Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn

RCSI Council

The governing body of RCSI is its Council, composed of 21 surgeons who are Fellows of the College and are elected by the College's Fellows and Members.

Council meets regularly during the year and meetings are chaired by the President. Council delegates a number of its main functions to various boards and committees. The significant activities of these boards and committees are reported to Council on a regular basis. The following are the current members of our Council:

2018 - 2020 Council

Mr Kenneth Mealy


Mr Kenneth Mealy
Mr Kenneth Mealy is a General Surgeon with a special interest in gastrointestinal (GI) surgery and is based at Wexford General Hospital. Mr Mealy has an active interest in surgical training and held the post of Chairman of the Dublin Region Basic Surgical Training Committee from 2001 until 2006 and has been Chairman of the National Basic Surgical Training Committee since then. He also held the position of President of the Surgical Section of The Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland (RAMI) in 2008.

Professor Patrick Ronan O'Connell

Vice President

Professor Patrick Ronan O'Connell
Professor of Surgery UCD and St Vincent's Hospital (since 2007). Consultant Surgeon Mater Misericordiae Hospital (1990-2007); Royal London Hospital (1989-1990).
Special interests: IBD, pelvic floor physiology and continence. Editor: BJS (1999-2006); Bailey and Love's Short Practice of Surgery (25th ed). NIH Fogarty Scholar (1984); Council of Europe Scholar (1989). Winner: Patey Prize (1985); Freyer Lecturer and Sir Alan Parks' Visiting Professor (2007). Secretary elect: European Society of Coloproctology; Fellow: ASCRS, Society Pelvic Surgeons, European Surgical Association, International Surgical Group.
Professor John Hyland – Vice President Professor John Hyland
Consultant Surgeon (General/Colorectal), St Vincent's University Hospital; Past-President Association of Coloproctology G.B. & I; Regional Director Cancer Services; ECAHB ERHA; Examiner Intercollegiate Fellowship; Chairman Steering Committee South East Dublin Surgery; Council member Irish Society Gastroenterology; Past Chairman HST Committee; Past RCSI rep SAC in General Surgery; Past Chairman BST Committee.
Mr James Geraghty Mr James Geraghty
Consultant General Surgeon Qualifications PhD, MCh, FRCSI; Senior Lecturer in Surgery UCD; James IV Association; Surgeons Travelling Fellows; Millin Lecture, RCSI Travelling Fellow; Ainswoth Fellowship UCC. Chairman, National QA Surgical Committee, Breast Screening; Surgical Representative, National Guidelines Breast Cancer, Secretary, South East Dublin Department Surgery; Chairman Cancer Strategy Committee, Tallaght Hospital.
Mr Paul Burke Professor Paul Burke
Consultant General Surgeon, St John’s Hospital and University Hospital Limerick President, Irish Association of Vascular Surgeons 2013 – 2015; Irish Representative on Council of European Society of Vascular Surgery 2011 – 2014; Director of Reconfiguration of Acute Hospital Services Mid-West Region (2008 – 11); Previous Chairman Medical Board and member of Board of Management of St John’s Hospital.
Mr Joseph O'Beirne Mr Joseph O'Beirne
Consultant Surgeon (Trauma and Orthopaedic), Waterford Regional; Member of Irish and UK AO Faculties; Chairman, Basic Surgical Training Committee 2003 - 2005; Chairman, Hospital Recognition Sub-Committee 1997-2002; RCSI representative, Intercollegiate Committee for Basic Surgical Training; Vice-Dean, South Eastern BST Programme; Appointed Chairman, ATLS 2005, Examiner Basic Surgical Skills; Examiner for MFRCSI; Founder member, Irish Orthopaedic Trainees' Association 1989-91. Council member, Irish Institute of Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery, Previous Chairman of Medical Board, Waterford Regional Hospital (2009 -2013).

Eamon Mackle

Mr Eamon Mackle
Mr David Quinlan

Mr David Quinlan
St Vincent's University Hospital
University College Dublin
RCSI Member of Council

Mr David Quinlan is a Consultant Urologist at St Vincent's University Hospital and Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery, UCD.

