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Department of General Practice staff profiles

Head of Department Professor of Primary Care Medicine Professor of General Practice Associate Professor in Medical Ethics/Programme Director MSc in Healthcare Ethics and Law General Practitioner/Part-time Lecturer Department Administrators (


HRB Centre for Primary Care Research

Programme Leader & Senior Research Fellow Programme Administrator Postdoctoral Researchers/Clinical Researchers


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Dr Emma Barry

Emma Barry

General Practitioner /Part-time Lecturer

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Emma Barry graduated in Medicine in 2005 from UCD. She subsequently completed vocational GP training programme in the UCD/East Coast HSE training scheme in 2010. She is now working part-time in general practice in North Co. Dublin.

Currently she teaches clinical competencies to Junior Cycle and Senior Cycle students. Emma has undertaken a systematic review of the Timed Up and Go test to predict falls in the elderly under the supervision of Dr Rose Galvin. She is currently undertaking an MSc by research on potentially inappropriate prescribing in children under supervision of Prof. Susan Smith.


Dr Sarah Callaghan MB, BCh, BAO (Hons), MICGP, MRCPI, CCFP

Sarah Callaghan


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Dr Sarah Callaghan graduated from NUI, Galway in 2002 and completed her postgraduate GP training with the Western Training Scheme in General Practice in 2010.

She worked in the Student Health Unit at NUI, Galway, before moving to Canada, where she worked as a Family Physician at St Michael's Academic Family Health Team in Toronto, and a Lecturer in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at University of Toronto.

She joined the RCSI as a lecturer in the Department of General Practice in 2016.


Derek Corrigan Msc (Hons)

Research Fellow

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Derek Corrigan

Derek joined the HRB Centre in May 2010. He graduated with a BSc (Hons) in 1992 in Computer Science from University College Dublin. Since then he has built up extensive commercial experience having worked as a software engineer for a number of well-known companies including Price Waterhouse, Electronic Data Systems (EDS) and Microsoft. His project work has included all aspects of management, design, development, implementation and support of complex I.T. systems in the areas of finance, services and pharmaceuticals.

Derek completed a Masters (with distinction) in Health Informatics in Trinity College Dublin in 2010. Derek has gained technical experience in the areas of Microsoft.NET development, database design, financial budgeting/planning, business intelligence, data warehousing and reporting. He completed his Masters thesis on applying OpenEHR based software design principles to Cystic Fibrosis patient data. He is a member of the Health Informatics Society of Ireland (HISI) and was awarded best paper at the HISI 2010 conference for his paper on applying OpenEHR to Cystic Fibrosis patient data.


Dr Barbara Clyne, BSocC, MSocSC, PhD

Postdoctoral Researcher & Honorary Lecturer

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Barbara Clyne

Barbara has a Bachelor of Social Science and a Masters in the Sociology of Health and Illness, both from University College Dublin. In 2014, she completed a HRB funded PHD in Health Services Research (now HRB SPHeRe) entitled "Effectiveness of medicines review with web-based pharmaceutical treatment algorithms in reducing potentially inappropriate prescribing in older people in primary care: a cluster randomised trial (OPTI-SCRIPT study)". Barbara's research interests include the design and conduct of randomised controlled trials, older people and ageing, appropriate prescribing and systematic reviews.

As a former research assistant in the Health Research and Information Division in the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), she has experience in the data processing and analysis of two national health data sets, the Hospital Inpatient Enquiry (HIPE) and the National Perinatal Reporting System (NPRS). Barbara is currently involved in teaching research methods modules on the Short Course in Health Research Methods and is involved in the supervision of research interns and summer students at the HRB Centre for Primary Care Research.


Dr Muireann de Paor MB BCh BAO, BMedSc, MICGP, DOWH, DMSM Muireann De Paor

General Practitioner /Part-time Lecturer

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Muireann de Paor graduated from UCC in 2005 and completed GP vocational training with the Naas/Mid-Leinster GP training scheme in 2011. She works part-time as a locum GP in Dublin, part-time in the Department of General Practice RCSI as a lecturer and part-time as a research fellow.

Muireann completed her undergraduate thesis in the epidemiology department in UCC. It was a qualitative analysis of media attitudes of obesity, comparing a broadsheet to a tabloid newspaper. In her final year of general practice training, Muireann examined the current practice of prescription of oral nutritional supplements to patients in a private nursing home, and implemented a new practice policy on the basis of this research. Also during general practice training, Muireann conducted a GP questionnaire study of the six week maternal post natal check, examining current practice, along with any barriers to carrying out a complete check. She is currently undertaking a Cochrane review: ‘Antivirals for Infectious Mononucleosis'.


