Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of my colleagues on the Organising Committee, Prof. Gerry O’Donoghue, Prof. Fiachra Cooke, Mr Peter McCullough, Prof. Padraig Daly, Prof. Ruairi MacNiocaill, Prof. May Cleary and myself, I would like to encourage you to attend this year’s Waterford Surgical October Meeting(WSOM) on Saturday 8th October 2022 in the Health Science Building, South East Technological University(SETU), Cork Road Waterford. The Theme of the Meeting this year is “Surgical Practice in the Subspecialist Era”.

This year at WSOM we focus on the enormous challenges and opportunities that have arisen as a result of surgical specialisation. There is no branch of surgery where the ongoing improvements in healthcare have led to ongoing subspecialisation has not affected. While advancements in care are always welcome, with the super-specialisation that comes with it leads to its own challenges in service delivery. It is with this in mind and the constant desire of clinicians to do our best for our patients that we offer the 31st WSOM programme with the theme “Surgical Practice in the Subspecialist Era”. We have a distinguished National and International Faculty that will deliver a variety of talks ranging from emergency on call, neurosurgery to organised network creation. Submission of abstracts by surgeons in training will provide additional opportunities to realise ongoing issues related to subspecialty care.

The highlight of the 31st Meeting of WSOM will be the Gordon Watson Lecture delivered by Professor Simon Cross, Associate Clinical Professor RCSI & Hon. Clinical Senior Lecturer UCC, Retired Consultant Vascular and General Surgeon, University Hospital Waterford. As the established very successful convenor of the Waterford Surgical October Meeting for over 12 years, Professor Cross has very recently stepped down from his role. This keynote lecture not only is a tribute to all his efforts with this meeting but also acknowledges his very altruistic approach to patient care where Professor Cross provided both elective and emergency care for vascular and general surgery up to his recent clinical retirement. We’re extremely excited to welcome Professor Cross’s experience, wisdom and insights as to how to approach the challenge and opportunity of subspecialty care as the keynote speaker at the 31st Waterford Surgical October Meeting.

To register for this year’s Waterford Surgical October Meeting, please click on the link below.


We hope that the attached programme of events will be of interest to many surgeons.

Yours sincerely,

Professor Peter M. Neary MB, MScLHPE, MA, MD, FRCS(Colorectal)

Professor of Surgical Oncology
Consultant General & Colorectal Surgeon
South East Cancer Governance Lead
Convener of the Waterford Surgical October Meeting
University Hospital Waterford/University College Cork