skip to main content
About Us

Our People


Deans and Directors

We are proud to have some of the most experienced professionals in the medical world as the Deans and Directors of the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland.


Meet Our Deans and Chairs

Headshot of Dr Sheelagh O’Brien, Dean of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine at RCPI

Dr Sheelagh O’Brien

Dean of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine

Dr Sheelagh O’Brien is the Dean of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine.

She is also Managing Director of Corporate Health Ireland (CHI Dublin).  She graduated from University College Galway in 1988 and completed BST in General Internal Medicine in Galway then completed HST in General Practice in the Mid-West Scheme.  She is a Specialist in Occupational Medicine since 2001. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and a Fellow of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine, RCPI.

Sheelagh has experience across a wide spectrum of industries including local authority services, financial and professional organisations, manufacturing, pharma industry and healthcare. Special interests include shift work and the ageing worker’s health, work related psychological issues and the emergency response services.


Headshot of Dr Louise Kyne, Dean of the Faculty of Paediatrics at RCPI

Dr Louise Kyne

Dean of the Faculty of Paediatrics

Dr Louise Kyne is Dean of the Faculty of Paediatrics. She commenced her consultant career in Letterkenny University Hospital, as a general paediatrician with a special interest in community child health and took up her current consultant paediatrician post in Children’s Health Ireland (CHI) at Temple Street in 2007.

She graduated from University College Galway in 1990 and subsequently completed her initial paediatric training in Ireland. She furthered her clinical training in Nottingham, UK, where she obtained an M.Med.Sci (Clin Edu) and completed a clinical and research fellowship (Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect) in The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto. She was the Associate Dean of Paediatric membership examinations in RCPI between 2007 and 2013, and is currently an honorary senior lecturer at RCSI.

Her special interests include child maltreatment, child development /disability and clinical education.


Headshot of Professor Mary Keogan, Dean of the Faculty of Pathology at RCPI

Professor Mary Keogan

Dean of the Faculty of Pathology

Professor Mary Keogan is Dean of the Faculty of Pathology. As Dean, Prof Mary Keogan is responsible for overseeing all matters of the Faculty with the support of the Faculty Board and Committees. She represents the Faculty on the RCPI Executive Board and on other national and international bodies.

Prof Keogan is the former Clinical Lead for the National Clinical Programme in Pathology, and is currently a consultant clinical immunologist in Beaumont Hospital Dublin.

Prof Keogan studied medicine at University College Dublin, undertook postgraduate medical training in Dublin and specialist training in immunology in Cambridge in the UK, and as a consultant immunologist in Papworth NHS Trust, developed a specialised clinical immunology service.

Since returning to Dublin, Prof Keogan has developed a busy clinical and laboratory immunology service in Beaumont Hospital and is medical director of the National Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics Service for Solid Organ Transplantation. Research interests include optimisation of transplantation outcomes and improving clinical effectiveness in the use of diagnostic tests.


Headshot of Professor Cecily Kelleher, Dean of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine at RCPI

Professor Cecily Kelleher

Dean of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine

Professor Cecily Kelleher is Chair of Public Health Medicine & Epidemiology at University College Dublin (UCD). She has been the Principal of the College of Health and Agricultural Sciences at UCD since 2015. She previously served as Dean and Head of the UCD School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science.

Professor Kelleher is also a member of the Royal Irish Academy. She served as Chair of the Covid-19 Nursing Homes Expert Panel for the report to the Minister for Health on the examination of measures to 2021. Her main areas of research are on lifecourse epidemiology and cardiovascular disease, childhood obesity, Traveller health, and the public health impacts of tobacco smoke.