Paul Dillon BSc (Pharm), MPharm, MPSI

Paul Dillon

Clinical Researcher

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Paul is a qualified pharmacist having completed both his bachelor's and master's degree at RCSI. Following the completion of his studies he has worked in various roles including community retail pharmacy and in European medicines regulatory agencies including the Irish Medicines Board (IMB), European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the Direction Européene de la qualité de médicament et soins de santé (EDQM).

Paul currently works three days a week at the HRB Centre and two days a week in retail pharmacy. Paul's research topic is maternity safe prescribing using the Irish Primary Care Research Network (IPCRN).


Dr Sumi Dunne BSc (Hons), BM, MICGP


General Practitioner/ Part-time Lecturer

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Dr Mousumi (Sumi) Dunne graduated from the University of Southampton Medical School, UK, Graduate Entry Programme in 1997. She completed the RCSI GP training scheme, being awarded membership of the Irish College of General Practitioners in 2005. She has been a General Practitioner in the Laois/Kildare areas since 2005.

Since 2011, Sumi has been the Primary Care Representative for the National Breastfeeding Implementation Strategy Committee. In August 2016 she completed a MSc in Leadership in Health Professions Education at the Institute of Leadership, RCSI.


Dr Seamus Duffy BComm, MB, MCh, BAO, LRCPSI Seamus Duffy


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Dr Seamus Duffy graduated from RCSI in 2005 and completed his postgraduate GP training with the TCD/ HSE Specialist Training Programme in Scheme in General Practice in 2010. He was awarded a Diploma of the Royal College Obstetricians & Gynaecologists in 2007 and a Diploma in Child Health in 2008 conjointly by RCPI and RCSI.

Seamus has returned to Dublin in 2016 after living and working in Sydney Australis for nearly six years. He is a Member of the Irish College of General Practitioners and a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. In 2013 he was awarded a Diploma in Dermatology delivered by the Australian Institute of Dermatology. He has a special interest in Sexual Health Medicine and has worked at the Community Sexual Health Clinic, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney where he was an S100 and PrEP prescriber. His research interests include Primary Care Management of HIV and The Use of PrEP in Ireland. He has a keen interest in teaching and prior to joining RCSI, was working as a Senior Lecturer in Medicine at the University of Notre Dame, Sydney Australia.


Susan Dunne Dip, Adv.Dip (Project Management) Susan Dunne

Departmental Administrator

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Susan is the departmental secretary for Department of General Practice, responsible for administration and secretarial duties across teaching and exams within the department.


Professor Tom Fahey BAO, BCh, MB, DCH, DO, MRCGP,MSc, MFPH, MD, FRCGP

Head of Department and Principal Investigator

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Tom Fahey Tom Fahey is Professor of General Practice in RCSI and is Principal Investigator for the HRB CPCR. He graduated in Medicine from University College Dublin (UCD) in 1986 and subsequently trained in General Practice and Public Health Medicine. Prior to joining RCSI he held the following posts; Professor of Primary Care Medicine, University of Dundee (2002-2006), Senior Lecturer in Primary Health Care, University of Bristol (1995-2002) and Honorary Lecturer in Public Health (University of Oxford, (1992-5).

Prof. Fahey has over 20 years of experience in clinical general practice which includes working as a GP in Oxford, Bristol, Dundee and Dublin. He is a member of the Advisory Committee for Human Medicines, Irish Medicines Board and the Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP). He combines clinical work with teaching and research, and continues to see patients at Belgrave Clinic, Dublin. Prof Fahey has a longstanding interest in applied Clinical Epidemiology or Evidence-Based Medicine. The CPCR research programme reflects a programme of activity that encompasses appropriate prescribing to vulnerable patient groups, evidence-based diagnosis and implementation of research with the use of computer-based Clinical Decision Support Systems (CDSSs). Prof Fahey has been awarded over 50 peer-review research grants (grant income as principal or senior investigator is €5,962,205 and €5,679,737 as a collaborator).


Laura Hayes BA, MA

Departmental Administrator

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Laura graduated in 2009 from the University of Limerick with a BA in Public Administration and Management and in 2010 with an MA in European Integration. Laura joined RCSI in November 2012. She is the course coordinator for the MSc Healthcare Ethics & Law.

