Professor Frank Murray is the 141st President of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. His term of office is for a three year period to October 2017. Prof Frank Murray is a Consultant Physician/Gastroenterologist at Beaumont Hospital, Dublin and Associate Professor of Medicine at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Professor Murray graduated from University College Dublin in 1980 and trained in Dublin, Boston USA, and Nottingham, England. He was a Consultant Gastroenterologist in Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Dundee, Scotland. He has been a Fellow of RCPI since 1994 and a member of RCPI Council since 2002, serving as Registrar from 2007 until he took up the office of the President. As President, Prof Murray chairs the RCPI Executive and Council. He is actively involved in many other areas of College activities both within Ireland and internationally, as chair of the RCPI Policy Group on Alcohol and as a member of the RCPI EQUALS Initiative, a group which sources decommissioned medical equipment in Irish hospitals to send to hospitals in less developed countries. Prof Murray is the former chair of both the Basic Specialist Training Committee and the Irish Committee on Higher Medical Training.
Dr John Barragry is a member of Council of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and represents RCPI on the Board of the Irish Medical Council. John Barragry graduated from the National University of Ireland. He is Clinical Director of Medical Services at the Adelaide and Meath Hospital.
Dr Ray Barry is a member of Council and the Dean of the Faculty of Paediatrics, having taken up this role in October 2014. He is the former Vice-Dean of the Faculty and a Consultant Paediatrician in the Mercy University Hospital, Cork.
Professor Colm Bergin is a member of Council of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. 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.
Dr Peter Boylan is Chair of the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. Dr Boylan is a Consultant Obstetrician/Gynaecologist in the National Maternity Hospital. He qualified from UCD 1974 and completed his training in the National Maternity Hospital, Queen Charlotte's Hospital for Women, London, and Chelsea Hospital for Women, London. As Chair, Dr Boylan is responsible for overseeing all matters of the Institute with the support of the Executive Council and all of the Institute Committees. He represents the Institute on the RCPI Council and also on other national and international bodies.
David Byrne is a lay member of Council of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. David Byrne graduated from University College Dublin and King's Inns, Dublin. David Byrne is a senior counsel, former Attorney General of Ireland and former EU Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection. He is Chancellor emeritus of Dublin City University, an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (London) and the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. He is also patron of Health First Europe and is founder member and co-Chair of the European Alliance for Personalised Medicine (EAPM).
Professor Carney is a member of Council and Chair of the Irish Committee on Higher Medical Training. Professor Carney is a Consultant Medical Oncologist in the Mater Hospital and has also previously held the position of National Specialty Director for the speciality of Medical Oncology.
Dr Áine Carroll Studied Medicine in Queens University in Belfast and did a postgraduate MD in Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne. She completed higher specialist training in Rehabilitation Medicine in Newcastle upon Tyne and came to work in Dublin in 2005 and is currently the National Director of Clinical Strategy and Programmes Division of the Health Service Executive, Ireland. Dr. Carroll is a Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine at the National Rehabilitation Hospital and Senior Clinical Lecturer in the University College Dublin. She is past chair of the Medical Board of the National Rehabilitation Hospital and past President of the Irish Association of Rehabilitation Medicine. She is a Junior Fellow on Council and is a previous NSD for Rehabilitation Medicine. Dr. Carroll has published on a wide variety of topics including clinical leadership, life expectancy determination in disability, the use of botulinum toxin in spinal pain, osteoporosis in disability, whiplash injury and has presented at many national and international
Dr Geoffrey Chadwick is a Senior Fellow on Council. Geoffrey Chadwick graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 1978. He trained in general internal medicine and respiratory medicine in Dublin and Oxford. He is Consultant in St. Columcille's Hospital Loughlinstown. His special interests are in medical education and health services management.
Professor Richard Costello is a member of Council as Director of Research at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. Richard Costello graduated 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 John Crowe is the immediate past President of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, having completed his three year term of office in October 2014. Professor Crowe qualified in medicine from University College Dublin and from Trinity College with a PhD in physiology. He was appointed consultant gastroenterologist at the Mater Hospital in 1978 where he worked until 2011 in Gastroenterology and as director of the Centre for Liver Disease. He has a Newman chair from UCD and is a past president of the Irish Society of Gastroenterology. He served as Censor, Vice President and Treasurer of RCPI until he was elected President in 2011.
Dr. Philip Crowley is National Director of Quality Improvement with the HSE since January 2011. Philip is a fellow of the Faculty of Public Health at RCPI. He works in collaboration with the College on quality improvement initiatives. Philip trained in general practice and in public health medicine and has worked with the Institute of Public Health in Ireland, with the Irish College of General Practitioners on refugee and asylum seeker health and as a general practitioner in the North inner city of Dublin. Philip worked for 6 years as Deputy Chief Medical Officer with the Department of Health and Children until taking up his current post. Philip continues to work as a GP part-time in an inner city Dublin practice.
Dr Paul Darragh is the Dun’s Librarian at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. Paul Darragh qualified in medicine from Queen’s University Belfast and has an MD and a PhD from the same institution. He was appointed a Lecturer/Consultant in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health of Queen’s University in 1980. He now works in the Public Health Agency in Northern Ireland and leads the review of learning from serious adverse incidents, commissioning for Older People and Adult Safeguarding. His research has been in the field of Learning Disability and Contagious Psychogenic Illness.
Dr John F. Donohoe is a member of the Council and Past-President of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. He also chairs the Institute of Medicine. John Donohoe graduated from St. Vincent’s University Hospital-University College Dublin Medical School in 1967. He has also been the Director and Senior Consultant Nephrologist - Transplant Physician at the National Renal and Transplant Centre, Beaumont Hospital and Consultant Nephrologist at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital in Dublin. He was also Clinical Lecturer in Nephrology at University College Dublin and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He has had over 80 works published in peer-reviewed journals in the areas of experimental acute renal failure and electrolyte and metabolic disturbances as well as clinical papers. He has contributed book chapters on diverse clinical conditions including acute renal injury, aluminium toxicity and bilateral renal cortical necrosis.
Dr Catherine Fleming is a Censor on the Council of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. Catherine Fleming graduated from University College Dublin in 1990. She is Consultant in Infectious Disease in Galway University Hospital.
Professor Hilary Hoey is the Director of Professional Competence, and a Censor of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. She is a former Dean of the Faculty of Paediatrics and the is the Faculty's Clinical Lead for the Qatar Revalidation Programme. Hilary Hoey graduated from University College Dublin and the University of Dundee. She was awarded an MD Degree at Trinity College Dublin for research on growth in childhood and for the construction of The National Growth Standards for Irish Children. She is a specialist reviewer of many international academic publications and editorial boards and has been External Examiner in Paediatrics at the University of Cambridge, University of Nottingham, the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, University College Dublin, University of Kuwait and the University of Cairo. She is Chairman of Diabetes Ireland, and President-Elect of the European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology.
Dr Mary Holohan is a member of Council and the Dean of Examinations and Chairperson of the Examinations Committee of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. Mary Holohan is a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist at The Rotunda Maternity Hospital, Dublin. Her special interests are post-term pregnancies, urinary incontinence, continuing professional development (CPD) and the medical care of the adult victim of sexual crime. She is on the RCOG curriculum committee for the Advanced Training Skills Module for Forensic Gynaecology.
Dr Mary Horgan President Elect and Director of Development of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. She will take up the role of President of RCPI in October 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.
Dr Hilary Humphreys is Dean of the Faculty of Pathology. He is also a Senior Fellow on Council, and has previously served as Vice President and Censor of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. Hilary Humphreys is Professor of Clinical Microbiology at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and Consultant Microbiologist in Beaumont Hospital, Dublin. Hilary Humphreys has a long standing research interest in hospital infection prevention and control and antibiotic resistance, including MRSA. He has chaired expert groups, including the Strategy for the control of Antimicrobial Resistance in Ireland (SARI) and working parties that have produced guidelines on MRSA in the UK and Ireland. More recently, he has received a major research grant to determine amongst other things the benefits of universal MRSA screening and enhanced environmental decontamination. He is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Hospital Infection and Clinical Microbiology and Infection.
Professor Michael Keane is Vice-President of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. He graduated from UCD in 1989 and is currently Professor of Medicine and Therapeutics at UCD and Consultant Respiratory Physician at St Vincent’s University Hospital. Michael Keane is Chairman of the Medicine Division, Chair of the SVHG 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 interest’s centre on molecular investigation into, and treatment of, inflammatory lung diseases; particularly pulmonary fibrosis.
Prof Elizabeth Keane is a member of Council and the Dean of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine. Prof Keane is a graduate of University College Cork. She was Director of Public Health in HSE South (Cork and Kerry) from 1995 until 2014. She has lectured in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health in University College Cork since 1990 and was appointed Adjunct Professor in 2012. As Dean, she is responsible for overseeing all matters of the Faculty with the support of the Board and the Faculty Committees. She represents the Faculty on RCPI Council and also on other national and international bodies.
