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

RCSI Council

The governing body of RCSI is its Council, composed of twenty-one 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:

2012 – 2014 Council


Professor Patrick J. Broe - President

Consultant Surgeon (General & Upper G.I. Surgeon), Beaumont Hospital 1986
Lead Clinical Director, Beaumont Hospital, June 2010-2012
Medical Board, Beaumont Hospital and Surgical Division Beaumont Hospital

Past Member of Council of Association of Surgeons GB& I
Past Chairman, College Committee RCSI
Past President, Surgical Section, RAMI
Past Chair of Clinical Governance, Beaumont Hospital
CME Committee RCSI

Millin Lecturer 1985
Fellow, Johns Hopkins Hospital 1979-81

Declan Magee

Mr. Declan J. Magee - Vice President
Consultant Surgeon (Gen) Blackrock Clinic,(late St Columcille's Hospital); Member of Council RCSI,1993 to date.

Recent: Chairman, Finance C/T RCSI; Chairman, RCSI OUTREACH, C/T for Intl' Cooperation. Previous: Chairman, Irish Surgical Postgraduate Training C/T; RCSI rep, SAC in General Surgery; Member Performance in Practice C/T, Medical Council. Past: Examiner Part B Fellowship; Chairman, Sen. Reg. Group; Council, Surgical Section RAMI; 'Kennedy' Dublin Hospital Initiative Group

Frank McManus
Mr. Frank McManus
1978-1990 Postgraduate Director, Irish Institute of Orthopaedic Surgeons; 1987-1992 Intercollegiate Board; 1989-95 Chairman Cappagh Medical Board; 1994-97 Chairman Division of Surgery Mater Hospital; 1997 Chairman, Medical Board Mater Hospital; Member Executive Irish Institute of Orthopaedic Surgeons; Past President Irish Orthopaedic Association.  
Freddie Wood
Professor A.E. (Freddie) Wood
Consultant (Cardiothoracic), Royal Victoria Hospital, NI; Director Professor Eoin O'Malley National Centre for Cardiothoracic Surgery; Director Heart/Lung Transplantation Programme; Irish Surgical Postgraduate Training Committee; ICB Cardiothoracic Surgery; Surgical Training & Education; Member Medicine and Health Sciences Board,2010-'12,Member Academic Council 2010-'12,Chair of Finance Committee,2008-'10;Chair of Governance,2008-'10;Member Governance Committee,2010-'12,Council Advisor on Governance 2006-'08.
Prof. Tanner 
Professor W. Arthur Tanner
Presently Medical Director, Leinster Rugby; General/Upper GI surgeon (Retired). Previously served on Council of RCSI from 1986-2001 and during this time chaired the College Committee and the Intercollegiate Committee for Basic Surgical Training & Exams. Served as a member of the Medical Council. Previously held position of Director of Surgical Affairs, RCSI.
John Hyland 
Professor John Hyland
Consultant Surgeon (General / Colorectal), St. Vincent's UniversityHospital ; 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


Parnell Keeling

Mr. Parnell Keeling
Consultant General Surgeon, Bon Secours Hospital. Fellow American College of Surgeons. Clinical & Research Fellow Johns Hopkins '77 to '79. Member Finance C/T RCSI. Chairman House & Property C/T RCSI. Member Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences Board RCSI. Member Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery RCSI. Faculty Surgical Skills Courses. Intern Co-Ordinator Connolly Hospital. Participating in the Graduate Entry Programme at Connolly Hospital. Past President Surgical Section Academy of Medicine. Past President Association of Graduates RCSI.

Tom Gorey
Professor Thomas F. Gorey
Consultant Surgeon (General), Mater Hospital; FRCSI 1978, MCh 1980, FACS 2000, Associate Professor UCD; Fellow The Johns Hopkins ‘79/'80; 7thMillin Lecturer RCSI; Moynihan Fellow ASGBI ‘84/'85; St. Lukes Lecturer '95; Freyer Lecturer ‘99; College C/T 1995 to 03; Chair CPCPD '97-'00; Chair Overseas Fellows C/T '97-01; past Member Ophthalmology and ENT C/Ts, Member and Examiner Intercollegiate Board (Gen Surg) '98-'02; Faculty Surgical Skills Courses; Lecturer & Examiner FRCSI (A & B) Dublin & Jeddah 1980-'90; Editor IJMS 1990-'00; Council Surgical Section RAMI 96 to date; Treasurer Irish Soc. Surgical Oncology.  
Mr O'Malley
Mr. Michael Kevin O'Malley
Consultant Surgeon (Vascular), Mater Hospital; Current President IAVS; Previously Senior Lecturer/Consultant Charing Cross Hospital, London 1989-92; Council member European Society for Vascular Surgery; Chairman, Organising Committee ESVS, Dublin 2003;
Chairman, Mater Hospital Medical Board; Member of National Blood Users Group; Millin Lecturer 1987.  

