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 is the President of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. She took up office as the 142nd President in October 2017 and was re-elected for a second three-year term in October 2020. She is the first woman President in our 360 year history. Professor Horgan is a Consultant in infectious diseases with Cork University Hospital and Professor, School of Medicine, University College Cork. She is the Chair of National Research Ethics Committee and is a board member of the Health Products Regulatory Authority, Irish Blood Transfusion Service, University College Cork Governing Body, the Cork University Hospital Scientific Advisory Committee, and European Society of Clin Micro & Infectious Disease . She is a Committee Advisor on Return to Sports COVID-19, World Rugby and GAA. Originally from Kerry, Professor Horgan graduated from University College Dublin in 1986. She was awarded her MD in 1995, MRCPI in 1988 and FRCPI in 1997.
Professor Rónán Collins is an elected Fellow on RCPI Council and was appointed Vice President and Censor in October 2020. He is a Consultant in geriatric and stroke medicine at Tallaght University Hospital, Clinical Associate Professor at Trinity College Dublin and current National Clinical lead for stroke. He is a Fellow of RCPI and RCP London, and a Fellow of the European Stroke Organisation. Professor Collins was a Member of the National Cardiovascular Working Group on ‘The Changing Cardiovascular Health’ strategy and the Irish Heart Foundation Council on stroke. He is currently on the board of Directors of SAGE advocacy and the Institute of Medicine at the RCPI. His research interests include stroke, atrial fibrillation and arts in health, reminiscence and telemedicine.
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.
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. 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. 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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.