Dr Conor Hearty obtained his undergraduate degree from University College Dublin in 2001. He subsequently completed his Anaesthesia training in Ireland in 2011 following a short career in General Medicine in 2002. During his Anaesthesia training he developed a subspecialty interest in Pain Medicine which led to an interventional fellowship at St James’ Hospital in 2008. He was appointed as a Consultant in Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital and Cappagh National Orthopaedic in 2012 after completing a further Pain Fellowship at the Royal Adelaide Hospital in South Australia in 2011. He was involved in the development of techniques for cancer pain management and a regular contributor to acute pain practice. Dr Hearty completed the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) Pain Faculty Examinations in 2011.
His current work at the Mater Misericordiae University, where he is Lead Clinician of the Department of Pain Medicine, involves the development of interdisciplinary pain management services and interventional pain therapies including neuromodulation. Since his appointment at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital he has championed the ACT (acceptance and commitment therapy) pain management program, and is currently involved in ongoing research in this arena. Dr Hearty is an examiner with the Faculty of Pain Medicine for the Pain Management Diploma. He is a member of the World Institute of Pain, the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) and a Fellow of Interventional Pain Practice (FIPP) in 2008. He is Honorary Secretary of the Faculty of Pain Medicine of the College of Anaesthetists, a group that seeks to promote Pain Medicine as a speciality nationally and internationally.