Prof Donna Eaton

Consultant Thoracic Surgeon

Areas of Specialty

  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Left Atrial Appendage Clipping
  • Thoracoscopic Sympathectomy
  • Lung Cancer Surgery
  • Chest Wall Tumours
  • Major Airway Surgery
  • Airway Interventions
  • Metastastectomy
  • Mediastinal Surgery
  • Pleural Disease
  • Emphysema


Prof Donna Eaton is an internationally trained thoracic (chest) surgeon. Following on from her cardiothoracic and thoracic specialist training she completed a clinical fellowship in advanced thoracic surgery and lung transplantation in Toronto General Hospital and a minimally invasive surgery fellowship in Heartlands Hospital, Birmingham


Prof Eaton has 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 thoracic surgery patients’ robotic resection and offers a number of specialist procedures, not previously available to patients within Ireland.

She is the Head of Thoracic Surgery at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital and is the lead for Robotic Thoracic Surgery in the unit. Prof 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 and publication portfolio. Her current research interests include extended pleural decortication for mesothelioma, lung volume reduction surgery and cardiac denervation techniques. She is frequently invited to present her experience at both national and international conferences and meetings.

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 is course director of the ST4 thoracic surgery course in the UK.