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
Consultant Urologist, St Vincent's University Hospital; Current President, Irish Society of Urology; Current Council Member, British Association of Urological Surgeons; Current Trustee, The Urology Foundation, London; Current Hon. Secretary, The Urological Club of Great Britain and Ireland. Previous Chairman Dublin Region Pre-Fellowship Training Scheme; Previous Director of Training, Irish Society of Urology Current Chairman, British Journal of Urology International Previous Secretary of Medical Board, St Vincent's University Hospital, Dublin Chair 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 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.

H Paul Redmond

Professor H. Paul Redmond
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
St James’s Hospital and Trinity College, Dublin

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
  Ms Camilla Carroll
Consultant ENT Head and Neck Surgeon and lead Consultant in the Emergency Department at the Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital Dublin. RCSI School of Medicine graduate (Class of 1985); Fellowship in General Surgery (1989); AJCHNS Fellow in Head and Neck Surgery University of Toronto, Canada (1998-2000); Imperial College London Masters Medical Educational programme in Surgical Education 2015 -2017; External Faculty Member for the Department of Surgical Affairs (Human Factors in Patient Safety); Postgraduate examiner in the Court of Examiners for the Royal Colleges; Surgical mentor for the recently formed WISA division of COSECSA; Associated with the RCSI Sayed Hanson Medal in Anatomy and the RCSI Sayed Neurosurgical Research Medal in Neurosurgery. Currently, involved in establishing a postgraduate training programme for GP ENT Specialists; Chairperson Student Services Council; member Academic Council and Professional Development & Practice Committee, RCSI.

Paddy Kenny

Mr Paddy Kenny
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