Boston Scientific Newman Fellow in Colorectal Disease
Dr Darragh Storan received his Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery from UCC in 2012, and became a Member of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland in 2015. He has completed training in Gastroenterology in the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, University Hospital Galway and St Vincent’s University Hospital.
Darragh used his Fellowship to conduct research into psychological disability in patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), a chronic condition that affects over 20,000 people in Ireland. Current treatments for the disease include immune modulators, biologic agents, and steroids, all of which have known side effects. Steroids can result in many physical changes, including hair loss, acne, facial hair growth, and weight gain, which can give rise to stress, anxiety, and negative body image in patients. Darragh investigated the effect of steroid medications, as well as the effect of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), on psychological disability in IBD patients.
Darragh was supervised by Professor Hugh Mulcahy in the UCD School of Medicine. His Fellowship was supported by Boston Scientific.