Professor Eilis McGovern
Immediate Past President, RCSI; Consultant Surgeon (Cardiothoracic), St. James's Hospital; Member of Comhairle na n-Ospidéal; Clinical Professor TCD; Medical School Medical Education & Training subgroup/Taskforce on Medial Staffing; Chairman, Medical Faculty Board, RCSI; member, International Women's Forum (Ireland); former member, Postgraduate Medical & Dental Board; Intercollegiate Board; National Blood Users Group.

Joe O'Beirne

Mr. Joe O'Beirne
Consultant Surgeon (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  

Professor P. 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.  


Mr. Michael E. O'Sullivan
Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery, University Hospital Galway / Merlin Park Hospital. Irish Institute of Trauma/Orthopaedics Council Member; Irish Intercolllegiate representative to exam board for Trauma and Orthopaedics (2008-2013); Examiner, Intercolllegiate board for Trauma and Orthopaedics (2001-2013); Secretary: Irish Hand Surgery Society (2004-2007).

Mr. David Moore
Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery, Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin/Tallaght Hospital; Member of the Trainers' Committee of the Irish Institute of Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery; Member of the HSE Steering group for Prospective Funding; President of Irish Institute of Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery (2007-2013); Joint Clinical Lead in Orthopaedic Clinical programme.


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).

Kenneth Mealy
Mr. Kenneth Mealy
Mr. Kenneth Mealy has been elected as Council Member of RCSI. Mr. 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.
Ms. Laura Viani
Consultant Surgeon (Otolaryngology), Beaumont Hospital and Temple Street Hospital; Director of Cochlear Implant Programme; Member of European and British Cochlear Implant Groups, Past member of Comhairle na nOspideal; past member Honorary Secretary, Medical Board, Beaumont; Higher Surgical Training Committee-Otolaryngology; Member, Finance Committee & Council, RCSI.
Michael Kerin
Professor Michael J. 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 & International Surgical Oncology Meetings (Nottingham, Freyer, Mater etc); Regional Director of Basic Surgical Training Programme; Represent General Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Academic and Trainees View.  


F Keane

Professor Frank Keane 
Past President RCSI 2008-2010. Retired Consultant Surgeon (General / Colorectal), The Adelaide & Meath Hospital Incorporating the National Children's Hospital, Tallaght; Previous: Secretary Surgical Section RAMI; Editorial Board and Trustee BJS; Council ASGBI; Chair of Irish Society of Coloproctology; Chair of ‘ BeST' Editorial Board; Vice-chair James IV Association of Surgeons; Chair of College Committee RCSI; Chair of National Surgical Training Centre Working Party; Chair Joint Surgical Colleges Committee; Intercollegiate Examiner; Intercollegiate Committee for Basic Surgical Examinations.

Current: Joint Lead RCSI/HSE Surgery Programme; Chair Forum of Irish Postgraduate Training Bodies.

Michael Earley
Professor Michael J. Earley
Consultant Plastic Surgeon at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital and the Children's University Hospital, Temple Street. Past President of British Association of Plastic Surgeons; Past President of Craniofacial Society of Great Britain and Ireland; Past President of the U.E.M.S. section of Plastic Surgery; Irish Chairman of the N.G.O. ‘Operation Smile' for the treatment of cleft lip and palate.
K Synnott

Mr. Keith Synnott
Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital. Programme Director: HST in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery; Examiner: Intercollegiate board for Trauma and Orthopaedics; Director of National Spinal Injuries Unit, Mater Hospital; Council Member of Irish Institute of Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeons; Trustee: Irish Orthopaedic Haiti Fund.