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About Dr. Marcus Kennedy

  Dr. Marcus Kennedy

Biography Summary

Dr. Marcus Kennedy is a Respiratory Consultant and collaborates on the development of new therapies for Lung Cancer. He works with the Immunotherapy and Novel Device Teams.

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Lung cancer


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Biography Detailed

Dr. Marcus Kennedy is a Respiratory Consultant (Diseases of the Lung) at Mater Private Hospital Cork and Cork University Hospital. He sees patients with all respiratory diseases including COPD, emphysema, bronchitis, chronic cough, asthma, smoking cessation, lung cancer, sleep apnea, chronic infection and lung fibrosis.

Dr. Kennedy (MB, BAO BCh, University College Hospital Galway (NUIG) 1997) undertook postgraduate training in Internal Medicine and Respiratory in Galway and Cork 1997-2001 and was awarded an MD by thesis from NUIG in 2006. He completed Clinical Internal Medicine Residency at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina (2001-2003), Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (200-2006) and Interventional Pulmonology Fellowship at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Centre, Houston (2006-2007). He has USA board certification in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine.

Dr. Kennedy was appointed Assistant Professor of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock before taking up the position of Consultant Respiratory Physician and Senior Clinical Lecturer (NUIG) at Sligo General Hospital. He commenced work as a Consultant Respiratory Physician with special interest in Lung Cancer and Interventional Pulmonology at Cork University Hospital in May 2010.

Dr. Kennedy is the co-lead physician at the rapid access lung cancer service at CUH and takes the lead role in the provision of specialised bronchoscopic techniques including Endobronchial Ultrasound Guided Bronchoscopic Biopsy (EBUS-TBNA), Bronchoscopic Airway Tumor Debulking and Stent Placement and the treatment of Endobronchial Bleeding for the Munster region.

He is the current national HSE-NCCP Lung Tumor group chair person and also the Irish Thoracic Lung Cancer lead.

His research interests include chronic airway diseases including COPD and emphysema, muco-ciliary clearance, smoking cessation, lung cancer and bronchoscopic techniques such as endobronchial ultrasound, electromagnetic navigation bronchoscopy in collaboration with UCC school of engineering (www.ucc.ie/en/biodesign) and chronic airway disease.

Dr. Kennedy has authored or co-authored over 40 peer-reviewed scientific papers (click here) and book chapters (click here) and is on the editorial board of the “Advances in Therapy” medical journal and the World Association of Bronchoscopy and Interventional Pulmonology.