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 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 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.
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. A UCD medical graduate, he is currently Interim Chair of the Irish Committee on Higher Medical Training and works as a Consultant Physician in Geriatric and General Medicine in St Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin. He stepped down from his role as Clinical Lead for the National Clinical Programme for Older People in May 2019. Diarmuid chairs the RCPI Digital Strategy Advisory Group.
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.
Professor Frank Murray is the immediate past President of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland having completed his term of office in 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 in 2014. Prof Murray 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.
Professor John Crowe is a past President of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, having completed his three year term of office in October 2014.He has also served as Censor, Vice President and Treasurer of RCPI until he was elected President in 2011. John Crowe qualified in medicine from University College Dublin and from Trinity College Dublin with a PhD in physiology. His medical training was at the Mater University Hospital Dublin, University College Hospital Galway and then at the Liver Unit Kings College Hospital London. He was appointed consultant gastroenterologist to the Mater University Hospital in 1978 where he worked until 2011 in gastroenterology and as director of the Centre for Liver Disease. He was Honorary Consultant Gastroenterologist to the National Maternity Hospital from 1985 to 2010. He has a Newman Chair from University College Dublin. His research interests are in haemochromatosis and hepatitis C. John Crowe is a past president of the Irish Society of Gastroenterology and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, the American College of Physicians, the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa and the Academies of Medicine of Malaysia and Singapore.
Dr Áine Carroll is an elected Fellow on RCPI Council. Dr 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. She 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 conferences.
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.
Dr Cormac Kennedy was elected Chair of the Trainees' Committee at their Annual General Meeting in June 2018. Dr Kennedy is undertaking Higher Specialist Training in Clinical Pharmacology. Prior to entering medicine, he completed a degree in Pharmacy from Trinity College Dublin, a Higher Diploma in Business Studies from the Michael Smurfit School of Business and PhD from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He has held numerous representative positions including UCD Intern Network Representative, RCPI National Lead Trainee Representative and Vice Chair of the Trainee Committee. He sits on numerous committees within RCPI representing Trainees.
Dr Declan Byrne was elected to Council in October 2017 and will serve a three year term until October 2020. Dr Byrne is a Consultant Physician in General and Geriatric Medicine at St. James’s Hospital, Dublin where he also holds the positions of Director of Postgraduate Education and Clinical Lead for Acute Medicine. He is the RCPI Regional Director for Basic Specialist Training in General Internal Medicine for the St. James’s and Tallaght Hospital hub, and he is a Clinical Senior Lecturer in Medical Gerontology at Trinity College, Dublin. Within RCPI he is a member of both the Examinations and CPD committees. Dr Byrne's clinical and research interests are diverse and reflect his training across general and geriatric medicine, clinical nutrition and dietetics, falls and syncope, and pharmaceutical medicine. He is the current Chairman of the board of directors of the Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute, chairman of the steering committee of the Dementia Services Information and Development Centre, and co-chair of the NCEC sponsored National Hospital Nutrition Guideline Development Group.
Dr Emer Kelly was elected to Council in October 2017 and will serve a three-year term to October 2020. 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 successfully completed the certificate in medical education from the University of Dundee. She has research interest in feedback in medical education and technology enhanced learning. She is also currently a Clinical Lead for Digital Strategy and Innovation in the Royal College of Physicians of 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 Paul Darragh is the Dun’s Librarian at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. Dr 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. His most recent appointment was as a Consultant in Public Health with the Public Health Agency in Northern Ireland., from which he retired in 2016. His research interest is in the organization and development of health services in Ireland.
Dr Rónán Collins was elected to RCPI Council in October 2017 and will serve a three-year term to October 2020. Dr Collins is Director of Stroke Services and Consultant in Geriatric and Stroke Medicine at Tallaght Hospital since 2005. He is also a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and London, and a Fellow of the European stroke Organisation. Dr Collins is a Member of the National Cardiovascular Working Group and Irish Heart Foundation council on stroke and current RCPI incoming National Clinical lead on stroke. Dr Collins special clinical and research interests include stroke, atrial fibrillation and arts in health, reminiscence and telemedicine. He played a role in the introduction of Ireland’s first acute stroke Telemedicine network in Dublin Mid-Leinster (2009), winning a HSE innovation grant & national healthcare Innovation awards in 2011. He is a project lead on the Arts Council & Meath Foundation funded “Stroke - A narrative in contemporary Irish Music and poetry” resulting in the composition “Bewitched” by composer Ian Wilson and anthology “The healing Station” by poet Michael McCarthy. Dr Collins is also Co-Founder of REMPAD project (winner of MED in Ireland and DCU commercialisation award 2013); and is involved in the National PI TICH-2 trial and GLORIA-AF registry.
Dr Seán Armstrong is a Neonatology trainee and Vice-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.
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.
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.
