Our Executive Board

No 6 Kildare Street stairwell

Under delegated authority from Council, the Executive Board oversees the operation and management of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and holds authority for statutory responsibilities. The Executive Board also holds responsibility for the legal, financial and statutory duties of the College.

The President is the Chair of the Executive Board and the membership includes the Officers and Deans/Chair of the Faculties and Institute. The Chief Executive and a Senior Independent Director also sit on the Executive Board. 

Professor Mary Horgan


Tel: 01 863 9700

Professor Mary Horgan is the President of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. She took up office as the 142nd President in October 2017 and will serve a three-year term. She is the first woman President in our 360 year history. Originally from Kerry, Professor Horgan graduated from UCD in 1986. She was awarded her MD in 1995, MRCPI in 1988 and FRCPI in 1997. She serves on the Board of the Health Products Regulatory Authority and the Mercy University Hospital and on the Governing Body of UCC. She is formerly a Board Member of the Irish Blood Transfusion Service and was previously Chair of the Council of Deans of Medical Schools. She is a Consultant Physician in Infectious Diseases and Internal Medicine and she served as Dean of the University College Cork School of Medicine from 2013-2017. Professor Horgan also chairs our Steering Committee on Acute Medicine (training). Mary Horgan graduated from University College Dublin in 1986.  She is Consultant Physician in Cork University Hospital and Professor in the School of Medicine, University College Cork.  She served as Chair of the Consultant Medical Staff Committee and the Executive Management Board in CUH.  Professor Horgan has served as a Board member of IBTS and is currently a Board Member of the Irish Medicines Board where she chairs the National Advisory Committee on Human Medicine.  She is President of the Infectious Diseases Society of Ireland.

Professor Donal Reddan


Tel: 01 863 9700

Professor Donal Reddan currently serves as Treasurer of the Royal College of Physicians and elected Fellow on Council. He was appointed to the Treasurer role at the Annual Stated meeting in October 2017, and was elected to Council in October 2016.  Prior to this, Dr Reddan held the positions of Junior Fellow, and Vice-President (2011-2012) on Council. Dr Reddan is a Consultant Nephrologist, General Physician and clinical lecturer at Galway University Hospital. He is also group Clinical Director for medicine at the SAOLTA (WNWHG) group. A graduate of UCD he completed post-graduate training in Dublin, a residency in General Medicine at AGH Pittsburgh and a fellowship in Nephrology at Duke University Medical Center, Durham North Carolina. He also completed a masters in health sciences at Duke University Medical Center, and served on faculty as an Assistant Professor in the division of Nephrology and at the Duke Clinical Research Institute. He has been involved in the design and implementation of a number of important clinical trials in chronic kidney disease. He has over 80 peer reviewed publications and has published extensively in the area of CKD associated anemia, CKD associated cardiovascular risk and contrast induced acute kidney injury.

Dr Diarmuid O’Shea


Tel: 01 863 9763

Dr Diarmuid O’Shea is the Registrar of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. On taking up this role in 2014, he stepped down as Vice-President of Education and Professional Development, a role he held for 8 years.  He acted as the Masterclass Series Convenor in the RCPI since its inception in 2007.  He was National Specialty Director in Geriatric Medicine from 2000 – 2004. A UCD medical graduate, he served as Chair of the Irish Committee on Higher Medical Training from 2017 to 2019. He stepped down from his role as Clinical Lead for the National Clinical Programme for Older People in May 2019.  He is currently a Consultant Physician in Geriatric and General Medicine in St Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin and is the current President of The Irish Gerontological Society of Ireland.  

Professor Richard Costello

Director of Research and Vice President of RCPI

Tel: 353 1863 9700

Professor Richard Costello is Director of Research at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. He is also the Vice President of RCPI and a Censor on RCPI Council. Richard Costello graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 1988 and is currently Consultant Physician in Respiratory Medicine at Beaumont Hospital Dublin and Associate Professor of Medicine at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He serves on numerous committees and is a member of the Allergy and Immunology Assembly of the American Thoracic Society and the Health Research Board’s pharmacology panel.  He was involved in the establishment of the Irish Sleep Association.  He has authored over 40 publications.  His current research interests are lung immunology, neuro-immune interaction in allergic rhinitis and laser capture microdissection.  

Professor Anthony O'Regan

Dean of the Institute of Medicine

Tel: 01 863 9700

Professor Anthony O'Regan is Dean of the Institute of Medicine in the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. He is also a Senior Fellow on RCPI Council and was previously Dean of Postgraduate Specialist Training. A Consultant in Respiratory and Internal Medicine in University Hospital Galway, Prof O’Regan is the Chief Academic Officer for Saolta University Healthcare Group and is appointed as 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, 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. The is a past president of the Irish Thoracic Society and co-author of the history of the Society published in 2019.

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.

Professor Louise Burke

Dean of the 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.

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.

Professor Emer Shelley

Dean of the 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.

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.

Mr Kieran Crowley

Senior Independent Director

Mr Kieran Crowley is the Senior Independent Director on the RCPI Executive Board. Mr Crowley is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland & a Chartered Director. Mr Crowley has been a consultant to public, private and semi-state organisations for over 30 years – both in Ireland and internationally. Consulting services have evolved over time from financial control, planning and monitoring, management information system projects, custom IT projects, organisation structuring and executive development, to improving board conduct and governance advice. Positions Mr Crowley has held include: Vice-Chairman (NED) of the Commissioner of Irish Lights & Chair of Audit Committee, 2013 – date; Non-Executive Director (NED) of the Irish Cancer Society 2014 – date; Non-Executive Director (NED) of Oxygen Care Ltd, supplier of anaesthesia systems etc, 2017 – date;  Former Non-Executive Director (NED) of AIB Group and its major subsidiaries in Poland, UK and Northern Ireland; 2004-2014; Former three-term Chairman of the SFA 1998-2003. Member of IBEC National Council 1998-2005.

Dr Terry McWade

Chief Executive Officer

Tel: +353 (0)1 863 9700

Dr Terry McWade is CEO of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. Dr McWade, who qualified as a medical doctor at Trinity College Dublin, has led a number of technology and medical education innovations including the world’s first online surgical training programme - a collaborative venture between the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Harvard Medical School and Intuition. He has previously worked in the pharmaceutical industry at Servier Laboratories, as Managing Director of Servier Denmark, and at its Paris headquarters. He led the healthcare consulting practice of the Boston Consulting Group in London and is former CEO of Exceptis Technologies, where he led the sale of this business to Trintech Group in 2000. Prior to establishing Valitacell, Terry was Deputy CEO of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (2004-2013). He is the former Chairman of the European Vaccine Initiative, Deputy Chairman of the Dublin Dental Hospital and serves on a number of committees of the Irish Medical Council. He holds an MBA from INSEAD and has a MSc in Healthcare Ethics and Law.

Sheila Gallagher

Chief Financial Officer

Sheila Gallagher is the Chief Financial Officer of RCPI. She joined the College in January 2019 and is responsible for the strategic financial management and growth of RCPI. Sheila graduated from DCU with a degree in business in 1998 and trained as a Chartered Accountant with British Land Investments. She spent a number of years as Finance Director in RTE before taking up the position as CFO in RCPI.

Contact the Executive Board

Jenny Heerey

Corporate Office

Tel: 01 8639 791