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


Prof Mary Horgan is the first female President in the 360 year history of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. She is in her second term as President of the College. She is a Consultant in Infectious Diseases and practices on the frontline in University College Cork in the South of Ireland. She is former Dean of the School of Medicine in UCC. She currently serves on our National Immunisation Advisory Committee and our National Public Health Emergency Team – which advises the Irish Government on public health issues during this pandemic. She is also Chair of the National Research Ethics Committee. She also trained in the US where she worked in St Louis from 1990-1997.

Professor Mary Higgins

Vice President and Censor

Prof Mary Higgins is an elected Fellow and Censor on the RCPI Council and was appointed Vice President in October 2021. Originally from Kildare, Mary graduated from University College Dublin and completed her training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Ireland, with membership and then fellowships of the RCPI and Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (UK). Following an MSc in University of Oxford she gained further research experience by a MD (Diabetes) from UCD. She gained experience in Maternal Fetal Medicine in Toronto, Canada and returned to Ireland to her current post, as Associate Professor in University College Dublin and a consultant Obstetrician/Gynaecologist in the National Maternity Hospital. As a Principal Investigator in UCD Perinatal Research Centre she has more than 100 publications and supervises PhD, MD, MSc and undergraduate students. Mary was a ministerial appointee to the Slaintecare Medical Advisory Council (2018-2021). She is currently completing a Masters in Medical Education and has a Diploma in Entrepreneurial Education. She is an Associate Fellow AMEE (Association for Medical Education in Europe) and Fellow of the Academy of Medical Educators. Within RCPI, she is Chair of the Examination Board for the MRCPI (O&G) and the Board of the Postgraduate Certificate in Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

Professor Joe Barry

Faculty of Public Health Medicine Representative

Prof Joe Barry is the Faculty of Public Health representative on the Executive Board. Prof Barry qualified in Medicine from University College Cork in 1979 Subsequently he obtained a Masters in Science degree in Community Medicine (now Public Health) from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (University of London) in 1985. He was awarded an MD from Trinity College Dublin in 1996. He retired from his post of Professor of Population Health Medicine at Trinity in September 2019. He was Dean of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland between 1996 and 2002. His main academic interests are in all public health aspects of problem substance use.

Professor Donal Reddan


Professor Donal Reddan is the Treasurer of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. 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 anaemia, CKD associated cardiovascular risk and contrast induced acute kidney injury.

Professor Michael Keane


Professor Michael Keane is Registrar of the College, and an elected Fellow on RCPI Council. Prof Keane is Professor of Medicine and Therapeutics at UCD and Consultant Respiratory Physician at St Vincent’s University Hospital (SVUH). He graduated from UCD in 1989 and following initial clinical training in Dublin, moved to the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor for a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine in 1995. He subsequently took up a faculty position at University of Michigan in 1998 and in 2000 moved to University of California, Los Angeles where he was Professor of Medicine and Programme Director for the UCLA Interstitial Lung Disease Center. Professor Keane returned to UCD and St Vincent's University Hospital in 2007 where he is an SFI Principal Investigator at the UCD Conway Institute and SVUH Lead Clinical Coordinator for Lung Cancer services.  He is Lead Clinical Director, Chairman of the Medicine Division, Chair of the SVUH Medical Executive and a member of the hospital Board of Directors. He is Clinical Director of the UCD Clinical Research Centre and a member of the Molecular Medicine Ireland Board of Directors. His research interests centre on molecular investigation into, and treatment of, inflammatory lung diseases; particularly pulmonary fibrosis.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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