Specialist Shoulder Care

Professor Cathal Moran is one of Ireland's leading specialists in the provision of care for shoulder pain and injury. As a specialist shoulder surgeon, Cathal treats patients and athletes of all ages with a wide range of shoulder conditions and injuries. Our primary practice is based at Sports Surgery Clinic, Dublin with offices also held at Blackrock Clinic and Galway Clinic. In addition to providing care to professional athletes and teams, we also look forward to helping patients and athletes of all ages back to increased levels of activity and pain relief. Specialist shoulder surgeries include Labrum Repair and Stabilisation Procedures, Rotator Cuff Repair, Clavicle Fracture Fixation and Shoulder Replacement.  

Setting Up a Consultation

Please contact our office at any time to set up a consultation with Professor Cathal Moran.  We usually require a referral from your GP, physiotherapist, physical therapist or other similar professional to facilitate your request.

Please also forward the result of any x-rays, MRI, or CT examinations you have had. You must bring a copy of these images on a disc with you at the time of your consultation. Please do not send discs to us in advance unless we request you to do so.

On the day of your consultation, please ensure you arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled time. This is in order to facilitate processing of your paperwork and patient information sheets.

Please ensure you are wearing clothing that will allow us to examine your shoulder and both upper limbs and upper body with ease i.e. for females sleeveless top, sports bra or other suitable clothing should be in place as appropriate.

Please note that Professor Moran is assisted in his clinic by other members of his clinical team and that some of your initial consultation may be provided by this team to ensure you get the best care possible. As an international specialist, Professor Moran may also be hosting other doctors and sports medicine specialists who may be in the learning environment. However, Professor Moran will see and advise all patients directly himself.

Below you will find additional information and animations on the surgical approaches for all of our treatments including:

Rotator Cuff Tear.

Labrum Tear.

Shoulder Instability.


Shoulder Replacement

See Our Animations

Sports Injury and Shoulder Pain

As a highly specialised Orthopaedic and Sports, Shoulder Surgeon, Cathal will discuss all options and liaise closely with your physiotherapy team before and after any surgical procedures are undertaken. Specialist shoulder surgeries include:

Rotator Cuff Repair.

Labrum Repair and Stabilisation Procedures.

Subacromial Decompression.

Clavicle Fracture Fixation.

Biceps Repair.

Shoulder Replacement.

Please see our physiotherapy page for exercise guidelines and our animations above for information on surgery techniques.

Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation

Exercise, rehabilitation and physiotherapy are key aspects of resolving pain and injury. Following shoulder surgery, rehabilitation forms an important part of your recovery. Cathal works closely with many of Ireland’s leading physiotherapists to deliver the highest quality care of care we can to our patients. We ensure all patients receive an expert diagnosis and rehabilitation program before any surgical procedures are considered.

Please see our Physiotherapy page for all guidelines for exercises after surgery.


Many patients and athletes can be returned to a high level of performance, work and play without shoulder surgery.  Occasionally advanced reconstruction is required, but minimally invasive keyhole options are used where possible, with an emphasis on the most up to date techniques in modern orthopaedics and sports medicine.

Please see our Animations link above to view the techniques we use for your shoulder surgery where this is required.

Biologics & Cell Treatments

In orthopedic sports medicine, the promise of regenerative medicine—or, the more accurate term, restorative medicine–is to accelerate healing and to decrease scar formation, adhesions, pain, and inflammation at the site of injury or surgical repair. (We can’t yet regenerate damaged tissues and joints or make them normal again. Rather, we’re creating a more favourable healing environment.) While not yet substantiated, this evolving area of medicine may improve long-term outcomes as well. Where suitable, we will discuss the role of such cell and biological injections for your shoulder pain or injury with you.

Please see our page on Regenerative Medicine for more details on this specialist practice we provide.

Shoulder Exercises (Non-Op.)

Shoulder Exercise Guide: Helping you improve strength and mobility in your shoulder.

Shoulder Pain exercises from Professor Cathal Moran, shoulder surgeon

Shoulder Surgery Guide

A Guide to Your Shoulder Surgery:
Helping you understand the treatment process.

Shoulder Surgery Guide Professor Cathal Moran
A photo of Professor Cathal Moran, specialist shoulder surgeon in Ireland
Shoulder pain and injury that required shoulder surgery with Professor Moran