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Hugh Mulcahy is a Consultant Physician and Gastroenterologist working in St Vincent's University Hospital, Dublin, Ireland.
After qualifying in 1987 from The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, and working as a house officer and senior house officer, he started his gastroenterology training in St. Vincent's Hospital with Diarmuid O'Donoghue and John Hegarty.
In 1995, Dr Mulcahy moved to St Bartholomew's Hospital, London, England, and spent 5 years working with Mike Farthing, Peter Fairclough, Elspeth Alstead, and Steve Patchett. He also spent a single year in the Homerton Hospital with Parveen Kumar and Mike Clark.
In 1999 he moved to Charleston, South Carolina to work with Peter Cotton and John Cunningham, and returned to London in 2000 to work in King's College Hospital.
Dr Mulcahy recently returned to Ireland. He is married to Martha, a general practitioner. He has one son and lives in Dublin.
His main research interests are therapeutic endoscopy and gastrointestinal carcinogenesis, the latter interest developing when he did his MD on prognostic indicators in colorectal cancer.
- What made you decide to become a gastroenterologist?
- I worked on a senior house officer rotation for two years and gastroenterology was the last post in the rotation. I wasn't particularly interested in any of the sub-specialities that I had worked in previous to that, so when Diarmuid O'Donoghue offered me a research post in gastroenterology I jumped at the chance. I don't regret the jump.
- Who was the teacher you admired the most?
- Father Billy Lee, my physics teacher in school. He told me many times "your science career is over, sonny", but he still managed to get me through my exams.
- Which research paper influenced you the most?
- A paper by David Sidransky on K-ras mutations in stool, published in 1992. It first opened my eyes to the potential uses of molecular biology in clinical and diagnostic medicine.
- What is the most important fact that you have discovered?
- Disaster strikes as soon as you become complacent.
- What is your favorite sport?
- Rugby on a wet winter's day.
- What is your best place in the world?
- Up in the air, flying a small plane.
- What is your favorite film?
- Monty Pythons "Life of Brian", "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid", and "Casablanca".
- What car do you drive?
- A beat up, left-hand drive, white, 1993 American Mercedes 190. Friends call it the pimp-mobile - but that's probably unfair to pimps.
- What is your best electronic 'toy'?
- My DVD player.
- What book are you reading at the moment?
- Patrick O'Brian's "The Ionian Mission".
- Why did you get in involved in GastroHep.com?
- As the Daleks in Dr Who said, "Resistance is useless".