if you have any questions or concerns about your care. The Cancer Nurse Coordinator can assist you with coordination of appointments, supportive service referrals including genetic assessment, clinical trials, counseling, integrative therapies, and other information. You can contact the Cancer Nurse Coordinator before your surgery, during your hospital stay and after you go home. 

Stoma therapists: 

Our two stoma therapists will see you if you have a colostomy or ileostomy placed during surgery. If a stoma is likely to be required, they will measure and assess you for one before surgery. After surgery, they will assist you with how to care for your stoma at home and how to order supplies. 

Dietician: 

Your surgeon may ask a dietician to help you during your hospital stay. A dietician will help you with the dietary recommendations made by your surgeon. A dietician can educate you on good nutrition and healthy eating habits to help you with long-term success.

Physiotherapists: 

Your surgeon may order physiotherapy as part of your recovery. A physiotherapist can help you with problems of strength and movement after surgery. They can also provide you with a personal home exercise program.


The Mater Misericordiae University Hospital has been synonymous with healthcare in Ireland for over 150 years. The hospital is an acute care academic health sciences centre affiliated with University College Dublin (UCD) and is one of the main hospitals of the Ireland East Hospital Group (IEHG). 

The hospital was built on the principles of respect, dignity and equality; a legacy that continues today. We are dedicated to delivering excellence in patient-centred care, research and education and our health care professionals are united by a culture that puts the needs of the patient first. We take pride in the breadth and diversity of our services.