Irish Spine Society Annual Meeting 

Saturday, November 20th, 2021 

Venue: The Galmont Hotel, Galway  

Theme:  Innovation in Spine Care

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 Call For Abstracts  

The Irish Spine Society invites you to submit abstracts for consideration at the annual meeting on November 20th 2021.

Please submit your abstract by email as a Word attachment to

Presenting authors of accepted abstracts will be required to submit a video recording of their abstract which will be broadcast during the event. Authors must be available to participate in a live Q&A discussion during their allocated session on November 20th.


Please rename the Word file using the first and second name of the presenting author. The title page should include:

  • The name(s) of the author(s)
  • A concise and informative title
  • The affiliation(s) and address(es) of the author(s)
  • The e-mail address, and telephone number(s) of the PRESENTING author
  • The abstract should not exceed 250 words.

Important Dates

  • Closing Date for Abstract Submission: Friday 29 October, 2021
  • Notification of Review Outcome by Email:  Friday 5 November 2021
  • Deadline for accepted oral & poster presenters to register to confirm attendance: 10 November 2021
  • Deadline for receipt of pre recording of accepted abstracts: Friday, 12 November 2021


Click Here to View the 2018 Published Abstracts



Professor John P McCabe, President Irish Spine Society


Current Positions:
Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon (Spine and Hip/knee surgery), Bon Secours Hospital and Galway University Hospitals,
Professor of Orthopaedic and Spine Surgery, NUI, Galway,
President of The Irish Spine Society,      Former Medical Director, Bon Secours Hospital, Galway.


1985: Conferred with an honours medical degree from NUI Galway and awarded first place in class for the final medical year

1989: F.R.C.S.I. RCSI

1989: Master of Medical Science Degree, NUIG

1990: Master in Surgery, NUIG

1993: F.R.C.S (Orth) RCSI

1994: Certificate of Accreditation in Orthopaedic Surgery ,Intercollegiate Board

1995: Fellowship in Spine Surgery, The Hospital for Special Surgery, New York Hospital -Cornell Medical Centre, New York

1996: Fellowship in Joint Reconstructive Surgery, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York Hospital -Cornell Medical Centre, New York

2017: Personal Professor in Orthopaedic and Spine Surgery, NUI, Galway


Clinical Practice
Having commenced practice in Galway in 1996, Professor Mc Cabe is the longest-serving Spine Surgeon in the Irish Public System. His expertise covers the full spectrum of traumatic, degenerative and tumour spine conditions as well as deformity surgery. He has pioneered technologies in this area including anterior and posterior cervical fixation and percutaneous spinal surgery. He has particular expertise in the management of complex spinal conditions in the presence of prior surgery.
Professor Mc Cabe also has an extensive practice in hip and knee surgery given his unique dual fellowship training in the world-renowned Hospital For Special Surgery, New York. This experience has ensured that he is skilled and has a wealth of knowledge in dealing with all aspects of musculoskeletal conditions pertaining to the spine and hip/knee area, conditions which often times can be difficult to diagnose and treat.

Research and Publications:
Professor Mc Cabe is very involved in ongoing research and teaching particularly in the area of spinal surgery. He has over 80 publications in peer reviewed journals as well as a number of co-authored book chapters in both spinal surgery and arthroplasty. He presents regularly at national and international meetings.

Areas of Interest


Hip & Knee Surgery

Mr Joseph Butler, Secretary Irish Spine Society


Mr Butler completed surgical training in Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He subsequently completed clinical fellowship training in complex spine deformity and tumour surgery at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore, UK; spine trauma and degenerative spine surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA; and complex, revision and minimally invasive spine surgery at the Rothman Institute, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, USA.



He is an active clinical and laboratory researcher based at Trinity College Dublin. He was awarded a PhD in bone biology by University College Dublin and has over 100 publications and 100 presentations at national and international scientific meetings. He has 40 major national and international awards for his research work and is on the editorial board of several major journals in the fields of Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery and Spine Surgery. He is the secretary of the Irish Spine Society (ISS) and sits on the Biologics & Basic Research Committee and Robotics & Navigation Committee of the North American Spine Society (NASS). His h-index is 21 and he has over 1300 citations of his research.


National Spinal Injuries Unit, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital,

Mater Private Hospital & Tallaght University Hospital.


Registration Categories

Hospital Consultant:  €100  

Physiotherapist, Nurse, Medical Trainee:  €50 

Healthcare Student: no charge ( valid student ID required) 

The registration fee includes:

• Access to the conference sessions
• Access to the exhibition and posters
• Conference programme
• Tea/coffee breaks and working lunch on the November 20th. 

Cancellation Policy

Registration fee is non-refundable.
All cancellations must be sent in writing via e-mail to

Gallery of Images from the 2019 Irish Spine Society Conference

Gallery of Images from the 2018 Irish Spine Society Conference

Gallery of Images from the 2016 Irish Spine Society Conference