“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

Comments Off on DotMed

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

Comments Off on Cannabis for arthritis. What’s the story?

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

Comments Off on Only one more sleep

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


In: Blog, Rheumatology

Comments Off on An orthopaedic guide to the Kama Sutra

Not being able to have sex, or struggling to enjoy it because of arthritis is a big deal to a lot of people. 50% of our patients with hip arthritis will have some difficulty having sex as a result of pain and stiffness and 20% of those who end up having a hip replacement have …Read the Rest


In: Blog, Social Media, The practice of Medicine

Comments Off on Life long learning using new technologies

This week I gave a presentation to the Irish Society for Rheumatology on how I learn using new technologies. This information is primarily directed at rheumatologists but may be of use to anyone interested in keeping up to date with the rheumatology world. The lists are intended as an introduction. If you think I have …Read the Rest