Deans and Directors

Deans and Directors

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.


Dr Cliona Murphy

Chair of the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Tel: +353 1 863 9728

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 Ellen Crushell

Dean of the Faculty of Paediatrics

Dr Ellen Crushell is Dean of the Faculty of Paediatrics. She is a Consultant Paediatrician with special interest in Inherited Metabolic Disorders at Temple Street Children’s University Hospital and Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin. A UCC graduate, she completed her Paediatric SpR training in General Paediatrics in 2003 prior to undertaking further specialist training in Inherited Metabolic Disorders at the National Centre for Inherited Metabolic Disorders (NCIMD) and at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), Toronto. She has an interest in teaching and is an Associate Clinical Professor at UCD. Her clinical and research interests include infantile liver failure syndromes, homocystinuria and lysosomal storage disorders.


Dr Lynda Sisson

Dean of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine

Dr Lynda Sisson took up the role of Dean of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine in November 2018. Dr Sisson also holds the role of HSE National Clinical Lead for Workplace Health and Well Being for health service employees. After graduation from Trinity College Dublin, Dr Sisson trained in General Practice in Dublin and the Mayo Clinic, USA. She then completed a Masters in Public Health at the University of Minnesota. Having become American Board Certified in both General Practice, Occupational Medicine and Public Health Medicine, she was made Assistant Professor Occupational Medicine in University of California at San Francisco. On returning to Ireland, Dr Sisson spent six years as Occupational Health Physician at Tallaght Hospital. She previously held the role of Director of Competence Assurance at the Medical Council.


Dr Sinead Murphy

Director of Education and Professional Development

Tel: 01 863 9718

Dr Sinead Murphy is Director of Education and Professional Development of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. Dr Murphy’s primary role is as an educator, and she also holds the position of Director of Paediatric Education at the UCD School of Medicine and Medical Sciences. In this role, Dr Murphy is the lead for teaching, and is responsible for the coordination and delivery of programmes across the two Dublin Children’s Hospitals – Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin, and Children’s University Hospital Temple Street. A Consultant Paediatrician at Temple Street, 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 in 1994, and went into Paediatrics straight from internship. She continued her clinical training at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London and at University College London, returning to Ireland in 2001. She received Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland in 2012. Dr Murphy has a special interest in childhood obesity and has carried out extensive research on this subject. More recently, she has been in the role of clinical lead on the paediatric childhood obesity service which was developed and is run by a multidisciplinary team in Temple Street. In RCPI, Dr Sinead Murphy is a member of the Policy Group on Obesity. This group has published two reports in recent years which have informed the National Obesity Policy and Action Plan - A Healthy Weight for Ireland, published in 2016.


Professor Anthony O'Regan

Dean of Postgraduate Specialist Training

Tel: 01 863 9700

Professor Anthony O'Regan is Dean of Postgraduate Specialist Training in the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. He is also a Senior Fellow on RCPI Council and was appointed to the role of Foundation Dean for the Institute of Medicine, RCPI in October 2018. A Consultant in Respiratory and Internal Medicine in University Hospital Galway, Prof O’Regan also serves as Professor of Medicine at the National University of Ireland, Galway. He holds several other roles including Chief Academic Officer for the Saolta University Healthcare Group, and Past President of the Irish Thoracic Society. 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, Prof 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. Prof O'Regan has received research funding from the National Institutes of Health, the American Lung Foundation and the Irish Lung Foundation, through which he has published over 40 peer reviewed articles.


Professor Colm Bergin

Associate Director for Training Site Accreditation

Tel: 01 863 9700

Professor Colm Bergin is Associate Director for Training Site Accreditation at RCPI. He is also a Fellow and Censor on RCPI Council. Colm Bergin qualified from Trinity College Dublin in 1989. He is currently Consultant Physician in Infectious Diseases, St James’s Hospital, Dublin and Clinical Professor of Medicine at Trinity College Dublin (TCD). He is the Associate Director of the Wellcome-Health Research Board (HRB), Clinical Research Facility, St. James’s Hospital Dublin.


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 Emer Shelley

Dean, Faculty of Public Health Medicine

Tel: +353 1 863 9695

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 Hilary Hoey

Director of Professional Competence

Tel: 01 863 9700

Professor Hilary Hoey is an Elected Senior 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.


Professor Louise Burke

Dean, Faculty of Pathology

Prof Louise Burke is a Consultant Histopathologist, Department of Histopathology at Cork University Hospital and Clinical Professor at University College Cork. A medical graduate of National University of Ireland, Galway, Prof Burke trained in University College Hospital, Galway and Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe. She completed further residency and research fellowships in Maryland, U.S. and Caen, France. Her research interests include Cardiothoracic Pathology.