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

Dr Natasha Rafter

Senior Lecturer

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Dr Natasha Rafter


Dr Natasha Rafter is a public health medicine physician and senior lecturer in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health Medicine. She is involved in teaching public health epidemiology to medical students and supervising postgraduate students. Her research interests include adverse events, healthcare associated infections, medication safety, cardiovascular risk assessment, access to treatment, and medication adherence. She is currently analysing data from the Irish National Adverse Events Study (INAES), a chart review study of adverse events in acute hospitals and is a co-applicant on a second adverse events study.

Natasha graduated in medicine from Otago University, New Zealand, and was a clinician in hospital and general practice settings prior to commencing specialist training. During her public health training she worked in communicable disease, refugee health and healthcare funding and planning. Her projects included an outbreak investigation, a review of asylum seeker mental health services, a cost utility analysis of cyclo-oxygenase inhibitors and a business case for district wide cardiovascular risk assessment.

Natasha has also worked in pharmacovigilance at the Irish and the New Zealand medicines regulators and was the senior research fellow on two randomised controlled trials of cardiovascular combination medication. She undertook her doctorate thesis at RCSI on INAES. Dr Rafter has expertise in adverse events, medical record review, statistical analysis, systematic reviews, randomised controlled trials, medicines regulation, health technology assessment, and communicable disease control.


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