Ciaran Staunton is a Co-Founder of END SEPSIS, the Legacy of Rory Staunton and a leading figure in the fight against sepsis, which took the life of his twelve-year-old son, Rory.
He and his wife, Orlaith, campaigned for the adoption mandatory sepsis protocols in all New York hospitals. Known as Rory’s Regulations, they are projected to save up to 8,000 lives annually and are now being adopted across the country. They are responsible for the development of comprehensive sepsis education programs in schools and for the annual National Forum on Sepsis, which brings together policymakers, healthcare experts, educators and patient advocates to chart new pathways in the fight against sepsis.
Ciaran was the keynote speaker at the Global Sepsis Forum in Berlin in September 2022 and the recipient of Ireland’s Presidential Distinguished Service Award for the Irish Abroad for 2022.
The foundation has educated hundreds of thousands of Americans about sepsis through their testimony at the first Senate Hearing on Sepsis and by sharing their experience with sepsis in numerous media programs and publications, including the New York Times, the Today Show, and CBS Nightly News.
He is from Co. Mayo, Ireland, and a well known leader in the Irish American community as the owner of Molly Blooms Restaurant and Bar in Queens, New York, and of O’Neill’s Bar and Restaurant in Manhattan, and for his role in the Good Friday Peace Agreement.