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Our Founder


Professor Gerald O'Sullivan founded the Cork Cancer Research Centre in August 1999 and remained as Director until he passed away in February 2012. He was an outstanding surgeon and was honoured throughout his career, a highlight of which was an Honorary of the American College of Surgeons, an award limited to 100 living surgeons worldwide at any one time.


Qualified in 1969, Professor O’Sullivan spent over 35 years working as an oesophageal cancer specialist and was firm believer of the Alan Key quote, ‘the best way to change the future is to invent it’. It was this belief that led him to create a centre of research excellence in Cork with the aim of discovering new treatments for cancers with a poor prognosis.  The Scientists, Doctors and Surgeons who work with us across Ireland continue to follow in the ethos set out by Professor O'Sullivan.


To preserve and honour his memory as a pioneer of ground breaking research leading to new treatments for cancer two initiatives were created in his name:

  • The Gerald C. O'Sullivan Chair in Cancer Research
  • The Gerald O’Sullivan Early Career Fellowship Programme in Cancer Research

Articles written about Gerry O'Sullivan after his passing can be found at these links: