Council is the governing body of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. It sets our mission, vision and strategic direction and approves general policies.
Council also ensures the accountability of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland by monitoring and supporting the implementation of policies, directives and general functions.
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.
Professor Bergin is a Consultant Physician in Infectious Diseases, St James’s Hospital, Dublin and Professor in Infectious Diseases, Trinity College Dublin. Professor Bergin is the co-NSD for Infectious Diseases, RCPI, Director for the Training Site Accreditation Programme RCPI and the Co-Clinical Lead, National Infectious Diseases Programme, HSE. He was the co-PI of the inaugural HRB-funded Medical Education Research Grant awarded to RCPI and UCC. Prior roles include co-Founding Member and Chair of the Irish Hepatitis C Research Outcomes Network (ICORN); President of the Infectious Diseases Society of Ireland; Vice-President of the RCPI; Dean of Postgraduate Training, RCPI; National Lead, Outpatient Parenteral Antimicrobial Therapy (OPAT) programme, HSE; Clinical Director of the Surgical and Medical Subspecialties Directorate, St. James’s Hospital and Director of the Wellcome/Health Research Board Clinical Research Facility at St. James’s Hospital. Professor Bergin qualified from Trinity College Dublin in 1989.
Dr. Anna Clarke MD, MPH, FFPHMI, FFPH, FRCPI, Diploma in Leadership and Quality in Healthcare. Dr Clarke currently works as a Consultant in Public Health Medicine at the Department of Public Health HSE East in response to the Covid19 surge. Prior to this, she worked in the National Immunisation Office and undertook project work in NDTP until February 2020. She is the Clinical Lead for the International Clinical Fellowship Progarmme, RCPI. She is a member of the Education and Training Committee of the Institute of Medicine and National Immunisation Advisory Committee. A former Dean and NSD of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine, she is a current examiner for the FFPHMI examination. In addition, she is a member of the Education, Training and Professional Development Committee and on the Education and Training General Assessors Panel, Medical Council of Ireland, having previously served as a Member and Vice President. Her main interests are education, training and immunisation.
Professor John Cooke is a full-time Consultant Geriatrician at University Hospital Waterford. He is an honorary Clinical Associate Professor at RCSI and Clinical Senior Lecturer at UCC. John has been an advocate for undergraduate and postgraduate education since his graduation from UCC in 2004. He currently acts as joint NDTP lead for the South/South West Hospital Group. He is a member of the RCPI Specialty Training Committee and Clinical Advisory Group for Geriatric Medicine. John completed his specialty training in Ireland before doing a fellowship in Clinical Gerontology at King’s College Hospital London. He was conferred with a PhD from the University of Limerick in 2015. His research interests focus on cardiovascular ageing and frailty. He supervises a mixture of masters and doctoral students completing research in this field.
Professor Francis Finucane is an elected Fellow on RCPI Council. Prof Finucane is a consultant endocrinologist at Galway University Hospital and an honorary personal professor in medicine at NUI Galway. He graduated from RCSI, then obtained an MD from TCD followed by an MRC-funded post-doctoral fellowship at the Institute of Metabolic Science in Cambridge, UK. His research focuses on how dietary and physical activity behaviours influence health. Since returning in 2010, Prof Finucane has established a regional bariatric service in the West of Ireland. He is a member of several international scientific organisations, has over 70 publications and he peer reviews for several high impact medical journals. He has served on RCPI policy groups on obesity and physical activity and on the RCPI examinations board. He would like to develop the College’s role in defining clinical and public health policies relating to obesity and enhance clinical training in this area.
Dr Blánaid Hayes is a Consultant Occupational Physician and a Senior Fellow on RCPI Council. Her areas of expertise are Doctors’ health and wellbeing, Occupational needle stick injury, and Influenza immunisation in healthcare workers. She is a Past Dean of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine.
