Our Deans and Directors

Deans and Directors

Dr Cliona Murphy

Chair of the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Dr Cliona Murphy, Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist in the Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital and Tallaght University Hospital, took up the role of Chair of the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists at its Annual General Meeting on 28 September 2018. Dr Murphy graduated from University College Cork in 1993. She served as Ireland representative to RCOG Council from 2012 - 2016 and was Head of the Gynaecology Department at Tallaght Hospital from 2012 - 2016. As Chair of the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Dr Murphy is responsible for overseeing all matters of the Institute with the support of the Executive Council and the Institute Committees. She represents the Institute on a number of national and international bodies relating to the specialty.


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.She is an Honorary Senior lecturer at RCSI  Her special interests include child maltreatment, child development /disability and clinical education.


Dr Robert Ryan

Dean of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine

Dr Robert Ryan is the Dean of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine. He is a Specialist Occupational Physician and Managing Partner of Medmark Occupational Healthcare. After graduation from the Royal College of Surgeons in 1989 he completed BST in in General Internal Medicine in Dublin and then BST in General Practice in Sheffield, UK. On his return to Ireland in 1995 he joined Medmark and has specialized in Occupational Medicine since then. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and a Fellow of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine. To support him in his role as Managing Partner he completed a Masters in Management through the IMI & UCC in 2013. Dr Ryan manages a portfolio of clients in a number of sectors, is lead physician to the Dept of Education in the delivery of its occupational health programme, and leads a nationwide team of occupational physicians and nurses.


Dr Sinead Murphy

Director of Education and Academic Programmes

Tel: 01 863 9718

Dr Sinead Murphy is 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. , Dr Sinead Murphy is a member of RCPI’S Clinical Advisory Group on Obesity. Dr Murphy is also Education Lead for CHI, Ireland’s new Paediatric Hospital.


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 the 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.


Professor Brendan Kelly

Dun's Librarian

Prof Brendan Kelly Dun's Librarian and a Fellow of the College. Professor of Psychiatry at Trinity College Dublin and Consultant Psychiatrist at Tallaght Hospital, Dublin. As well as his medical qualifications Prof 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.


Professor Conor O'Keane

Director of Quality and Clinical Care

Tel: 01 863 9763

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.


Professor Desmond O'Neill

Programme Director, National Office for Traffic Medicine

Professor Desmond O'Neill is the Programme Director of the National Office for Traffic Medicine, which was established jointly by the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and the Road Safety Authority in 2011. He is also a Elected Fellow on RCPI Council and Censor. He works as a Consultant Physician in Geriatric and Stroke Medicine at Tallaght Hospital Dublin and is Professor of Medical Gerontology at Trinity College Dublin.


Professor Emer Shelley

Dean of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine

Professor Emer Shelley is a member of Council and the Dean of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine. Professor Shelley is a retired Specialist in Public Health Medicine with the HSE who was based in the Department of Public Health in the East and an Honorary Clinical Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the RCSI. With a background in cardiovascular epidemiology and prevention, Professor Shelley has had a long association with the Irish Heart Foundation. In addition she has also advised on planning health services for patients with Stroke, a role she continued after the establishment of the National Clinical Programme for Stroke. Her links with the academic and voluntary sectors facilitated collaboration in research in cardiovascular epidemiology as well as on trends in demography and health service activity.


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 3 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.


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 Organizing 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).


Professor Louise Burke

Dean of the Faculty of Pathology

Professor Louise Burke, Professor of Pathology, University College Cork and a Consultant Histopathologist at Cork University Hospital, became Dean of the Faculty of Pathology in 2019. Professor Burke obtained her Primary Medical Degree from the National University of Ireland, Galway and subsequently received a MD from the same institution in 2005. She completed initial training in Histopathology at Cork University Hospital, culminating in the attainment of the membership of the Royal College of Pathologists, UK by examination in 1995 and being admitted as a Fellow in 2003. She then completed a Fellowship in the Pulmonary and Mediastinal Pathology department at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Washington, DC, USA, incorporating research on Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer in the laboratory of Dr. Curt Harris and the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland. Following further pathology training at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, USA, Professor  Burke then worked in France with Professor Francoise Galateau - Salle, Chairperson of the French and International Mesothelioma Panel. Professor Burke took up her appointment as Consultant Histopathologist at CUH in 1999, leading the Thoracic Histopathology Service, and as Professor of Pathology, 2020.