Professor Mary Higgins is a 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 Cathy McHugh was elected to Council in October 2017 and will serve a three-year term to October 2020. Professor Cathy McHugh is a Consultant Endocrinologist, Clinical lead for Diabetes and Endocrinology, and Lead Physician in the Specialist Eating Disorder Unit at Sligo University Hospital. She has a particular interest in education and examinations and is involved in the MRCP part 2 written paper Examination board and also convenor of the MRCP part 2 clinical examination in Sligo. Prof McHugh is the RCPI Regional Lead for Basic Specialist Training in GIM, recently appointed Strand Lead for General Medicine in Undergraduate medicine at the NUIG/Sligo Academy, and is currently the Lead for Postgraduate Education at Sligo University Hospital. Prof McHugh has a keen interest in trainee welfare and is one of the RCPI national mentors for BST trainees. She also has an MBA from the Smurfit Business School, Diploma in Medical Education from Dundee University and was a member of the Irish Hospital Consultants Association National Council (2009-2011).
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 Senior Fellow on RCPI Council. 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.
Professor Francis Finucane was elected to Council in October 2017 and will serve a three-year term to October 2020. Prof Finucane is a consultant endocrinologist at Galway University Hospital and an honorary personal professor in medicine at NUI Galway. He graduated from RCSI in 1998 and completed training in general medicine and endocrinology in Dublin, including a research fellowship at St. James’s Hospital for which he was awarded an MD in 2008. This work investigated cardiovascular and metabolic perturbations in obese Irish children as well as the response to exercise in young type 2 diabetes patients. Thereafter, he completed an MRC-funded four-year post-doctoral fellowship at the Institute of Metabolic Science in Cambridge, UK. Here, he led the first trial to show that aerobic exercise reduces liver fat content in humans. He contributed to genetic epidemiological studies that identified important diabetes risk markers and devised a new method for measuring whole-body insulin sensitivity. Since returning in 2010, Prof Finucane has established a regional bariatric service in the West of Ireland. He is the clinical lead for endocrinology at GUH and the Saolta group and is a member of the National Clinical Advisory Group for Diabetes and the government’s Special Action Group on Obesity. He is a member of several international scientific organisations, has over 50 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.
Professor Michael Keane is a Senior Fellow on RCPI Council. He has also held the positions of Vice-President and elected Fellow on Council over the past number of years. 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.
Gaye Cunnane, PhD, MB, FRCPI, is Director of Health and Wellbeing at RCPI. As Director of Health and Wellbeing, Professor Cunnane is responsible for overseeing initiatives to improve the health and wellbeing of RCPI Trainers and Trainees. She is also a Clinical Professor of Rheumatology and a Consultant Rheumatologist at Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and St James’s Hospital. After graduation from medical school in TCD, she completed her basic clinical training in Medicine and then undertook PhD studies at University College Dublin and St Vincent’s University Hospital, where she investigated serological and tissue prognostic markers in early inflammatory arthritis, in collaboration with universities in Switzerland, (Zurich), The Netherlands (Leiden), the UK (Cambridge) and Sweden (Karolinska, Stockholm). She then completed a 3 year clinical and research Fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco, USA – the focus of her research there was on new treatments for lupus. In 2001, she moved to the UK as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Leeds, and in 2003 returned to Ireland to take up her current post. She was the National Specialty Director for Rheumatology training in Ireland from 2005 – 2012, Programme Director for Basic Specialist Training with RCPI from 2009 – 2017 and is a past President of the Irish Society for Rheumatology. Her recent research interests have focused on lifestyle risks in the rheumatic diseases.
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.
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.
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.
Dr Sinead Murphy is Director of Education and Professional Development of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. Dr Murphy’s primary role is as an educator, and she also holds the position of Director of Paediatric Education at the UCD School of Medicine and Medical Sciences. In this role, Dr Murphy is the lead for teaching, and is responsible for the coordination and delivery of programmes across the two Dublin Children’s Hospitals – Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin, and Children’s University Hospital Temple Street. A Consultant Paediatrician at Temple Street, Dr Murphy 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 received Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland in 2012. Dr Murphy 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. In RCPI, Dr Sinead Murphy is a member of the Policy Group on Obesity. This group has published two reports in recent years which have informed the National Obesity Policy and Action Plan - A Healthy Weight for Ireland, published in 2016.
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.
Professor Colm Bergin is Associate Director for Training Site Accreditation at RCPI. He is also a Fellow and Censor on RCPI Council. 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.
Professor Conor O’Keane is the Director of Quality and Clinical Care in the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. Prof O’Keane has also held the role of Treasurer from 2010 - 2017 and is a past Dean of the Faculty of Pathology. Prof Conor O’Keane is a Consultant Histopathologist, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin and Associate Clinical Professor of Pathology at University College Dublin. He is a 1981 graduate of University College Dublin Medical School. He obtained his pathology training at the Mallory Institute of Pathology/Boston University School of Medicine and subsequently was appointed there on staff from 1991-1993. He was Clinical Director of the Mater Hospital from 2009 to 2014. His major interest is Quality Improvement in Medicine, particularly using Lean methodologies and is an inaugural graduate of the Diploma in Leadership and Quality in Healthcare from RCPI. He was the Mater Clinical Director for Quality and Patient Safety from 2014-2018. He also serves as a Director of Bone Bank at Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital. He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Pathology and is a Fellow of the Faculty of Pathology, RCPI and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (FRCPI). Currently, he is the Chair of the NOCA Governance Board. He has been a Member of the Histopathology Working Group since its establishment in 2009.
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.
Professor Hilary Hoey is an Elected Senior 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).
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.