Professor Mark E. O'Donnell



A legacy of investment in the education of the next generation of clinicians should be the most important ethos of our clinical education delivery as we continue into the 21st Century.

We currently recruit extremely intelligent individuals into the medical profession and it is vital that we nurture those individuals to release their full potentials. Don’t forget we all continue to learn every day and such educational activities should sharpen our own minds as well.

An educational program should provide mentorship and support, create an effective training environment while facilitating educational acquisition outside of the comfort zone as well.

"Train people well enough so they can leave, treat them well enough so they don't want to."
Richard Branson

Northern Ireland Higher Vascular Teaching Program

Commencing August 2017

Northern Ireland Regional Vascular Teaching Program

Trainees in Vascular Surgery will undergo core training (CT1-2) followed by a period of 6 indicative years of specialty training (ST3- ST8). The purpose of this curriculum is to train vascular surgeons up to CCT level who will be able to work independently and to the standard of a consultant or equivalent. As such, most of their skills will relate to the management of 'everyday' vascular elective and emergency surgery and this forms the basis of the curriculum, with the competences, both non-operative and operative being completed by the final year of training.

The current vascular curriculum is extremely encompassing and will warrant a significant amount of hard work throughout the trainee’s period of training – “Start Early and Work Hard”.

The Northern Ireland Higher Vascular Teaching Program will continue throughout the year at 7.00am on a Wednesday in the Royal Victoria Hospital. It is planned to encompass a number of educational strategies to enhance theoretical knowledge and encourage surgical resilience. The program will include;

Didactic Clinical Presentations.
Academic Viva Training.
Journal Club.
Operative and Endovascular Simulation.
New **Vascular Chief Conference** where Senior Vascular Trainees present their case-logs for the preceding month to all Consultant Vascular Surgeons from the Northern Ireland Regional Vascular Centre with exploration of selected cases.

Please find enclosed recent presentations from the Northern Ireland Higher Vascular Teaching Program.

25th April 2018

Atypicals Vascular Conditions

David Dunlop

28th February 2018

Amputation Outcomes & How to Perform a TKA

Mark O’Donnell

6th December 2017

Basics of Medical Statistics

Mark O’Donnell

29th November 2017

Cerebrovascular Disease and How to Perform a Carotid Endarterectomy

Mark O’Donnell

25th October 2017

Current Management Strategies for Lower Extremity Venous Disease and Lymphoedema

Mark O’Donnell

4th October 2017

Update from the 2017 European Society of Vascular Surgery Annual Meeting

Emily Boyle

27th September 2017

Basic tools for interventional radiology and how to perform an EVAR

Mark O’Donnell

30th August 2017

Reviewing a CTA and EVAR Case Planning

Mark O’Donnell

23rd August 2017

Aortic Aneurysm Disease

Mark O'Donnell

Ulster University

Tuesday 4th July 2017

Lower Limb Preservation in Diabetes - Postgraduate Master’s Degree

A new experience for me to complete a recorded virtual lecture - Therapeutic Strategies for the “At-Risk” Vascular Limb. Thanks to Gerard and Aine at Ulster University for looking after me in the Recording Studio.

The recorded lecture is available on the Videos section of this web page – Parts 1 – 10.

1st and 2nd March 2017

Undergraduate Teaching at Ulster University

Thanks to Janette Connolly, Jacqui Crawford and Jill Cundell for the invitation to present a number of lectures to Podiatry and Allied Healthcare Undergraduate Students on a range of vascular pathologies.

Invited Educational Presentations

10th March 2017

Vascular Imaging Study Day

A fantastic teaching day organised by Mr Vittorio Perricone at the Royal Blackburn Hospital for the North West of England Higher Vascular Trainees’ Masters Course. Was delighted to research and present on Ultrasound Surveillance following Vascular Surgery.

8th March 2017

ELHT Amputation Study Day

Thank you to Georgina Leaver and Mr Haytham Al-Khaffaf for their invite to discuss “A Surgeon’s Perspective of Major Limb Amputation”. This annual event is attended by all members of the vascular multi-disciplinary team and an informal atmosphere encouraged lots of questions.

1st December 2016

Le Maitre Mini-Symposium

Chairing a mini-symposium sponsored by Le Maitre reviewing vascular graft infection and potential therapeutic strategies. This symposium proposed the collation of data regarding the implantation of the Bioprosthetic Omniflow graft with consideration of a retrospective database prior to consideration of prospective data collection. Thanks to Helen, Ged and David.

11th October 2016

NorthWest Vascular Society Annual Meeting

Presenting “Outcomes and Prognosis of Mesenteric Ischaemia” at the Annual North West of England Vascular Society Annual Meeting.

Monday 19th September 2016

M60 Vascular Meeting

I was privileged to chair September’s M60 meeting which discusses “Atypical Challenges for the Modern Vascular Surgeon” and included a number of presentations from the Royal Blackburn Hospital Vascular Team.

Groin abscesses in intravenous drug users - Mr Sam DeBono - Senior Clinical Fellow

Bioprosthetic grafts for bypass surgery - Mr Ravi Goel – Senior Clinical Fellow

Sartorius flap reconstruction for groin wound dehiscence – Therapeutic Strategies - Mark O’Donnell – Consultant Vascular and Endovascular Surgeon

Endoanchoring technology as a primary therapy or secondary adjunct for challenging aortic necks - Mr Johnathan Porter – Specialist Trainee

7th September 2016

ASiT MRCS Part B (OSCE) Course

Thanks to Mr Adam Haque and Professor Mo Baguneid for their invite to present. This course was delivered at a very high level combined with anatomical teaching at Manchester University. My educational remit was to cover the major vascular systems encompassing disease definition and pathogenesis, clinical presentation, investigation and subsequent therapeutic strategies combined with an update of the current clinical evidence.



