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Prof. Donna Eaton

Thoracic surgery

Emphysema surgery Left atrial appendage clipping Robotic sympathectomy Lung cancer surgery Thoracic oncology Airway disease

Blackrock Clinic

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Prof. Eaton is an internationally trained thoracic (chest) surgeon with extensive experience in minimally invasive surgery including thoracoscopic (VATS) and robotic surgery (RATS). Since taking up consultant practice in Ireland, she has expanded the range of minimally invasive surgical approaches and specialist procedures offered to patients in the Republic. She was the first surgeon in Ireland routinely offering robotic surgery to thoracic patients and offers a number of specialist procedures (including highly selective sympathectomy, and LAA clipping) not previously available to patients within Ireland. 


Professor Eaton was awarded a PhD from King's College University, London for her research in Molecular and Cellular Biology. She has published a number of high impact peer reviewed articles and continues to have an active research interest and publication portfolio. Her current research interests include lung volume reduction surgery, LAA clipping for AF, robotic sympathectomy and cardiac denervation techniques. She is frequently invited to present her experience at both national and international conferences and meetings and is invited faculty member at the upcoming Indian Association of Cardiothoracic Surgeons (IACTS) in Coimbatore.

She is involved in education and surgical training and teaches both UCD and RCSI medical students. She is actively involved in surgical training through both the SCTS (Society of Cardiothoracic Surgery, UK and Ireland) and EACTS (European Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons). As well as being involved with the setting of board examinations for cardiothoracic surgery, she teaches minimally invasive lobectomy in Berlin for EACTS, and was course director of the ST4 thoracic surgery course in the UK.

After finishing her cardiothoracic (London) and sub-specialist thoracic training (West Midlands, UK) Donna successfully undertook a clinical fellowship in advanced thoracic surgery and lung transplantation in Toronto General Hospital, Ontario, Canada. She then completed a minimally invasive fellowship in Heartlands Hospital, Birmingham one of the largest Thoracic Units in the United Kingdom and a leader in minimally invasive surgery. Professor Eaton has extensive experience in minimally invasive techniques including thoracoscopic (VATS) and robotic surgery (RATS and is actively involved in leading innovations in the field of thoracic surgery.

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