Overview of the Trinity Otolaryngology Department

Professor Conrad TimonThis is an overview of the Trinity Otolaryngology Department, which I coordinate from the Royal Victoria Eye & Ear Hospital and from its satellite campuses at St. James’s Hospital and Tallaght Hospital. At the beginning of each academic year, my colleague Mr. John Kinsella and I offer introductory lectures on all aspects of Otolaryngology, e.g. Salivary Gland Pathology, Thyroid & Parathyroid Pathology and Head & Neck Cancer. My learned colleagues, Mr. Mark Rafferty and Mr. Brendan Conlon, also assist me in this matter by lecturing on Voice & Sinus Pathology and Ear Pathology respectively. Medical students are required to be present at each lecture, as well as to attend the ENT rotation, i.e. either in their third/final year. During the ENT rotation, which normally takes place on a weekly/biweekly basis, students spend time in the theatre and in the out-patients’ departments under my supervision and that of the ENT team. In this way, they receive instruction in head and neck surgery and become familiar with the ongoing management of various ailments such as sinusitis, epitaxis and head & neck tumours that are covered in the Otolaryngology aspect of medicine. The students also attend tutorials on Speech Therapy and Audiology. The lectures and tutorials coupled with the rotation seek to prepare the students for their final examination which takes place at the close of the academic year. Students who wish to pursue a career in the field of Otolaryngology are encouraged to liaise with myself and my team during or in the aftermath of their rotation, so that they may secure a place for their medical elective in the Royal Victoria Eye & Ear Hospital. As a medical elective, students not only receive significant medical knowledge imparted on one-to-one basis, but also find that they internalise a sense of the day-to-day workings of a hospital environment, both of which prove invaluable in their careers in the future.  

On behalf of myself and my teams in the Royal Victoria Eye & Ear Hospital and St. James’s Hospital, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome all medical students to the Trinity Department of Otolaryngology. I sincerely hope that your presence during the lectures and your subsequent time on the rotation, support your quest for knowledge in the field of medicine. 
Conrad Timon, MB, BAO BCH, MD, FRCSI, FRCS (ORL) 
Clinical Professor of Otolaryngology

Further Information

Randomized trial of tissue adhesive vs staples in thyroidectomy integrating patient satisfaction and Manchester score.

Amin M, Glynn F, Timon C.

Minimally invasive video-assisted parathyroidectomy.
Casserly P, Timon C.

Thyroid swelling: an unusual presentation of a cervical sympathetic chain schwannoma.
Cashman E, Skinner LJ, Timon C.

Prospective trial of the ultrasonic dissector in thyroid surgery.
Leonard DS, Timon C.

p16(INK4A) genetic and epigenetic profiles differ in relation to age and site in head and neck squamous cell carcinomas.
O'Regan EM, Toner ME, Finn SP, Fan CY, Ring M, Hagmar B, Timon C, Smyth P, Cahill S, Flavin R, Sheils OM, O'Leary JJ.

Low-level genomic instability is a feature of papillary thyroid carcinoma: an array comparative genomic hybridization study of laser capture microdissected papillary thyroid carcinoma tumors and clonal cell lines.
Finn S, Smyth P, O'Regan E, Cahill S, Toner M, Timon C, Flavin R, O'Leary J, Sheils O.

Minimal incision for open thyroidectomy.
Rafferty M, Miller I, Timon C.

Minimally invasive video-assisted thyroidectomy: indications and technique.
Timon C, Miller IS.

Evaluation of the impact of addition of PET to CT and MR scanning in the staging of patients with head and neck carcinomas.
Hafidh MA, Lacy PD, Hughes JP, Duffy G, Timon CV.

Distinct array comparative genomic hybridization profiles in oral squamous cell carcinoma occurring in young patients.
O'Regan EM, Toner ME, Smyth PC, Finn SP, Timon C, Cahill S, Flavin R, O'Leary JJ, Sheils O.

Use of an intra-operative nerve stimulator in identifying the hypoglossal nerve.
Walshe P, Shandilya M, Rowley H, Zahirovich A, Walsh RM, Walsh M, Timon C.

Informed consent: a patients' perspective.
Burns P, Keogh I, Timon C.

Argon plasma coagulation in the treatment of tonsil remnants.
Skinner LJ, Colreavy MP, Timon CI.

Clinicopathological features of head and neck adenosquamous carcinoma.
Sheahan P, Toner M, Timon CV.

Role of CO2 laser in the management of obstructive ectopic lingual thyroids.
Hafidh MA, Sheahan P, Khan NA, Colreavy M, Timon C.

Unexpected findings in neck dissection for squamous cell carcinoma: incidence and implications.
Sheahan P, Hafidh M, Toner M, Timon C.

Facial node involvement in head and neck cancer.
Sheahan P, Colreavy M, Toner M, Timon CV.

Linear IgA disease presenting as desquamative gingivitis: a pattern poorly recognized in medicine.
O'Regan E, Bane A, Flint S, Timon C, Toner M.

An unusual case of external ear inflammation caused by sarcoidosis.
Lang EE, el Zaruk J, Colreavy MP, Kennedy S, Rowley H, Timon C.

Paratracheal lymph node involvement in advanced cancer of the larynx, hypopharynx, and cervical esophagus.
Timon CV, Toner M, Conlon BJ.

A histological comparison of deep and superficial lobe pleomorphic adenomas of the parotid gland.
Harney MS, Murphy C, Hone S, Toner M, Timon CV.

A modified technique for nitinol stent insertion in the tracheobronchial tree.
Thornton MA, Rowley H, Timon C.

Clinical Professor of Otolaryngology timonc@tcd.ie
Mr. Mark Rafferty Voice Pathology  

Discipline Contact

Discipline Secretary - Michele
T: +353 1 634 3649

Where to go:

The Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital is on Adelaide Road, accessed from Leeson Street Bridge on the East side. Click here to view a map of the location.

Department Office and Lecture Room are located on the Lower Ground Floor - the porters will direct you from Reception.

Theatres are on the first floor - please report to Sister in charge, she will direct you to changing rooms.

Out-Patients is on lower ground floor - take stairs down from reception level, and walk straight on to central clinic area.

Casualty Department is on lower ground floor - access through out-patients.