Laura is also responsible for administrative duties for junior cycle & senior cycle teaching in the department of general practice and the Practical Course in Health Research Methods which are run throughout the year.


Dr Cliona Lewis BSc (Hons), MB, BCh, BAO (Hons), LRCPI, SI MRCGP


General Practitioner /Part-time Lecturer

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Cliona Lewis is a part-time clinical lecturer in General Practice, and is responsible for the evidence-based medicine module for Senior Cycle students in their General Practice rotation. She is a member of the RCSI Research Ethics Committee.


Dr Caroline McCarthy MB BCh BAO MICGP

Caroline McCarthy

General Practitioner /Part-time Lecturer

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Caroline graduated from Trinity College in 2009. She completed her intern year in St James' Hospital and then went on to train as a GP with the North Eastern Regional General Practice Training Scheme. She completed her postgraduate training in 2015, having taken some time out to have her children. Caroline is currently working part time as a GP in Co. Meath.

She joined the HRB centre for primary care research in 2016 and is undertaking an MD looking at medicines management in multimorbidity. She is also a clinical competencies tutor for junior cycle medical students.


Ms Gina Menzies BA (MOD), HDipEd, BD, MSc (Healthcare Ethics & Law)


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Gina has been a part-time lecturer in Bioethics at RCSI since 2006. She studied Modern Languages at Trinity College Dublin and has a degree in Theology & Philosophy from The Milltown Institute. In 2006 she was awarded an MSc in Healthcare Ethics & Law by RCSI. She teaches on the undergraduate & graduate programmes in Bioethics at RCSI and has taught on the MSc programme in Bahrain.

She is also a dissertation director for the MSc Healthcare Ethics & Law programme. Gina is a member of many committees including the Irish College of General Practitioners Research Ethics Committee and was previously a member of the General Practices Committee in UCD. She served on the Higher Education Authority for five years and is currently the director of the National Concert Hall. She is a board member of the Motor Neurone Research Foundation. Her research interests are in Bioethics Education & Medical Humanities.



Mark Murphy

General Practitioner /Part-time Lecturer

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Mark is a part-time lecturer in general practice and has recently commenced the HRB SPHeRE PhD Programme. He qualified from UCD in 2005. He works part time as a General Practitioner in Dublin, having completed his postgraduate general practice training with the Sligo Specialist Training Scheme in General Practice in 2013.

Prior to this he worked in hospital medicine for four years. He completed his Basic Medical Training in the Mater Misercordiae University Hospital and in 2006 he worked in Christchurch Public Hospital, New Zealand. 


Norah Murphy BSC, MPH

Research Assistant & Interim Coordinator of the Masters of Surgery

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Norah obtained a BSc International Development & Food Policy and a Masters in Public Health both from University College Cork (UCC). Prior to taking up a research assistant position in the HRB Centre for Primary Care Research Norah held a research and administration position in the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA).

Working in the Health Information directorate of HIQA, Norah worked on international reviews which included approaches other countries have taken to integrate national health and social care data collections and approaches other jurisdictions have taken in collecting and coordinating patient safety intelligence, specifically adverse event data. Prior to working in HIQA, Norah held positions in Plan Ireland, an international child rights organisation, providing porject support in their offices in Dublin & Burkino Faso.


Dr Emer O'Brien MB, BCh, BAO, DRCOG, BSc (Pharamacology), MICGP

General Practitioner /Part-time Lecturer

Emer O'Brien

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Emer is a part-time clinical lecturer in General Practice. Her main responsibilities are as module co-ordinator for Junior Cycle Clinical Competencies amd Senior Cycle Clinical Skills teaching. She has recently commenced a Masters programme in Medical Education through the University of Dundee.

Emer graduated from University College Dublin in 1993 with a BSc in Pharmacology and went on to complete her medical degree in Trinity College Dublin graduating in 1999. She worked in Obstetrics and Gynaecology before completing her GP training with the HSE Dublin Mid-Leinster/UCS GP training schemes. She has worked as a locum GP in South Dublin/North Wicklow area.


Linda O'Connor BSc, MPH

HRB Centre Programme Administrator

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Linda graduated from UCC in 2008 with a BSc in Nutritional Sciences. In 2009, Linda completed her Masters in Public Health. Linda is currently working as the Programme Administrator for the HRB Centre for Primary Care.

