Speciality: Haematology (coagulation)
Sub specialities: Haemostasis and thrombosis, haemophilia and bleeding diroders, thrombotic conditions
Professor O’Connell is a consultant haematologist at the National Coagulation Centre (NCC) in St James’s Hospital and has taken on the role of national haemophilia director since early 2018.
Professor O’Connell completed specialist training in haematology in Ireland in 2001 and haemostasis and thrombosis in the UK in 2004.
The NCC is the lead comprehensive care centre for adults with bleeding disorders in Ireland and provides a hub of clinical services, research, training and education on a national basis.
MB, PhD, FRCPI, FRC Path
As a member of the National Haemophilia Council, Professor O’Connell is responsible for the oversight and governance of the quality of care and services provided for people with bleeding disorders nationally.
Professor O’Connell and the consultant team in the NCC also provide specialist diagnostic and treatment services for thrombotic conditions including obstetric and cancer-associated thrombosis and they provide consultant clinical input to the National Coagulation Laboratory in the hospital.
Professor O’Connell is the current Chair of the coagulation special interest group of the Irish Haematology Society and is a member of the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis, the World Federation of Haemophilia (WFH) and the Haematology Association of Ireland. The NCC is currently twinned with the Haemophilia Centre at Al Bashir Hospital, Amman, Jordan as part of the WFH twinning programme with a five-year programme (2019-2023) led by Professor O’Connell, in partnership with colleagues in the NCC and the Paediatric Haemophilia Centre in Children’s Health Ireland, Crumlin.
Professor O'Connell's research interests include clinical trials in novel therapies for haemophilia, clinical outcomes in haemophilia and application of information technology solutions in the management of haemophilia.