Friday 2nd October 2015

Manchester Regional Association of Surgeons

Thanks to Mr David Chang for the invite to present my experience of “A United States Vascular Surgery Fellowship”.

21st April 2015

Life in a Surgical Career

Thanks to Mr Robin Baker for the invite to return to the Medical Biology Centre at Queen’s University Belfast to present at the QUB Final Year Medical School Careers Evening.

Conference Presentations

19th January 2017

CACVS 2017-Controversies & Updates in Vascular Surgery

Mr Sam DeBono, one of our Senior Clinical Fellows from the Royal Blackburn Hospital, presented his poster at the 2017 CACVS annual meeting in Paris - The successful treatment of a proximal type 1 endoleak using Aptus Endoanchors.

6th May 2016

Joint Irish Association of Vascular Surgery Annual Meeting, Newcastle, Northern Ireland

A selection of posters was presented by the ELHT Vascular Team;

Assessment of Carotid Plaque Ultrasonic Morphology for Predicting Ischaemic Stroke Risk in Symptomatic Carotid Artery Disease. Ravi R.Goel, Meenakshi Goel, Mark E. O’Donnell, Haytham Al-Khaffaf.

Evaluating the potential for a new specialist Central Vascular Access Service: Are we using too many Hickman Lines? Alexander Seager, Jane Dean, Clare-Marie Owen, Robert A. Salaman, Mark E. O’Donnell.

Rescue Management of Vascular Graft Infections using Sartorius Muscle Flaps. Louise Cousins, Adam Haque, Asad Rahi, Haytham Al-Khaffaf, Simon Hardy, Robert Salaman, Mark E. O’Donnell.

The Successful Treatment of a Proximal Type I Endoleak using the Aptus HeliFX EndoAnchor System – A Useful adjunct in EVAR Re-intervention. Louise Cousins, Johnathan Porter, Adam Haque, Sharath Hosmane, Neil Wilde, Peter Woodhead, Haytham Al-Khaffaf, Robert Salaman, Mark E. O’Donnell.

16th March 2016

Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery Annual Conference, Las Vegas, United States

Presented “Popliteal artery entrapment with symptomatic recurrence” at the Challenging Cases Session.

9th May 2015

Joint Irish Association of Vascular Surgery Annual Meeting, Newcastle, Northern Ireland

After return from my Vascular Surgery Fellowship at the Mayo Clinic, we were able to present some research conducted over the last two years.

Operative Explantation of Inferior Vena Cava Filters. Mark E. O'Donnell, Cristine Velazco, Ryan Day, William M. Stone, Richard J. Fowl, Thomas C. Bower, Peter Gloviczki, Samuel R. Money.

Robotic Inferior Vena Cava Surgery. Mark E. O’Donnell, Ryan Day, Cristine Velazco, Scott M. Cheney, Erik P. Castle, William M. Stone, Richard J. Fowl, Samuel R. Money.

Transatlantic Consensus of Vascular Surgery Consent. Mark E. O’Donnell, Damian McGrogan, Cristine Velazco, Ryan Day, Samuel R. Money, William M. Stone, Richard J. Fowl, Michael G. Wyatt, Carolyn Pence-Smith, Bernard Lee.

Ultrasonic Accelerated Thrombolysis of Inferior Vena Cava Thrombosis. Mark E. O’Donnell, Ryan Day, Cristine Velazco, Sailendra G. Naidu, William M. Stone, Richard J. Fowl, Fadi E. Shamoun, Samuel R. Money.




East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust

January to September 2016


Our Surgical Directorate delivered an excellent teaching program for our senior surgical trainees one to two times per week. We were fortunate to be able to cover all aspects of the FRCS Surgical Curriculum and I wish to express my gratitude to our faculty who attended early in the morning in their own time to deliver their training sessions.

The faculty included; Mr Adnan Sheikh Consultant Laparoscopic and Robotic Colorectal Surgeon; Mr Daren Subar Consultant Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Surgeon; Ms Ambareen Kausar Consultant Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Surgeon; Ms Jennifer Smith Consultant Colorectal Surgeon; Mr Colin Harris Consultant General Surgeon; Ms Suzanne Gawn Consultant Breast Surgeon; and Ms Trish Duncan Consultant Surgeon.

March to September 2016

ELHT Vascular Theatre Staff Teaching

A monthly session was conducted for our theatre staff before or after the audit session. An informal atmosphere was encouraged.

4th May 2016

Endovenous Treatment of Varicose Veins

5th April 2016

Intraoperative Angiography

1st March 2016

Tunnelled Central Venous Line Insertion

Clinical Practice

Royal Victoria Hospital
Grosvenor Road
Belfast BT12 6BA
Phone: 02890 635936

Kingsbridge Private Hospital
811-815 Lisburn Road,
Belfast BT9 7GX
Phone: 028 9066 7878

NorthWest Independent Hospital
Church Hill House, Main Street
Ballykelly BT49 9HS
Phone: 028 7776 3090

The Newry Clinic
Windsor Avenue
Newry BT34 1EG
Phone: 028 3025 7708

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