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

Core faculty

Professor Arnold Hill, FRCSI

Programme Sponsor
Head of the RCSI School of Medicine
Professor of Surgery Beaumont Hospital

Professor Arnold Hill

Arnold Hill is Professor and Chair of Surgery in the RCSI. He graduated from UCD and did his basic surgical training in Dublin, and his middle grade surgical training in London. He did a basic two-year fellowship with Dr John Daly at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center in the US. He returned to Ireland to do his senior registrar training on the National Training Programme in Ireland.

He also did a clinical fellowship in surgical oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York prior to taking up his consultant appointment. His clinical interests are in the area of breast cancer and melanoma. His laboratory research interests are in the transcriptional control of breast cancer in particular the role of the coregulatory proteins.


Professor Paul O' Neill, FRCSI

Medical Director (PA Programme)
Professor of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery at RCSI

Professor Paul O' Neill

In 2001, James Paul O'Neill graduated from RCSI, winning both the RCSI Council Medal and the Dr Jim Mahon Medal for Medicine. In 2004, he became a Fellow of RCSI. He completed his Doctorate of Medicine and won the Sir Angell James Prize for ENT research in London on thyroid cancer.

In 2006 he studied in the Smurfit Business School at UCD completing an Executive Masters of Business Administration. In 2010 he was awarded his intercollegiate in otolaryngology and also completed a Masters in Medical Education in Queens University Belfast.

In July 2010 he began a surgical fellowship in head and neck surgical oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. It was during his time there that he was introduced to the American Physician Assistant (PA) model and came to appreciate how it might benefit the Irish medical system. In 2015 he was appointed chairman of examinations for the International Federation of Head and Neck Oncologic Societies. He has published research papers, book chapters and a textbook with Elsevier publishers on head and neck disease. His second textbook was published in February 2016.

In 2014 he was appointed Professor of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery at RCSI.


Dr Pauline Joyce, Ed.D, MSc, FFNMRCSI

Senior Lecturer
Academic Director

Pauline Joyce

Pauline Joyce is a Senior Lecturer at the RCSI. She is also Academic Director for the MSc in Physician Associate Studies. Pauline completed a Doctorate in Education in 2010. She is particularly interested in interprofessional education in healthcare. Her teaching interests include leadership, change, professional issues, and evidence-based practice in healthcare. Her research interests include teamworking, leadership and change, action learning and outcomes-based education. Recent publications have included topics on assessment, curriculum planning and effectiveness of teamworking.

Pauline's professional experience started in the nursing profession and following many years in clinical practice and clinical teaching, moved into full-time teaching at third level in 2000 joining the RCSI. During this time she undertook a Fellowship in Nursing and worked in the Institute of Leadership. She moved to the RCSI School of Medicine in February 2015 to work as Academic Director with a particular focus on setting up a programme for PAs. Her other responsibilities include supervision of Masters and PhD studies and external examining to doctorate level.


Steven McMaster, MS, PA-C

Director of Clinical Education

Steven McMaster

Steven McMaster is a United States Certified Physician Assistant (PA-C) who graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Health Sciences, followed by a Masters in PA studies from Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, California.

Since graduating, his clinical background includes cardiothoracic surgery, accident and emergency. He spent the last seven years in interventional radiology where he was responsible for performing image-guided organ biopsies, chest drains, minor surgical procedures and inpatient management. Steven is committed to the PA profession and the development of future PAs, often returning to his Alma Mater to lecture, conduct new student interviews and proctor exams.

While growing up in the US, his family is originally from Ireland. Steven has a passion for this country, its people and their wellbeing. He is excited about the possibilities that lie ahead and is committed to the future development of the PA profession.