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Mr Damian McKay

Consultant General and Colorectal Surgeon

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Mr Damian McKay is a well established, respected, General and Colorectal Surgeon. He trained in Northern Ireland and during that time was awarded a Doctorate from The Queen’s University of Belfast for his research into Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD).

After completing his surgical training he was appointed as the Colorectal Surgical Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSSANZ) and Colorectal Fellow at Royal Adelaide Hospital, South Australia where he spent a year further developing his surgical skills. On returning from Australia Mr McKay completed the European Board of Surgery board certification in Coloproctology examinations leading to the award of EBS Coloproctology and was appointed as Consultant Surgeon to the Southern Health and Social Care Trust.
Mr McKay has had a high volume of Colorectal Cancer and IBD practice based at Craigavon Area Hospital and through his private practice based at Kingsbridge Private Hospital Belfast. Mr Mc Kay has recently expanded his private practice and has joined the team at Kingsbridge Private Hospital in Sligo. He has very high levels of patient satisfaction and very low levels of complications in all areas of his practice. Mr McKay is soon to step down after completing a term as Regional Colorectal Cancer Clinical Reference Group lead at the Northern Ireland Caner Network after considerable work to improve colorectal cancer care in Northern Ireland through a number of regional initiatives.
His main areas of private practice include:

Investigation and management of Gastrointestinal disease - Diverticular disease, Colorectal cancer, Inflammatory bowel disease. 
Endoscopy services - Colonoscopy, Flexible sigmoidoscopy and OGD.
Treatment of common perianal conditions - Piles, Fistula in Ano, Pilonidal disease.
Surgery for common general surgical conditions - inguinal hernia repair, incisional hernia repair, gallbladder disease.


Undergraduate Medical Education

The Queen’s University of Belfast, University Road, Belfast, N.Ireland
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery and Bachelor of Obstetrics with distinction (MB BCh BAO)


Distinction in Therapeutics and Pharmacology

Distinction in Final MB Part 1 Written examination


The Leopold Herbert Prize in Medicine (1st Place in the Medical School Cinical Examination)
Finalist in the Royal Belfast Hopsital for Sick Children Prize
Finalist in The Cow and Gate Prize in Paediatrics
Finalist in The Ulster Hospital Gold Medal

Post Graduate Medical Education

Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh MRCS(Ed)
The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, October 2003
Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
FRCS(Ed)Gen Surg- pass in the written and clinical Intercollegiate Surgical Board examinations
The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, June 2010

Post Graduate Doctorate Degree

Doctor of Medicine
MD by thesis and viva.
The Queen’s University of Belfast, July 2010

Additional Training

Educational Courses / Training

Basic Surgical Skills- November 2001, The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
Advanced Trauma and Life Support (ATLS), March 2002, Dungannon, Northern Ireland.
Simulated Trauma Advanced Resusitation Teams (START), Dec 2002, Dungannon, N.Ireland.
Care of the Critically Ill Surgical Patient, Jan 2003, Belfast.
Essentials of Laparoscopic Surgery, May 2004, Dundee, Scotland.
Cochrane Group- Introduction to meta-analysis, April 2005, Oxford, England
ATLS reverification, January 2006, Dungannon, Northern Ireland- Invited to become an instructor on this course.
Joint Advisory Committee on Gastroenterology (JAG) Basic skills in Colonoscopy course, September 2006, Whiteabbey Hospital, Northern Ireland.
GI laparoscopic surgical skills course (Supported by Tyco Healthcare), October 2006, Paris, France.
ATLS Instructors Course, Royal College of Surgeons, March 2007, London, England.
Advanced Trauma and Surgical Care course, March 2007, Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Laparoscopic Incisional Hernia Repair course (Supported by Ethicon UK), April 2008, Hamburg, Germany.
Advanced Laparoscopic Colorectal Masterclass (Supported by Ethicon UK), Guildford, England.
Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery course (Supported by Ethicon UK), Hamburg, Germany.

Professional bodies (Positions held in last 3 years)


Full Publications

1. Management of Cystic Tumours of the Pancreas.  McKay D, Marron C, Mathew S, Diamond T.  ANZ J. Surg. 2004; 74: 627-630. PMID 15315559
2. Amyands Hernia causing Necrotising Fasciitis of the Anterior Abdominal Wall. Marron C, Khadim M, McKay D, Mackle EJ, Peyton JWR.  Hernia. 2005 Feb 10.  PMID 15703857
3. Laparoscopic cholecystectomy in situs inversus: A case report. McKay D, Blake G.  BMC Surg. 2005: Mar 17:5(1);5   PMID 15774004
4. Pseudo-aneurysm of the anterior tibial artery, a rare cause of ankle swelling following a sports injury. Marron CD, McKay D, Johnston R, McAteer E, Stirling WJ. BMC Emerg Med 2005 Oct 14;5:9.  PMID 16225679
5. Optimum incision length for port insertion at laparoscopic surgery. McKay D, Blake G.  Ann R Coll Surg Engl 2006;88:74-78 PMID 16468144.
6. Testicular Infarction secondary to protein S deficiency: a case report. McKay D, Marron CD, Brown RJ.  BMC Urology July 7;6:17  PMID 16827935.
7. Probiotics for induction of remission in ulcerative colitis. Mallon P, McKay D, Kirk S, Gardiner K. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2007, Issue 4, Art No CD005573. DOI: 1002/14651858.CD005573.pub2.
8. Laparoscopic versus open surgery for Small Bowel Crohn’s disease. B V Dasari, D McKay, K Gardiner. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2011 Jan 19;1:CD006956

Published Abstracts

1. McKay D., Kirk S.J, Gardiner, K.R., Kemp , H, Meier-Augenstein, W.  In-vivo measurement of colonic mucosal butyrate metabolism in ulcerative colitis. The Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology Vol 20, Suppl  A161, February 2006

2. McKay, D., Kirk, S.J., Gardiner, K.R., Kemp, H., Meier-Augenstein, WIn-vivo measurement of colonic butyrate metabolism in patients with active Ulcerative colitis. Gastroenterology 130, A215 April 2006.

3. McKay, D1., Kirk, S1., Gardiner, KR1., Kemp, HF2 & Meier-Augenstein W2 1. Department of Surgery, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK,2.Department of Civil Engineering, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK.  P038 In vivo Measurement of Colonic Butyrate Metabolism in Patients with Active Ulcerative Colitis: A Pilot Study.  Colorectal Disease, 8 (Suppl. 2), 1–31 July  2006.

4. McKay, D., Kirk S, Gardiner KR, Meier-Augenstein, W.  Butyrate metabolism in quiescent ulcerative colitis. The Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology. Vol 23, Suppl A 191, February 2009.

Treatments and areas of interest

  • General Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Haemorrhoidal Disease Management
  • Hernias, Gallbladder Disease
  • Colorectal Surgery - Piles, Fissures, Fistula-in-ano, Investigation of GI Diseases, Diverticular Disease, Colorectal Cancer, Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Diverticular disease, Colorectal cancer, Inflammatory Bowel disease

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Ray MacSharry Road, Gardenhill, Sligo, Co. Sligo, F91XO54

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811-815 Lisburn Road, Belfast, BT9 7GX

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