Donal Harney


Title: Consultant Anaesthesiologist and in Pain Medicine at Mercy University Hospital since 2006


  • Practice privileges at Bons Secours Hospital Cork since 2009
  • Member of Foundation board faculty of Pain Medicine College of anaesthetists Ireland 2008-2012
  • Secretary of south of Ireland association of anaesthetists 2007-2009
  • Chairman of examinations diploma in pain Medicine College of Anaesthetists Ireland from 2008-2012
  • Clinical Senior Lecturer

Subspecialty interest:

  • Pulse radiofrequency of Dorsal Root Ganglion in management of radicular pain
  • Racz epidural adhesiolysis for Failed Back surgery Syndrome (FBSS)
  • Peripheral nerve lesioning in management of mononeuropathies

Research interests:

I have research experience in the field of platelet and cerebrospinal proteomics, confocal microscopy, mass spectrometry, cyclo-oxygenase inhibitory pharmacotherapy.  My research on platelet proteomics forms the major component of my MD thesis for which I received the Council prize for postgraduate research at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland 2003.  In addition I also presented my research as an oral presentation at the American Heart Association annual meeting Scientific Sessions in Orlando 2003.

My clinical research encompassed the evaluation of the effect of cyclo-oxygenase- II inhibition (CH 001) in the acute setting following thoracotomy/sternotomy and whether acute inhibition of cyclo-oxygenase will affect morphine requirements in the perioperative period.

Mercy University Hospital was one of two selected Irish sites for studies with QUTENZATM patch application for peripheral neuropathic pain studies in partnership with Astellas corporation, LIFT and STRIDE studies 2011-2013.

Non interventional study in collaboration with Grünenthal to evaluate Tapentadol in clinical practice 2011-2012.

Evaluation of pulsed radio frequency of the dorsal root ganglion in management of neuropathic pain.

Teaching interest: Image guided interventions in management of chronic Pain


  • Introduction of Fentanyl Patient control analgesia (PCA) to Ireland
  • Mercy university Hospital was first hospital in Ireland to adopt Fentanyl PCA in management of post operative pain.
  • Pioneering new minimally invasive techniques in management of chronic pain conditions including palisade classical radiofrequency lesioning in management of sacroiliac joint pain.
  • Involved in chartering the application in collaboration with colleagues from St Vincent’s, MANCH, and St James’s Hospitals, Dublin for specialty recognition in Pain Medicine with Irish medical Council.
  • Advisor to HIQA on Pain Medicine 2013-2014.
  • Set up the first acute post- operative pain consultant delivered service in Ireland.

Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine