J Calvin Coffey, B.Sc., PhD., FRCSI., CS.

Professor, Foundation Chair of Surgery,
Consultant Open/Laparoscopic/Robotic Colorectal Surgeon,
University of Limerick,
University of Limerick Hospitals Group,
Limerick, Ireland.

J Calvin Coffey, Foundation Professor of Surgery and Chair at the Graduate Entry Medical School, University of Limerick and surgeon at the University Hospitals Group Limerick, is the Foundation Editor-In-Chief of Mesentery and Peritoneum (MAP). Prof. Coffey also holds positions at deputy director of the 4i Centre for Interventions in Infection, Inflammation and Immunology (Universoty of Limerick), is a national council member of Irish Hospital Consultants Association and was previously RCSI Vice-Dean of Surgical Training, and council member of the Surgical Infection Society Europe. He is a founding member of the Health Research Institute, University of Limerick. After completing surgical training at the Cleveland Clinic Ohio, he was the youngest appointed Chair of Surgery in Ireland.

“It is an honor to be involved at the start of this journal and this science” said Coffey who obtained a first class honors B.Sc in Anatomy in 1995 before obtaining a medical degree in 1998 and a PhD in 2005. He completed surgical training in 2010 and after appointment pioneered the introduction of numerous robotic surgical services in Ireland.

Prof. Coffey was the chief author on the reference textbook “Mesenteric Principles in Gastrointestinal Surgery: basic and applied science.” This is the first reference textbook in the field of mesenterics and is also the first text of its kind to incorporate fully interactive digital models to accelerate the educational process.

“My goals are to set up the mechanism by which we can achieve the mission statement of the journal, that is the communication of the highest quality basic, clinical and translational research in the field of mesenteric and peritoneal science.”

Coffey is regarded as having considerable expertise in clinical, scientific, educational and administrative processes as well as bringing a broad translational perspective to MAP.

Coffey was recipient of numerous national and international named lectures (including the Millin Lecturer, Thomas Myles Lecture and the Robert Smith Lecture) as well as several state of the art lectures. In 2012 he was the James IV Travelling Fellowship in 2011 by the James IV Association of Surgeons. He has published widely in including articles in Nature Reviews Gastroenterology and Hepatology and the Lancet Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

A fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, and alumnus of the Digestive Diseases Institute at the Cleveland Clinic, Coffey aims to “emphasize interdisciplinary and diverse scientific research by leveraging the open-access platform to enhance the transparency, quality and diversity of the research communicated through MAP.”