Our Dean and Board

Our Dean

As Dean, Dr Ellen Crushell is responsible for overseeing all matters of the Faculty with the support of the Faculty Board and Committees.  She represents the Faculty of Paediatrics on the RCPI Council and on other national and international bodies.

Dr Ellen Crushell

Dean of the Faculty of Paediatrics

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.

Our Board

We are governed by the Board of the Faculty of Paediatrics.

The Board is our ultimate decision-making body and is responsible for ensuring that the aim and functions of the Faculty are fulfilled on behalf of its members.

  • Dr Ellen Crushell, Dean, Forum Representative, and Chair of Clinical Advisory Groups
  • Dr Louise Kyne, Dean-Elect and Chair of Child Protection Peer Review
  • Dr Judith Meehan, Honorary Secretary and Chair of Meetings Committee
  • Dr David Mullane, Honorary Treasurer
  • Dr Joanne Balfe, Elected Fellow Representative
  • Dr Carol Blackburn, Elected Fellow Representative
  • Prof Colin McMahon, Elected Fellow Representative
  • Dr Susan O'Connell, Elected Fellow Representative
  • Dr Pamela O'Connor, Elected Fellow Representative 
  • Prof Clodagh O’Gorman, Elected Fellow Representative
  • Dr Angela O'Leary, Elected Associate Member Representative
  • Dr Ethel Ryan, Elected Fellow Representative
  • Dr Ciara McDonnell, Ex-Officio, Associate Dean of Examinations
  • Dr Anne Marie Murphy, Ex-Officio, Lead NSD for HST General Paediatrics
  • Dr Michael Boyle, Ex-Officio, Lead NSD for HST General Paediatrics, NAG Co-Chair
  • Dr Conor Hensey, Ex-Officio, Lead NSD for BST
  • Dr John Fitzsimons, Ex-Officio, NSD of CPSP
  • Dr Anne Doolan, C0-opted, NAG C0-Chair
  • Dr Paul Gallager, C0-opted, Recruitment & Retention Faculty Representative
  • Prof Hilary Hoey, C0-opted, Professional Competence Lead
  • Dr John Joyce, C0-opted, Trainee Representative
  • Dr Michaela Pentony, C0-opted, Trainee Representative

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Barbara Conneely

Faculties Team Lead

Tel: +353 1 863 9728

Barbara leads a team to support our Faculties and Institutes in advocacy, business planning and corporate governance activities.