Headshot of Professor Anthony O'Regan, Dean of the Institute of Medicine at RCPI

Professor Anthony O'Regan

Dean of the Institute of Medicine

Professor Anthony O'Regan is Dean of the Institute of Medicine. A consultant in respiratory and internal medicine in University Hospital Galway, Professor O’Regan is Chief Academic Officer for Saolta University Healthcare Group and an honorary Professor of Medicine at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

Professor O’Regan graduated from University College Dublin in 1990. He completed postgraduate training at the Medical College of Wisconsin and Boston University School of Medicine. In addition to holding Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, Professor O’Regan is American board-certified in internal medicine, pulmonary medicine, critical care medicine, and allergy and immunology, and is a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians. He was conferred with an MD doctorate from UCD in 2003 and has received several distinguished teaching awards in both Ireland and the USA. He is a past president of the Irish Thoracic Society.


Headshot of Professor Sam Coulter-Smith, Chair of the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists at RCPI

Professor Sam Coulter-Smith

Chair of the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Professor Sam Coulter-Smith is the Chair of the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and is a consultant in the Rotunda since 2002. During this time, he developed a special interest in the area of infection in pregnancy. He was also instrumental in expanding the diabetes service at the hospital and has a big interest in complications of early pregnancy. He has an interest in gynaecology, particularly familial ovarian cancer and pelvic floor surgery.

Prof Coulter-Smith was Master of the Rotunda Hospital from January 2009 to December 2015. During his Mastership, he devoted much of his time to ensuring quality and safety standards were maintained at the Rotunda, and raised the profile of maternity services onto the national stage. Professor Coulter-Smith is a clinical professor attached to the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland and has a keen interest in training of both undergraduate and postgraduate students. He is a strong advocate for the improvement of maternity services in Ireland. He is also a member of the Women’s Health Council.

Contact: IOG@RCPI.IE


Meet Our Directors

Headshot of Professor Gaye Cunnane, Director of Health and Wellbeing at RCPI

Professor Gaye Cunnane

Director of Health and Wellbeing

Gaye Cunnane, PhD, MB, FRCPI, is Director of Health and Wellbeing at RCPI. As Director of Health and Wellbeing, Professor Cunnane is responsible for overseeing initiatives to improve the health and wellbeing of RCPI Trainers and Trainees. She is also a clinical professor of rheumatology and a consultant rheumatologist at Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and St James’s Hospital. After graduation from medical school in TCD, she completed her basic clinical training in medicine and then undertook PhD studies at University College Dublin and St Vincent’s University Hospital, where she investigated serological and tissue prognostic markers in early inflammatory arthritis, in collaboration with universities in Switzerland, (Zurich), The Netherlands (Leiden), the UK (Cambridge) and Sweden (Karolinska, Stockholm).

She then completed a three-year clinical and research Fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco, USA – the focus of her research there was on new treatments for lupus. In 2001, she moved to the UK as a senior lecturer at the University of Leeds, and in 2003 returned to Ireland to take up her current post. She was the National Specialty Director for Rheumatology training in Ireland from 2005 – 2012, Programme Director for Basic Specialist Training with RCPI from 2009 – 2017 and is a past President of the Irish Society for Rheumatology. Her recent research interests have focused on lifestyle risks in the rheumatic diseases.


Headshot of Professor Hilary Hoey, Director of Professional Competence at RCPI

Professor Hilary Hoey

Director of Professional Competence

Professor Hilary Hoey is an Elected Fellow on Council and Director of Professional Competence. She is also Chair of Diabetes Ireland, Professor Emeritus of Paediatrics and Child Health at the University of Dublin, Trinity College. Professor Hoey is Past Dean of the Faculty of Paediatrics RCPI. She completed her postgraduate training and experience in Dublin, the Hospital for Sick Children Great Ormond Street, the University of San Francisco and the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. She studied medical education at the University of Dundee.

She is a council member of the European Paediatric Paediatric Association UNEPSA and Chair of the Scientific Committee and Organising Committee European Paediatric Association Biennial Congress 2019. She was President of the European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology (ESPE) 2013-2014. She received the ESPE Outstanding Clinician Award in 2016 and a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Irish Healthcare Awards in 2017.