Professor Mary Higgins is an elected Fellow and Censor on the RCPI Council. Originally from Kildare, Prof Higgins graduated from University College Dublin in 2000 and completed her training in Obstetrics and Gynecology in Ireland, with membership of the RCPI and Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (UK) in 2005. 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 is a ministerial appointee to the Slaintecare Medical Advisory Council, and an active member of the National Perinatal Morbidity Centre committee on Severe Maternal Morbidity, working groups in the National Women’s Council as well as being an advocate for women’s health. She is currently completing a Masters in Medical Education and a Diploma in Entrepreneurial Education.
Professor Hilary Hoey is an Elected 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. She has been elected as the incoming Vice-President of the EPA (European Paediatric Association).
Professor Michael Keane is an elected Fellow and Censor 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 Emer Kelly is an elected Fellow on RCPI Council. Dr Kelly is a Consultant in Respiratory Medicine in St Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin. She trained in respiratory medicine, critical care and general internal medicine in Ireland before undertaking further training in Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre in Boston, USA in the Harvard Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship. Dr Kelly has a clinical and research interest in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). She has a keen interest in medical education and has a Diploma in Medical Education from the University of Dundee. She has research interests in feedback in medical education and technology enhanced learning and served as the Clinical Lead for Digital Strategy and Innovation in the College. Dr Kelly is currently the incoming E Learning Resources Director of the European Respiratory Society.
Professor Cathy McHugh is an elected Fellow on RCPI Council. Professor McHugh is a Consultant Endocrinologist at Sligo University Hospital. She is a member of the Institute of Medicine Board, chairperson of MRCP part 2 Clinical Examination board. Professor Mc Hugh is the lead for Postgraduate Education and Research in Sligo, undergraduate lead for General Internal medicine for NUIGalway/Sligo students. She is a current national HPRA clinical trials board member (Health Product Research Authority), IHCA National Council member (2009-2011). A native of County Roscommon, she has an MBA from Smurfit Business School, a Diploma Medical Education from the University of Dundee, and MD from the University of Southampton.
Dr Pamela O’Connor is a neonatologist at the Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital, Dublin. An NUIG graduate, she trained in paediatrics in Ireland, followed by fellowship training in perinatal and neonatal medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, USA, returning to a consultant post in 2003 at the Coombe and Crumlin hospitals. As director of neonatology in Crumlin hospital, she further developed services for the neonate with complex medical and surgical needs. Dr O’Connor is FRCPI since 2004, and in 2019, she was elected as a fellow representative on the board of the Faculty of Paediatrics. She is honoured to represent the specialty of paediatrics on the council of the RCPI. She is a director on the board of Helium Arts charity that supports children with chronic medical conditions. She is passionate about improving the health and wellbeing of the youngest and most vulnerable members of our society.
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. He is also a Elected Fellow on RCPI Council and Censor. He works as a Consultant Physician in Geriatric and Stroke Medicine at Tallaght Hospital Dublin and is Professor of Medical Gerontology at Trinity College Dublin.
Mohammed I. Ranavaya, is a Professor of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at the Marshall University School of Medicine in West Virginia, a consulting physician and American board certified in Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Prof. Ranavaya advises the US Federal Government Department of Labor and has been an advisor to several US states on workplace injury issues and disability management. He has served as consultant to multinational insurance companies and businesses, advising them on injury management, rehabilitation, and return to work issues. He has advised multiple national and international governmental departments and agencies, including Worker's Comp and Motor Accident compensation systems and trained personnel in impairment and disability assessment as well as strategies in return to work. Prof. Ranavaya is the section editor and primary author of several chapters of the American Medical Association's Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment (AMA Guides 6th ed) and has authored over 10 chapters in various internationally recognised textbooks on physical medicine and rehab, chronic pain management and disability medicine. He recently authored Physician's Guide to Medico legal Practice published by AMA press.