Linda previously worked for the Health Research Board from 2014-2015 on the National Drug Treatment Reporting System (NDTRS) as a Data Management Analyst. Prior to the HRB, Linda worked in the Department of Epidemiology & Public Health in UCC from 2010-2014 working as a research assistant on the Cork & Kerry Health Disease and Diabetes Study - Mitchelstown Cohort and the Cork Children's Lifestyle study (CCLaS). She also coordinated the Masters in Public Health for over two years.


Dr Alan O'Donohoe MB, BAO, BCh, BA, MRCPsych, MRCGP

General Practitioner /Part-time Lecturer


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Dr Noreen O'Carroll, MA, HDip E, PhD, DPMSA


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Noreen is a part-time lecturer in healthcare ethics at RCSI, teaching on the Ph.D. programme, the Masters in Surgery (MCh), the Masters in Healthcare Ethics and Law (MSc) and on the undergraduate programme across the senior cycle rotations.

She graduated in philosophy from University College Dublin (Ph.D. 1991) and in healthcare ethics and philosophy of medicine from the Society of Apothecaries, London (DMPSA 2012). She was a visiting lecturer at RCSI Medical University of Bahrain for three years on the MSc Healthcare Ethics and Law programme and was a co-leader of the healthcare ethics workshops in Salmaniya Medical Complex and the Bahrain Defence Force Military Hospital. Previous posts include lecturing in philosophy at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth and the Milltown Institute of Theology & Philosophy.

Her research interests include human rights and healthcare research integrity; methodologies for acquiring ethical reasoning skills; conscientious objection in medicine; and the conceptual and ethical issues surrounding the language of personhood in bioethics. Noreen is a member of the Royal Irish Academy's Ethical, Political, Legal & Philosophical Studies Committee.


Dr Ronald McDowell, BSc, BD, MSc, PhD, GradStat, AFHEA, CAPM

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Biostatistics

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Ron Ronald obtained his BSc in Mathematics and Statistics from Edinburgh University in 1993. After working in the community sector for a number of years he returned to study, obtaining his MSc in Medical Statistics from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2010 and his PhD in Psychiatric Epidemiology from the University of Ulster in 2014. His thesis was entitled 'An examination of mood and anxiety disorders over the adult lifespan using multiple group methods: the EU-WMH project'.

Ron's substantive interests include the study of mental health and mental illness, ageing, and cross-national research. He is interested in the analysis of both observational and trial data and in particular the use of structural equation modelling as a framework for the analysis of observed and latent variables.


Frank Moriarty BSc (Pharm), MPharm, MPSI

Postdoctoral Researcher


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Frank qualified as a pharmacist in 2011 having obtained a Bachelor of Science (Pharmacy) from Trinity College Dublin and a Masters of Pharmacy from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He is undertaking a PhD as part of the HRB Scholars Programme in Health Services Research.

Prior to commencing his PhD, Frank worked in community pharmacy. His doctoral research is focused on potentially inappropriate prescribing and its clinical and economic impact and he is also involved in other medicine-related research projects at the centre. Prior research experience includes pharmacy-based smoking cessation programmes and organisational change management applied to pharmacist vaccination service training.


Dr Patrick Redmond MB BCh BAO (Hons) NUI, MRCPI, MICGP, LFOM

Clinical Research Fellow/ Part time Lecturer

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Dr Patrick Redmond is a lecturer to the Senior Cycle 1 undergraduate medical students within the Department of General Practice. He is originally an RCSI graduate and completed his GP vocational training with the TCD/HSE GP trainign scheme. Patrick is currently undertaking a PhD as part of the HRB PhD Scholars Programme in Health Services Research while continuing to work as a GP in Dublin.

Patrick's research topic is entitled 'Interventions to improve medication reconciliation across transitions of care'. This systematic review will form an important component of Patricks broader thesis looking at medication management, specifically inappropriate prescribing and medicines reconciliation at the primary-secondary interface. Specific aims include developing and evaluating a primary care based electronic medication reconciliation intervention.


Professor David Smith, MSc, BPhil, BD, MA, STL, STD

Associate Professor of Health Care Ethics

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DavidSmithDavid Smith is Associate Professor of Health Care Ethics in RCSI and Director of the MSc in Health Care Ethics and Law in RCSI and RCSI-MUB Bahrain. He lectures on Health Care Ethics in Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and Hibernia College.