Mr Quinlan has previously served as Chairman of the Academic Council RCSI; Past President of the Irish Society of Urology; Past Council Member of the British Association of Urological Surgeons; Past Chairman of the British Journal of Urology International; Past Trustee of The Urology Foundation.

He was also Chairman of the Dublin Region Pre-Fellowship Training Scheme; Director of Training at the Irish Society of Urology; Secretary of the Medical Board at St Vincent's University Hospital Dublin; and Chair of the National Prostate Cancer Tumour Group, The National Cancer Control Programme.

Professor Kevin Conlon Professor Kevin Conlon
General Surgery, Trinity College Dublin/St Vincent's University Hospital/Tallaght Hospital. Member of the General Surgical Subcommittee and Irish Surgical Postgraduate Training Committee, RCSI; Director: Centre for Pancreatocobiliary Diseases, Adelaide and Meath Hospital inc. National Children's Hospital; Head: Department of Surgery, TCD (2006-2009); American College of Surgeons International Relations Committee (2005-2011).
Mr David Moore

Mr David Moore
Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon, Our Lady's Children's Hosptail Crumlin/Tallaght Hospital Dublin, President of the Irish Institute of Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery (2007 - 2013). Member of the RCSI College Board, Chairman of the RCSI Academic Council. Member of the RCSI Finance Committee. Member of the RCSI Medicines and Health Sciences Board. Steering Committee of the Irish National Orthopaedic Register. Joint Clinical Lead in the Trauma and Orthopaedic Clinical Programme. Steering Group for the Prospective Funding. Member of the Joint Committee for Intercollegiate Examinations. Member of the Governing Board of the National Office of Clinical Audit. Member of the Steering Committee of the Irish Hip Fracture Database. 

Professor K. Simon Cross Professor K. Simon Cross
Consultant Surgeon (General), Waterford Regional Hospital SER Postgrad.Vice Dean/Director BST Training 2006-13; Tutor SER RCSI FIRST Programme 2006; Lead MRCSI Examination Waterford 2006-12; SpR Trainee Mentor Examiner for Intercollegiate Specialty Board in General Surgery 2008; Hospital based Director of Core Surgical Training 2014. Chairman SR Group in Surgery 1993-94; SER Representative ISPTC; WRH Representative Gen. Surg. Subcommittee; WRH Representative BST Committee; WRH Representative on Core Surgical Training Committee; RCSI Deputy Representative on Intercollegiate Board in General Surgery; RCSI Representative on Intercollegiate Board in Vascular Surgery.
Dr. Laura Viani

Professor Laura Viani
Consultant Otolaryngologist/Neurotologist
Beaumont Hospital
Temple Street University Children’s Hospital
RCSI Member of Council

Professor Laura Viani is a Consultant Otolaryngologist/Neurotologist in Beaumont Hospital and Temple Street University Children’s Hospital.

She is the Founder and Director of the National Hearing Implant and Hearing Research Centre in Ireland – comprising Beaumont and Temple Street Hospitals, RCSI, and Trinity College Dublin – and established the National Cochlear Implant Programme in 1995.

A graduate of Trinity College Dublin, she pursued her otolaryngology training in Dublin, Manchester, and Liverpool and was awarded a Fellowship of RCSI, where she completed her higher surgical training programme. She also completed fellowships in Neurotology and Skull Base in Zurich and Cambridge, respectively.

Professor Viani is an Honorary Associate Professor of Surgery in RCSI and an Honorary Adjunct Professor in the School of Medicine, Trinity College Dublin. She has held academic appointments as a Visiting Professor in the Cochlear Institute in Sydney and Melbourne (2013), and in Bahrain ENT Department (2014) and has held the title of President of the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland – Otolaryngology section from 2012-2014.

