Prof. John M.P. Hyland is consultant general/colorectal surgeon, St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin, Ireland. He is the founder of the Centre for Colorectal Disease at St. Vincent’s University Hospital, including multidisciplinary care encompassing patient care, and educational and clinical research—with the ultimate aim to improve clinical management of patients. Professor Hyland has previously held the office of President of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland, the Irish Society of Gastroenterology, and the Irish Surgical Travellers.
Professor Hyland graduated from University College Dublin Medical School and continued his postgraduate studies at St. Vincent’s University Hospital and the University of Liverpool, U.K., and obtained his Fellowship from The John Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD. He remains a consultant surgeon at Saint Vincent’s University Hospital Dublin to this day.
Professor Hyland is recognized both nationally and internationally in the field of advanced laparoscopic colorectal surgery. Among his many contributions in the field of colorectal cancer treatment is his development of a clinical database in the early 1980s of patients with colorectal cancer and inflammatory bowel disease, resulting in clinical research publications: a most impressive feat. He is a lead educator in minimally invasive surgery and preceptor in laparoscopic surgery in the U.K.
Professor Hyland has the distinction of holding multiple national and international chairmanships and committee appointments. He was appointed by the Minister of Health of Ireland as Regional Director of Cancer Services in 1996 to develop a higher level of multidisciplinary team management in cancer services.