He is an Ethics Consultant to a number of Healthcare Systems in Ireland. He was a member of the Irish Council for Bioethics. He is currently a member of the National Advisory Committee on Bioethics Ethics, the National Council of the Forum on End of Life in Ireland, the Ethics Working Group of the Irish Association of Palliative Care Consultants, the advisory committee on Research Ethics Committees in Ireland established by HIQA. The Ethics Working Party of the European Forum for Good Clinical Practice, the European Network for Research Ethics Committees (EUREC) and ethical advisor to Atomium Culture. He is also a member of a number of Research Ethics Committees in Ireland.


Professor Susan Smith MD, MSc, MB BCh BAO, DCH, MRCPI, MRCG

Professor of Primary Care Medicine & Principal Investigator

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Professor Susan Smith is Associate Professor in the Department of General Practice at RCSI since March 2011. She also works as a General Practitioner at Inchicore Medical Centre in Dublin 8. Her main research interest relates to the primary care of patients with chronic conditions including diabetes and cardiovascular disease. More recently her research has focused on improving outcomes for patients with mutiple chronic conditions or multimorbidity. She has been the lead investigator on several HRB funded randomised controlled trials based in Irish general practice.

She is a member of the Steering Committee of the HRB Centre for Primary Care Research and is an active author and editor with the Cochrane Collaboration.


Dr Ellen Stuart MB, BCH, BAO, BSc (Physiotherapy), MICGP, DME, DipWH, Grad Dip Clinical Education, Grad Cert Palliative Care

General Practitioner /Part-time Lecturer

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Ellen graduated from Trinity College Dublin as a physiotherapist in 1994. She spent 5 years working and specialising in physiotherapy before commencing a medical degree in Trinity College Dublin in 1999. She qualified as a doctor in 2004. She completed the TCD/Eastern Regional GP Scheme in 2009.

She worked in general practice and in palliative care up until 2013. She assisted on a systematic review with Dr. Emma Wallace in the HRB Centre for Primary Care Research in 2013. She is currently working as a lecturer two days a week in the Department of General Practice at RCSI.


Dr Emma Wallace MB, BAO, Bch(Hons), B MedSci(Hons), MICGP, DCH FPC, PhD

Programme Leader/Senior Research Fellow & GP Lecturer

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Emma WallaceEmma graduated with an honours degree in Medicine from University College Dublin in 2004. Following internship, she commenced a four-year general practice (GP) training programme with the NAHB/RCSI. She was awarded Membership of the Irish College of General Practitioners (MICGP) in 2009.

She continues to work part-time as a GP in North Dublin. Emma is the first medical doctor to graduate from the national four-year Health Research Board (HRB) Structured Population and Health-services and Research Education (SPHeRE) PhD programme. She was awarded a Research training fellowship for Health Professionals by the HRB in 2012. Her PhD thesis was a prospective cohort study examining the prediction of adverse health outcomes in older people attending general practice. Emma's research interests lie in the areas of optimising prescribing and managing multimorbidity in general practice. She has a particular interest in the use of clinical prediction tools to predict adverse health outcomes, including emergency admissions. In her role as Programme Leader at the HRB Centre for Primary Care Research, Emma acts as the coordinator for the overall programme of research. She has significant methodological expertise relating to the conduct of systematic reviews and meta-analysis, and observational research in general practice.


Dr Jane Uygur BA, MD, CCFP, MClSc

Clinical Research Associate and GP Lecturer

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Jane is currently a Clinical Research Associate and Locum Lecturer with the department of General Practice in RCSI. She is from Canada and worked there for many years as a general practitioner with a special interest in Care of the Elderly before moving to Ireland. J

ane has recently completed a Masters and has now started her PhD in Family Medicine through Western University in Canada. Her Masters thesis work examined the role of compassion in family medicine using qualitative methods. At the RCSI she is doing qualitative research focusing on patient and general practitioner perspectives regarding contributing factors to hospital admission in elderly patients with multimorbidity.


Professor David Whitford MD (Cantab), MA, MB BS, FRCGP, DRCOG

Professor of General Practice

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David WhitfordDavid Whitford is a Professor in the Department of General Practice since December 2014. He graduated in medicine from Cambridge and Newcastle Universities and practiced as a General Practitioner for 16 years in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. He was awarded Fellowship of the Royal College of General Practitioners in 1996, and a Doctorate from Cambridge University in 2003. His research interests are in Type 2 diabetes and the impact of socio-economic depravation on health.

He took up a post in academic general practice in RCSI, Dublin in 2003. He moved to Bahrain in 2006 where he established the community based teaching in RCSI Bahrain as Foundation Professor of General Practice. He was later appointed Head of the School of Postgraduate Studies and Research in RCSI Bahrain in 2012.