Dr Yvonne Smyth MB FRCPI MA graduated from NUIG in 1997. She completed her internship and General Professional Training in University Hospital Galway (UHG). Thereafter she worked in Beaumont, Tallaght and Cork University Hospitals before returning to UHG to complete the Cardiology Specialist Registrar training program. She was enrolled in the specialist division of the medical registrar in both Cardiology and General Internal Medicine in 2007. Her particular areas of interest include cardiovascular imaging and heart failure. She undertook a subspecialty fellowship in Cardiovascular Imaging in the Cleveland Clinic USA and achieved level III board certification from the American Society of Echocardiography in 2008 and 2018. In 2013, she took up a joint Cardiology/Acute Medicine consultant post in University Hospital Galway. In 2015 she became Co-Lead for the National Acute Medicine Programme. She has a MA in Healthcare Management, Diploma in Clinical Education and is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland.
Dr John Barragry is a member of Council and represents RCPI on the Board of the Irish Medical Council. A member of Council since 2006, Dr Barragry previously held the roles of Senior Fellow, Censor and Vice-President. Dr John Barragry, a medical graduate of University College Dublin, completed his post-graduate training at the Royal London Hospital. Following this, he was appointed Consultant Physician at King's College Hospital London, where he also held a role as Senior Lecturer in Medicine. He later returned to Dublin and took up a position as Consultant Physician at the Adelaide and Meath Hospital in Tallaght. There, he was successively appointed Director of the Department of Endocrinology and Diabetes, Clinical Director of Medical Services and Lead Clinical Director; before retiring in 2011. Dr Barragry’s clinical specialty interests lie in the field of Endocrinology and Diabetes. He has carried out laboratory and clinical research - particularly in the areas of vitamin D metabolism and thyroid disease, and also published in these and in other areas. In addition to the above clinical and research roles, Dr Barragry is former chairman of the Diabetes Section of the Irish Endocrine Society, and of the Diabetes Service Development Group, and he is the current vice-chairman of the Meath (research) Foundation. He has served on the Boards of Governance of the Adelaide and Meath Hospital and Mount Carmel Hospital, where he has also chaired the Medical Boards as well as numerous Boards' committees. He is a former Medical Director and non-executive director on the Board of BUPA Ireland.
Dr Seán Armstrong is a Neonatology trainee and Chair of the Trainee's Committee. He has sat on Policy and Governance groups within the RCPI, as well as the Trainee Health and Wellbeing Group. He graduated from UCD in 2012 and worked briefly abroad in New Zealand before training in General Paediatrics at both BST and HST level. His interests lie in Improvement Science, Antimicrobial Stewardship and Medical Education.
Dr Sarah Cullivan is an SpR in respiratory medicine and is pursuing a masters in pulmonary hypertension in the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital. She is a member of RCPI's Education and Quality committee and is the Irish Thoracic Society's Educational Officer. She is Vice Chair of the Trainee Committee, and is committed to representing trainees and encouraging high standards of training, inclusion and sustainable practices in our training sites.
Karyn Harty joined Council as a lay member in January 2019. She is a partner at McCann FitzGerald solicitors in Dublin, where she specialises in commercial disputes and is a frequent adviser to commercial and semi-state organisations, working closely with executive and non-executive directors in the context of litigation, investigations and regulatory proceedings. A graduate of Queen’s University, Belfast, Ms Harty was admitted as a solicitor in Belfast in 1997 and joined McCann FitzGerald’s Dublin office in 1998, where she has been a partner since 2005. A CEDR qualified mediator, she is a member of the international working group of the Sedona Conference (WG6) and the Women’s White Collar Defence Association, and is the author of the Law Society of Ireland Civil Litigation Manual Chapter on Discovery and a co-author of the Irish chapters in International Fraud & Asset Tracing, 3rd Edition 2015 and International E-Discovery, 2016.
Feargal O’Rourke was appointed as lay member on Council in October 2017. Mr O’Rourke is Managing Partner of PWC. He was elected to this position in 2015, and will serve a four year term. As Managing Partner, Mr O’Rourke is responsible for the leadership and strategic direction of the firm and its role in PWC’s global network.