Leo Kearns is the Chief Executive Officer of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. He joined us as CEO in 2006, and since then has led a major programme of transformation. Under his leadership, RCPI has adopted a proactive and progressive role in the improvement of patient care in the Irish health system. Leo has played a national leadership role in the development of the National Clinical Programmes, of which there are now over 35. He has also been centrally involved in the development of Clinical Directors within the Irish health sector, and in the introduction of Professional Competence. In addition to his role of CEO of RCPI, Leo served as National Lead for Transformation and Change in the office of the Director General HSE from 2013-2015. He is also Chair of the Strategic Advisory Group for the Implementation of Hospital Groups, a member of the National Patient Safety Advisory Board, the National Clinical Effectiveness Committee, the National Committee on Quality Indicators, and the National Steering Group on Clinical Programmes.
Dr John McDermott is Associate Director of Basic Specialist Training in General Internal Medicine in the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and a Junior Fellow on Council. Dr McDermott graduated from NUI Galway (then UCG) in 1998. He is a Consultant Endocrinologist and Dean of Postgraduate Studies in Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown, and Module Coordinator for the RCSI Graduate Entry Medicine Programme in Connolly Hospital.
Dr Kathleen McGarry is Associate Director of Training Site Accreditation and a Senior Fellow on Council of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. She has previously served as Censor and Vice President. Kathleen McGarry qualified in medicine from University College Dublin in 1972. She is Consultant Physician in Navan Hospital, Co Meath. She has served in various capacities on the Irish Medicines Board and the Irish Heart Foundation where she has been chair of the Council for Women’s Heart Disease and is a current member of the board. She has over thirty international publications and has been involved in the discovery of a new genetic abnormality in an Irish family with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
Dr T. Joseph McKenna is a Co-opted Fellow on Council and Associate Dean of Assessments for Specialist Division of the Register of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. He is also Clinical Lead on the Qatar Revalidation Programme for RCPI. He previously served as Registrar and President of RCPI and was Chairman of the Irish Committee for Higher Medical Training and immediate past Chairman of the Forum of Irish Medical Training Bodies. He practiced as Consultant/Endocrinologist/Diabetologist/General Physician in St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin from l978 to 2007. He continued in private practice until 2012. He serves on Medical Council and Health Service Executive committees. Amongst other posts he has held are President of the Irish Endocrine Society and Chairman, Section of Medicine, Royal Academy of Medicine of Ireland, and he served on the Editorial Boards of The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism(US), The Endocrinologist(US) and Clinical Endocrinology(UK). He has published over 200 scientific papers in national and international scientific journals and co-authored a textbook on Endocrinology and Metabolism.
Dr Sinead Murphy was appointed to the role of Director of Education in 2014. Dr Murphy’s primary role is as an educator and has most recently held the position of Director of Paediatric Education at the UCD School of Medicine and Medical Sciences. Dr Murphy is also a Consultant Paediatrician at Children’s University Hospital, Temple St. She 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 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. Dr Murphy received Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland in 2012.
Professor Conor O’Keane is a member of Council and the Treasurer of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, he is Chair of the RCPI Centre for Leadership and Quality and Leadership in Healthcare and serves as a member of Council. He also chairs a number of Committees of the College including the Investment Committee. He has also served as Dean of the Faculty of Pathology and is a Fellow of the Faculty of Pathology. Conor O’Keane is a Consultant Histopathologist at the Department of Histopathology, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin. He is currently an Associate Clinical Professor of Pathology at University College Dublin, Chairman of the Medical Board, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital and an ex-officio member of that hospital’s Executive Management Committee. He also serves as a Director of Bone Bank at Cappagh Orthopaedic Hospital.
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. Professor O'Neill was elected to the RCPI Council as a Senior Fellow in October 2014 and will serve a two year term. He is a Consultant Physician in Geriatric and Stroke Medicine at Tallaght Hospital Dublin and Professor of Medical Gerontology at Trinity College Dublin.
