Clinical & Research Team

Mr Mohamed Elsherif

Mr Mohamed Elsherif is a Vascular & Endovascular Surgical Registrar at the University College Hospital, Galway (UCHG). He graduated from the Ain Shams University in 2006. He specialised in vascular surgery at Nasr City Insurance Hospital in Egypt from 2009 to 2015. Following completion of a masters degree in surgery in 2011, MRCS degree in 2013, he then moved to Ireland in 2015. Since then, he has worked as a vascular registrar under supervision of Professor Sherif Sultan. He has also undertaken a two year vascular research fellowship under the supervision of Professor Sherif Sultan, in the Western Vascular Institute, UCHG.



Mr. Ramy Elkady received his MBBS and MSc from Ain Shams university in Egypt. He is a Member of the Egyptian Society of Vascular surgery. He has been practicing Vascular and Endovascular surgery in Egypt since 2010. He subsequently went onto study in the UK and received his MRCS. He is a Vascular surgery registrar in UCHG. He has also been coordinating and participating in teaching courses in surgery for international exams as the iMRCS since 2007.

Dr Edel P Kavanagh

Post Doctoral Research Fellow

Dr Edel Kavanagh has a first class honours Degree in Science from the University of Limerick. She also has a PhD in Biomedical Engineering which she conducted in the Centre for Applied Biomedical Engineering Research (CABER) in the University of Limerick.

Her research project entitled “Finite Element Investigation of the Human Mandible Bone: Examination of Bone Fracture, Plate Fixation and Increasing Degrees of Atrophy” involved the design of the human jaw and bone fracture plates, focusing specifically on solid modelling of the human jawbone using commercially available software. These models were then used to examine stresses in the jaw during a number of fracture situations, plate fixation techniques, and in the presence of bone degradation.

Dr Kavanagh's role as post doctoral research fellow involves multiple duties including research project management and dissemination, preparation of funding proposals, supervision of PhD candidates, teaching undergraduate students, post-market surveillance studies, and promotion of our research. Current and past projects include investigation of the CARDIATIS Multilayer Flow Modulator (MFM) stent for endovascular pathologies, animals studies, wound care, cerebral aneurysms and vascular training.



Dr Fionnuala Jordan

Head of Cochrane Research

Dr. Fionnuala Jordan is a registered nurse who has previous experience in a clinical environement as well as in the pharmaceutical industry. Currently she holds the post of lecturer in nursing at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Prior to her lecturing post, Dr Jordan carried out a PhD which explored preventative mechanisms for dementia. Part of her PhD involved conducting a systematic review of the various drugs using in the prevention of dementia. This was carried out as a Cochrane systematic review. Dr Jordan carried out this research in the cpaacity of PhD candidate and Cochrance fellow, which was awarded to her. Following successful completion of her PhD and Cochrance systematic review, Fionnuala part-takes in the Cochrane research arm of the Western Vascular Institute, as head of Cochrane Research. To date, the WVI has 6 active reviews, with a 100% success rate under the guidance of the Cochrane Vascular and Stroke groups, and Fionnuala's expert experience.

Dr Ala Elhelali

Post Doctoral Research Fellow


Ala Elhelali graduated from National University of Ireland, Galway with an Honours BSc in Biomedical Science in 2010. With a budding interest in research and science development she graduated with a first class honours following a completion of a Masters in Clinical Research. In conjunction with this she undertook a two year vascular research fellowship under the supervision of Prof. Sherif Sultan, consultant vascular surgeon, in the Western Vascular Institute, Galway University Hospital.

She has a PhD from the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering department in GMIT which  established the mechanism behind and the understanding of the effect of Multilayer Flow Modulators (MFM) on aortic aneurysms and dissections. Dr Elhelali is now a post doctoral research fellow at Johns Hopkins University in the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.



Mr Brian FitzGibbon

PhD Candidate

Brian FitzGibbon graduated from the National University of Ireland, Galway with a first class honours B.E in Biomedical Engineering in 2015. His primary research focus to date has been in the area of computational biomechanics, specifically finite element modelling of aortic biomechanics. His thesis investigated
 the effects of intraluminal thrombus, tortuosity, and wall thickness on the rupture potential of infrarenal aortic aneurysms.
He has now successfully attained a position as a PhD candidate in Biomedical Engineering in National University of Ireland, Galway with clinical supervision from the WVI. His present work focuses on the biomechanics of aortic dissection and its treatment using endovascular therapies.

Mr Jamie Concannon

PhD Candidate

Jamie Concannon graduated from The National University of Ireland, Galway in 2015 with a First Class Honours B.E in Biomedical Engineering. His thesis focused on the Computational Modelling Of The Optimum Removal Of External Fixators In Comminuted Tibial Fractures and was awarded the David Bouchier Hayes Innovations in Surgery Award for 2015 for his research at the Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland. His thesis was presented internationally at both the 23rd Annual European Orthopaedic Research Society and the 6th Annual International Conference of Mechanics of Biomaterials and Tissues.

A keen interest in biomechanics and computational analysis has lead to him successfully attaining a position as a PhD candidate in the Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering at The National University of Ireland, Galway under the Co-Supervision of Professor Peter E. McHugh and Professor Sherif Sultan of the WVI. His PhD focuses on the Computational And Experimental Analysis Of The Efficacy Of Endovascular Devices In The Treatment Of Thoracoabdominal Aortic Aneurysms.


Mr Wael Tawfick

Mr Mohamed El Sharkawy

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