Professor Hoey has served on many national and international councils, committees, editorial boards and was an external examiner in paediatrics at the University of Cambridge, University of Nottingham, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, University College Dublin, University of Galway, University of Limerick, University of Kuwait and the University of Cairo. Her research interests include diabetes in childhood, incidence of type 1 diabetes, metabolic control and quality of life, growth disorders, obesity and Down Syndrome. She has over 200 peer-reviewed publications. She has been elected as the incoming Vice-President of the EPA (European Paediatric Association).


Headshot of Professor Brendan Kelly, Dun's Librarian at RCPI

Professor Brendan Kelly

Dun's Librarian

Professor Brendan Kelly is Dun's Librarian and a Fellow of the College. He is a professor of psychiatry at Trinity College Dublin and a consultant psychiatrist at Tallaght Hospital, Dublin. As well as his medical qualifications, Prof Kelly holds a PhD in the history of medicine, and has published extensively on the history of psychiatry, including Hearing Voices: The History of Psychiatry in Ireland (Irish Academic Press, 2016), Custody, Care and Criminality: Forensic Psychiatry and Law in 19th-Century Ireland (History Press Ireland, 2014), Ada English: Patriot and Psychiatrist (Irish Academic Press, 2014) and "He Lost Himself Completely": Shell Shock and its Treatment at Dublin's Richmond War Hospital (1916-19) (Liffey Press, 2014). As Dun's Librarian, Prof Kelly has oversight of the Heritage Centre and is chair of the RCPI Library and Heritage Committee.


Headshot of Dr Sinead Murphy, Chair of the Academic Board and Director of Education and Academic Programmes at RCPI

Dr Sinead Murphy

Chair of the Academic Board and Director of Education and Academic Programmes

Dr Sinead Murphy is the chair of the Academic Board and Director of Education and Academic Programmes at Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. A Consultant Paediatrician at CHI, Temple Street and Head of Subject of Paediatrics at UCD School of Medicine, Dr Murphy has consistently combined her role as a clinician educator with clinical positions at every level, allowing for seamless integration of these two interconnected roles.

Dr Murphy studied undergraduate medicine in Trinity College Dublin. She trained in paediatrics in Dublin and then in the UK at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London and at University College London where she completed a clinical Fellowship in Paediatric Endocrinology before returning to Ireland in 2001. She has been a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland since 2012. Dr Murphy has a special interest in childhood obesity and has carried out extensive research on this subject. She is a member of RCPI’S Clinical Advisory Group on Obesity. Dr Murphy is also Education Lead for CHI, Ireland’s new Paediatric Hospital.

Contact: DirectorofEducation@RCPI.IE

Headshot of Professor Conor O'Keane, Director of Quality and Clinical Care at RCPI

Professor Conor O'Keane

Director of Quality and Clinical Care

Professor Conor O’Keane is the Director of Quality and Clinical Care in the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. Prof O’Keane has also held the role of Treasurer from 2010-2017 and is a past Dean of the Faculty of Pathology. Prof Conor O’Keane is a Consultant Histopathologist, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin and Associate Clinical Professor of Pathology at University College Dublin. He is a 1981 graduate of University College Dublin Medical School.

He obtained his pathology training at the Mallory Institute of Pathology/Boston University School of Medicine and subsequently was appointed there on staff from 1991-1993. He was Clinical Director of the Mater Hospital from 2009 to 2014. His major interest is quality improvement in medicine, particularly using lean methodologies and is an inaugural graduate of the Diploma in Leadership and Quality in Healthcare from RCPI.

He was the Mater Clinical Director for Quality and Patient Safety from 2014-2018. He also serves as a Director of Bone Bank at Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Pathology and is a Fellow of the Faculty of Pathology, RCPI and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (FRCPI). Currently, he is the Chair of the NOCA Governance Board. He has been a member of the Histopathology Working Group since its establishment in 2009.