She has been a trainer in otolaryngology for over 20 years and has lectured in Trinity College Dublin and RCSI. She has been a Council Member of RCSI for the past 17 years and is presently a member of the RCSI Court of Examiners. She was past President of the Student Surgical Society, is the current convener of the Section of Otolaryngology at the Charter Day meetings.

Throughout her career, she has received numerous awards including the RAMI registrar prize (1986), the Research Fellowship RCSI (1986), the Augustine Mehigan Scholarship (1992), the TWJ Scholarship (1993), the Angel James first Prize London (2000), and the Graves Lecture Prize (2012).

H Paul Redmond

Professor H. Paul Redmond

Cork University Hospital Group
University College Cork
RCSI Member of Council

Professor H Paul Redmond is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Surgery at UCC and Cork University Hospital Group. His special interest is in Breast, Endocrine and Melanoma Surgery for which he has served as Lead Clinician.

Professor H. Paul Redmond graduated from RCSI in 1983. After undertaking a BSc (1st Class Honours) in Anatomy he completed his surgical training in Dublin. He spent two years working as a Surgical Oncology Research Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. On the basis of this work he was awarded an MCh degree by the NUI.

Professor Redmond returned to Ireland in 1991 and established a research laboratory at Beaumont Hospital, Dublin. He spent a further three years working as a Senior Surgical Registrar before being appointed Senior Lecturer in Surgery in Beaumont Hospital and RCSI in 1995. He was subsequently appointed as Head of the Department of Surgery, Cork University Hospital/University College Cork, Ireland in September 1997.

Professor Redmond has served on numerous national and international bodies including acting as Director of the Scientific Committee for the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland, Membership Director for the Society of Academic and Research Surgery and was Chair of the Irish National Cancer Forum from 2003 – 2006. He has authored/co-authored over 330 research publications, numerous book chapters and two books.

Professor Michael Kerin Professor Michael Kerin
Professor and Head of Department of Surgery, NUI Galway September 2004-; Lead Surgeon Breast Check/General Surgeon Mater Misericordiae/UCD 1999-2004; Senior Lecturer/Consultant Surgeon, University of Hull 1996-1999; FRCSI, FRCS Ed 1988; MB, NUI Galway 1984; Millin Lecturer RCSI 1996; James IV International Traveller 2002; External Reviewer to British Screening Association Surgical Oncology Group 2004; President Society Irish Breast Surgeons 2006; Organiser of several national and international surgical oncology meetings (Nottingham, Freyer, Mater etc); Regional Director of Basic Surgical Training Programme; Represent General Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Academic and Trainees View.


Prof. Thomas H. Lynch

Professor Thomas H. Lynch
Consultant Urological Surgeon
St James’s Hospital
Trinity College, Dublin
RCSI Member of Council

In addition to his special interest in urological oncology, Professor Lynch is the lead urologist in laboratory-based prostate cancer research with multiple publications in this area and has won several grants for laboratory and clinical research.

He has been heavily involved in the development of Irish national guidelines for prostate cancer diagnosis and chaired the expert group for the Department of Health. He also initiated the first rapid access prostate cancer clinic.

He was a member of the expert group for the much acclaimed Irish HTA on robotic prostatectomies. He is also a member of council of The British Association of Urological Surgeons. 

Margaret O'Donnell

Ms Margaret O'Donnell
Consultant in Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery
Blackrock Clinic
St James’s Hospital
RCSI Member of Council

Ms Margaret O'Donnell is a Consultant Plastic Surgeon, based in Blackrock Clinic and St Vincent’s Private Hospital, undertaking both reconstructive and cosmetic surgery.

She was Consultant in St Vincent’s University Hospital and St James’s Hospital, 1998-2008. During that time, she was the Lead Consultant in the National Burns Unit in St James’s Hospital. Since 2008, she has also been a Special Lecturer in Human Factors & Patient Safety in RCSI, and delivers workshops for Medical Protection (MPS) in the UK and Ireland since 2017.

She was President of the Irish Association of Plastic Surgeons 2014-2016, and is on the Advisory Committee for Medical Devices of HPRA.