Professor Anthony O'Regan is Dean of Postgraduate Specialist Training at RCPI. He is a consultant in respiratory and internal medicine in Galway University Hospitals and Professor (personal) of Medicine at the National University of Ireland, Galway. He is Chief Academic Officer for the Saolta University Health Care Group, President of the Irish Thoracic Society. Professor O’Regan graduated from University College Dublin in 1990, completed postgraduate training at the Medical College of Wisconsin and Boston University School of Medicine and served as the first Irish Chief Medical Resident at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, 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 a MD doctorate from UCD in 2003. Prof O'Regan has received research funding from the National Institutes of Health, the American Lung Foundation, and the Irish Lung Foundation. He has over 40 peer reviewed publications. He has received several distinguished teaching awards in USA and Ireland.
Dr Michael O’Connell is an elected Junior Fellow and Censor on the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. He is currently National Specialty Director for Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Chairs the Specialty Training Committee for the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. He sits on the standing executive and examinations committee of IOG and is a member of credentials and examination committee RCPI. He has previously held the role of Vice President of the College, Associate Dean of the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and for IOG convenor of meetings and honorary secretary. Michael O’Connell qualified from University College Cork in 1989. He is a consultant Obstetrician/Gynaecologist in Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital, Dublin. His interests are in high risk pregnancy (infectious disease and addiction) and postgraduate education.
Dr Diarmuid O’Shea is the Registrar of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. On taking up this role 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. Diarmuid is currently Interim Chair of the Irish Committee on Higher Medical Training. Diarmuid O’Shea is a medical graduate of University College Dublin. He is a Consultant of Medicine for the Elderly at St Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and UK.
Dr Donal Reddan is a Junior Fellow on Council. He is also a recent Vice President and Censor of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. Donal Reddan graduated from University College Dublin in 1992. He is a Consultant Nephrologist, General Physician and clinical lecturer at University College Galway Hospital. He is Clinical Director for Medicine for the Galway Roscommon University Hospital (GRUHG) group and regional lead for Nephrology in the west. He has been involved in the design and implementation of a number of pivotal clinical trials, in chronic kidney disease and he has published extensively in the area of CKD associated anemia, CKD associated cardiovascular risk and contrast induced acute kidney injury. He has over 70 peer reviewed publications.
Patricia Rickard-Clarke is a lay member of Council of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. Patricia Rickard-Clarke is a solicitor. In 2012 she retired as a Commissioner of the Law Reform Commission and was the lead Commissioner with regard to the Commission’s work on Vulnerable Adults and the Law (which includes the reform of the law on Capacity). She is Chair of the Law Society’s Mental Health and Capacity Task Force. She is a member of: the Council of the Hospice Foundation and a member of its Think Ahead Project Advisory Group of the Forum on End of Life, the HSE’s National Financial Abuse of Older People Working Group and the User Group of National Centre for the Protection of Older People (NCPOP) at University College Dublin.
Dr Maeve Skelly is a Junior Fellow on Council of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. She is interim Programme Director for BST in the Mid West. Maeve Skelly graduated from University College Dublin in 1989. She is Consultant Gastroenterologist and Physician in Mid Western Regional hospital Limerick. She is Clinical Lead for Endoscopy in the Mid West and a member of the Clinical Programme for Quality in Endoscopy. She is a board member and Treasurer of the Irish Society of Gastroenterology.
Dr Declan Whelan is a member of Council and the Dean of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. As Dean, he is responsible for supervising all matters of the Faculty with the help of the Board and the Faculty Committees. He has experience of a wide range of Faculty activities and has previously held the positions of Treasurer and Vice Dean of the Faculty. Dr Whelan’s main area of interest is in the interface between Traffic Medicine and Occupational Medicine. As chairman of the multidisciplinary RCPI Working Group in Traffic Medicine he oversaw the publication of the Medical Fitness to Drive Guidelines, for Healthcare Professionals, a collaborative project between the Road Safety Authority of Ireland and the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. Currently Dr Whelan is the Chief Medical Officer to the C.I.E. Group, the National Transport Company of Ireland. This role involves the provision of a comprehensive Occupational Health Service to some 11,000 employees. He has also held the position of Secretary to the International Union of Railway Medical Services (U.I.M.C.) based in Paris. Dr Whelan is a member of the International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH) and is currently a member of the ICOH Congress 2018 organising committee which will bring some 4,000 delegates and accompanying persons to Dublin in 2018 for an International Congress on Occupational Medicine and allied disciplines.
Dr Barry White is a member of Council and Director of Quality and Clinical Care at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. He graduated from University College Dublin and is currently Consultant Haematologist and National Haemophilia Director at St James’s Hospital. He is widely published with over 50 peer reviewed publications.