Dr Anthony O'Connor graduated in medicine from University College Cork in his hometown in 2004. He completed SHO training in Limerick before undertaking higher specialist training in Gastroenterology in Tallaght and St. James's Hospitals in Dublin. He was awarded an MD by Trinity College Dublin in 2012 for a thesis on the management of Helicobacter pylori infection and gastric intestinal metaplasia with regard to gastric cancer prevention supervised by Professor Colm O'Morain.
Upon completion of his training in Ireland he worked as senior fellow in Crohn's and Colitis at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School in Boston, USA before taking up an appointment as Consultant Gastroenterologist at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust in June 2014 and returning to Ireland in 2016 to an appointment as Consultant Gastroenterologist at Tallaght Hospital. He has published more than 30 peer-reviewed journal articles and has given invited lectures and oral presentations at many national and international meetings. His interests are Inflammatory Bowel Diseases especially Post-operative prophylaxis of Crohn’s disease and Quality of Life for patients with IBD, the GI complications of cancer therapies, Upper Gastrointestinal Tract Bleeding, Helicobacter pylori infection and Gastric Cancer prevention. When not working he can be usually found wheezing around Marlay Park near where he lives in south Dublin with his wife and twin small children and juggles the conflicting demands of work and family life with several lowbrow interests.