Ms Camilla MA Carroll
MD, FRCSI, FRCS(OTO), FRCS(ORLHNS), MEdSurgEd Imperial College London (2015 - 2018)
Consultant Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgeon, RVEEH Dublin
National Lead ENT Education in Primary Care
Clinical Senior Lecturer, TCD Medical School
RCSI Member of Council

Ms Camilla Carroll is a Consultant Otolaryngologist Head and Neck Surgeon at the Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital Dublin Ireland.

She is a 1985 honours graduate of the RCSI Medical School and attained the FRCSI in General Surgery in 1989. Ms Carroll then commenced specialist training in Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery in the British Isles with CCST in 1997. Following completion of specialist training, Ms Carroll was appointed as the American Association of Head and Neck Surgery Fellow to the University of Toronto. Ms Carroll is committed to the advancement of surgery through science Her MD research is in tissue transfer angiogenesis and neovascularisation, carried out in the Department of Surgery at the University of Louisville, Kentucky. Currently, Ms Carroll’s research focus is in the area of surgical education, transfer of surgical skills and postgraduate assessment. Ms Carroll is a surgical educator and postgraduate assessor, in the Court of Examiners RCSI, Dublin, Bahrain and Dubai for the MRCSI and the European Boards for Otolaryngology. She is a clinical assessor for the Faculty of Human Factors and Patient Safety and the Undergraduate Medical School RCSI and a Clinical Senior Lecturer TCD medical school.

Ms Carroll was appointed as the National Clinical Lead for ENT Education in Primary Care in 2017. One of the commitments of this programme is to improve patient access to publicly-funded ENT services. Ms Carroll was elected to the RCSI Council in 2016 and is proud to be involved in the College’s mission to train healthcare leaders for the 21st century.

Paddy Kenny

Mr Paddy Kenny
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
Connolly Memorial
Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospitals
RCSI Member of Council

Mr Paddy Kenny specialises in trauma and orthopaedic surgery with a special interest in revision hip surgery and impaction bone grafting techniques. 

He is Joint National Clinical Lead of the Trauma and Orthopaedic Clinical Programme. Mr Kenny is Chairman of the Irish National Orthopaedic Register (INOR) and the Irish Hip Fracture Database (IHFD). He was President of the Irish Institute of Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery from 2013 – 2016 and Honorary Secretary of the IITOS from 2003 – 2011, 2013.

Mr Kenny is also chairman of the Reconstruction and Ongoing Care Subgroup of the National Trauma Steering Committee. He is also a member of the National Office of Clinical Audit (NOCA) Governance Board and member of the Royal College of Surgeon’s Committee for Surgical Affairs. He is a member of the National Committee for the Reconfiguration of Trauma Services.

Ms. Bridget Egan Ms Bridget Egan
Consultant Surgeon (General) The Adelaide and Meath Hospital, Tallaght Secretary General Surgery Subcommittee; Member ATLS Committee; RCSI ATLS Instructor; AMNCH rep National Vascular Training Group; Intercollegiate Membership Examiner ; Intercollegiate Fellowship Examiner (Accepted)
Secretary Irish Association of Vascular Surgeons; IAVS Rep to UEMS Section and Board of Vascular Surgery; Examiner European Board of Vascular Surgery; Reviewer European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
Chair Medical Board AMNCH; Member Steering Group Trinity Health Ireland; Member Executive Trinity Health Ireland.
Ms Deborah McNamara Ms Deborah McNamara
Consultant Surgeon (General/Colorectal), Beaumont Hospital, Programme Director, Higher Surgical Training; Programme in General Surgery, RCSI 2010-2013; Chairman, General Surgery Sub Committee, RCSI 2010 –2013; Secretary, General Surgery Sub Committee, RCSI 2007-2010; RCSI nominee, National Endoscopy Training Group of the Conjoint Board of the RCPI and RCSI 2009 – present Council Member and Irish Chapter Representative, Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland, 2009-present; Secretary, Irish Association of Coloproctology, 2005-2011. 

David Healy

Professor David Healy