Professor Cathal J Moran

Professor of Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon.

Dear Colleagues & Patients,

We would like to inform you that our practice is now fully operational and we have resumed normal practice and surgical activity (with safety measures in place).
We continue to welcome referrals for patients suffering with knee and shoulder conditions.

Please visit our website for more information regarding referrals and if we can be of any assistance, please contact us directly at any time.

Kind Regards,
Cathal & Practice Team

Professor Cathal Moran is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Sports Surgery Clinic and the Professor and Chair of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine at Trinity College Dublin. He specialises in Knee Surgery and Shoulder Surgery. His sub-specialty interest is in sports injuries, including ACL reconstruction, cartilage injury, meniscus surgery, rotator cuff repair and shoulder stabilisation surgery. He also performs Shoulder Replacement and Knee Replacement Surgery.
Professor Moran completed his training in the Orthopaedic Sports Medicine and Shoulder Fellowship at Hospital for Special Surgery and Cornell Medical College in New York, the Cartilage Repair Centre at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and Antwerp Orthopaedic Centre in Belgium.  He has worked extensively with professional athletes and teams across Ireland, the US and Europe. He is a Principal Investigator at Trinity Centre for Bioengineering, RCSI Bioengineering and AMBER research centres, as well as a lead surgeon for SSC’s participation in international multi-centre clinical trials. He links this research to the development new options for cartilage and ligament injury at Sports Surgery Clinic.

Knee Surgery:                                   

ACL Reconstruction
Ligament Repair
Cartilage/Meniscus Repair & Replacement
Osteotomy / Alignment Surgery
Knee Replacement
Shoulder Surgery:
Rotator Cuff
Biceps & Labrum
Shoulder Instability Surgery
Shoulder Replacement
• Orthopaedic Sports Medicine & Shoulder Fellowship Program,
Hospital for Special Surgery & Weil Cornell Medical College, New York
Knee & Shoulder Sports Surgery Fellowship,
Antwerp Orthopaedic Centre, Antwerp, Belgium
• Cartilage Repair Visiting Fellowship, Brigham & Women’s Hospital
Harvard Medical School
• Higher Surgical Training Programme in Orthopaedic Surgery,
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
FRCS (Tr & Orth)
MD, National University of Ireland, Galway (Research Doctorate)
MB, BAO, BCh, NUI, Galway (Medical School Degree)
BSc in Pharmacology, NUIG & University of California San Francisco
PhD, Biological Augmentation / Tissue Engineering in Cartilage Repair
NUI Galway
  • European Society for Sports Traumatology and Knee Surgery
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America
  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • International Cartilage Repair Society
  • Irish-American Orthopaedic Society
  • ESSKA DePuy Synthes Degenerative Joint Fellowship
  • Biomet Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship
  • International Cartilage Repair Society (ICRS) & Zimmer Cartilage Travelling Fellowship
  • The President’s Gold Medal, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
  • National Orthopaedic Residents Prize, Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital (Joint Winner)
  • National Specialist Registrar Academic Fellowship Programme
  • Clinician-Scientist Training Award from HRB & HSE
  • Prize Session Winner, Annual Meeting of Association of Surgeons of Great Britain & Ireland (ASGBI)
  • First Place RCSI Basic Surgical Training Program
  • Graduate Student Fellowship, University of California, San Francisco
  • HRB Science Degree Scholarship for Medical Undergraduates
  • Health Research Board Student Research Scholarship
  • National Gold Medal in Pharmacology, Irish Universities
In addition to his research role as a lead surgeon for SSC’s participation in international multi-centre clinical trials, Professor Moran is a Principal Investigator at Trinity Centre for Bioengineering, RCSI Bioengineering and AMBER research centres. He links research at these centres to the development new options for cartilage and ligament injury at Sports Surgery Clinic.  Professor Moran has completed orthopaedics and sports medicine research training at the Regenerative Medicine Institute (REMEDI) in Ireland; University of California, San Francisco; UC Irvine,California;  Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota; and Hospital for Special Surgery / Weill Cornell Medical College in New York.  He has published over 50 papers and given over 200 presentations.
Selected publications include:
Moran CJ, Pascual-Garrido C, Potter H, Chubinskaya S, Cole BJ, Rodeo SA.
J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2014 Feb 19;96(4):336-44.
Fabricant PD, Taylor SA, McCarthy MM, Moran CJ, Kang RW, Cordasco FA
J Bone Joint Surgery, February 2015, Vol 3, Issue 2.
Moran, CJ, Busilacchi,A., Lee CA, Athanasiou, KA., Verdonk, PC
Arthroscopy. 2015 Feb 14. pii: S0749-8063(14)00976-1.

Clinical Application of Scaffolds for Partial Meniscus Replacement

Moran CJ, Withers D, Kurzweil P,  Verdonk PC
Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy Review. 2015.
Accepted – PDF Copy Available from Authors.

Cell distribution and regenerative activity following meniscus replacement.

Moran CJ, Atmaca S, Declercq HA, Cornelissen MJ, Verdonk PC.
Int Orthop. 2014 Sep;38(9):1937-44.
PMID: 24993651
Extra-articular Augmentation of Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction:  The Monoloop Procedure
Moran CJ, Lagae KC, Verdonk PC, Declercq G
ESSKA Book, 2014
Meniscus Extrusion Following Meniscus Allograft Transplantation
De Coninck T, Moran CJ, Huysse W, Verdonk R, Verstraete K, Verdonk PC
ESSKA Book, 2014
Arthroscopic Meniscal Allograft Transplantation With Soft Tissue Fixation Through Bone Tunnels
Peter Verdonk, Tim Spalding, Ben Parkinson, Cathal Moran
ESSKA Book, 2014
Moran CJ, Verdonk PC, Lagae KC, Declercq G
Arthroscopy Journal – Accepted July 2014
A History of Meniscus Surgery; From Ancient Times to the 21st Century
Cathal J Moran, Berardo di Matteo; Vittorio Tarabella,; M Marcacci, Rene Verdonk
KSSTA – Accepted July 2014
Moran CJ, Barry FP, Shannon FJ, Maher SA, Rodeo SA.
American Journal of Sports Medicine. 2012 Apr;40(4):934-44
Gene-modified mesenchymal stem cells express functionally active nerve growth factor on an engineered poly lactic glycolic acid (PLGA) substrate.
Rooney GE, Moran CJ, McMahon SS, Ritter T, Maenz M, Flügel A, Dockery P, O’Brien T, Howard L, Windebank AJ, Barry FP.  Tissue Eng Part A. 2008 May;14(5):681-90
Neurotrophic Factor-Expressing Mesenchymal Stem Cells Survive Transplantation into the Contused Spinal Cord without Differentiating into Neural Cells. Rooney GE, McMahon SS, Ritter T, Garcia Y, Moran C, Madigan NN, Fluegel A, Dockery P, O’Brien T, Howard L, Windebank AJ, Barry F. Tissue Eng Part A. 2009 Oct;15(10):3049-59.
Moran CJ, Shannon FJ, Barry FP, O Byrne JM, O Brien T, Curtin W.
Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery (Br); 2010
Sept; 92(9); 1195-1202
Contact Professor Cathal J Moran
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