19–21 October, Milan, Italy

Scientific Programme

Cawley, Derek

Derek started his surgical training in Ireland in 2005 and specialised in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery from 2011-2016. His specialist spinal surgery training has taken him to world renowned centres abroad including Institute de la Colonne Vertebrale, Bordeaux, France during 2016-2017 and Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, London, UK during 2017-2018.

Having previously studied medicine at NUI Galway, Derek completed a Masters Degree in Medical Sciences and a Masters Degree in Surgery. As a result of his extensive experience in musculoskeletal trauma, he is the editor and creator of the popular patient website

Derek also works in close collaboration with the Department of Physiotherapy at University College Dublin and he is a Programme Director for the Spinal Studies module on the UCD Masters Degree in Physiotherapy.

Derek is the chairperson of the PatientLine working group with the European Spine Society and remains an active contributor for the Patient Line resource for spine patients at He has published widely in international surgical journals, see below.

Derek is a board member with the Road Safety Authority, Zoan Biomed and Irish Doctors for the Environment.


12:00 - 13:30
Lunch Symposium: Consent in Spine Surgery in the 21st Century
Location: Space 1+2
12:00 - 12:15  
13:00 - 13:15  
08:45 - 10:15
Complications / Epidemiology
Location: Space 1+2

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