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

Department of Paediatrics staff

Professor Alf Nicholson

Head of RCSI of Paediatrics 
RCSI Professor of Paediatrics
Consultant Paediatrician 
RCPI Co-Dean for BST in Paediatrics
National Clinical Lead for Paediatrics
 
Contact details:
Professor Alf Nicholson
Children’s University Hospital,Temple St
 
Professor Alf Nicholson graduated from the UCD school of Medicine in 1981 with postgraduate training in Paediatrics in Dublin, Manchester and Melbourne.
 
Professor Nicholson is the RCSI Professor of Paediatrics and Departmental Head. He is a consultant Paediatrician based in Children’s University Hospital, Temple Street and is Co-Dean of RCPI Basic Specialist Training in Paediatrics. Prof Nicholson is also the National Clinical Lead for Paediatrics for the National Clinical Programme. He is greatly involved in the impending publication of the New National Model of Care for Paediatric Health Care in Ireland. 
 
Professor Nicholson is co-author of the textbook Diagnosing and Treating Common Problems in Paediatrics - the Essential Evidenced Based Study Guide. He has over 60 peer-reviewed publications, with an area of interest in injury prevention. He is the former chairperson of the accident prevention group of the European Academy of Paediatrics and a member of the European Child Safety Alliance.

 

Professor Paul McNally

RCSI Associate Professor of Paediatrics 
Consultant in Paediatric Respiratory Medicine
Principal Investigator
Researcher
 
Contact details:
Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin
Prof. Paul McNally
Phone. 409 6500 

Professor McNally graduated from the UCD school of Medicine in 1998 and completed medical training in General Paediatrics in Ireland. He subsequently completed a two-year MD in cystic fibrosis (CF) lung disease in the National Children’s Hospital Tallaght and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. In 2007 to 2009, he undertook a paediatric pulmonary fellowship in the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Professor McNally heads the Department of Respiratory Medicine in Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin.
 
In July 2015, he has been appointed as Associate Professor of Paediatrics for RCSI. He is heavily involved in research, with his main area of interest being early CF lung disease. In 2010, he and his colleague, Dr Barry Linnane, established the SHIELD CF programme (Study of Host Immunity and Early Lung Disease in CF). This is a long term translational research study looking into the causes of early lung disease in babies and children with CF.
 

Professor Alan Mortell

RCSI Associate Professor of Paediatric Surgery 
Consultant Paediatric Surgeon
Researcher

Contact details: 
Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin
Email: alan.mortell@olchc.ie
Phone. 409 6774 (Paul McGeown Administrator to Prof Mortell)

Alan MortellProfessor Mortell graduated from the UCD School of Medicine in 1995 and also completed his MD in UCD. As part of his higher specialist training, he undertook a Clinical Fellowship in the area of Paediatric Vascular Anomalies and Minimally Invasive Colorectal Surgery in Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Ohio, USA. Following completion of the Specialist Registrar programme, he was appointed as a Consultant Paediatric Surgeon in Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin and The Children’s University Hospital, Temple Street. 
 
In 2014, Professor Mortell was appointed as the RCSI Associate Professor of Paediatric Surgery. He is involved in research, with many peer reviewed publications and book chapters to his name and also acts as a journal reviewer for both Paediatric Surgery International and the Irish Medical JournalHe has a passion for Medical Information Technology which he applies to the role of RCSI Associate Professor of Surgery and as a Consultant Surgeon.
 
He is a Faculty member for the Advanced Paediatric Life Support (APLS) course and has previously been a Course Director.

 
 

Professor Martin White

RCSI Associate Clinical Professor, Paediatrics
Prof. Martin White
Consultant Neonatologist
 
Contact details:
Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin, and
Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital
Phone. 409 6500
 
Professor White is a Consultant Neonatologist in both the Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital and Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin. He is also the RCSI Associate Clinical Professor, Paediatrics and is greatly involved in medical education. 
 
Professor White is a Board Member of the Faculty of Paediatrics for RCSI. He was the Chair for the Neonatal Advisory Group in 2014/2015 for RCPI which works closely with the National Clinical Care Programme in Paediatrics. He also sits on the Higher Specialist Training Committee in RCPI.


Professor Naomi McCallion

RCSI Associate Professor of Neonatology 
Consultant Neonatologist
Principal Investigator
Researcher
 
Prof. Naomi McCallion
Contact details:
Rotunda Hospital
Phone. 8730700
 
Professor McCallion is the RCSI Associate Professor of Neonatology and a Consultant Neonatologist in the Rotunda Hospital and the Children’s University Hospital, Temple St. She qualified from University College Dublin, trained in both Ireland and the UK, and completed her Fellowship in Neonatology in the Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne.
 
Her MD thesis was on Volume Ventilation of the Neonate. Her research interests include neonatal ventilation and lung injury, newborn haemostasis, growth restriction and the extremely preterm infant. She plays an active role in education, coordinating and delivering the undergraduate RCSI programme, supporting national and international elective students, organising national courses and facilitating multidisciplinary teaching by lecturing on a variety of nursing postgraduate programs and acting as faculty lead for the Neonatal Module of the MSc in Advanced Nurse Practice (Neonatology). 
 

Professor Afif EL-Khuffash

RCSI Honorary Clinical Associate Professor 
Neonatologist, The Rotunda Hospital, Dublin, Ireland 
 
Contact details:
Rotunda Hospital 
 
Prof EL-Khuffash graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 2002.  He then underwent his paediatric specialist training in the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. In 2008, he completed a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree in University College Dublin.
 
In 2009 to 2011, he undertook a Neonatal-Perinatal fellowship in Toronto, Canada. In 2011, he was appointed as a Consultant Neonatologist and Assistant Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Toronto. During his time in Canada, he was part of the only neonatal echo training course in Canada and devised the world’s first echo teaching website and mobile device app.
 
In 2012, he was appointed as a consultant in the Rotunda Hospital, Dublin and in 2016 he was appointed as RCSI Honorary Clinical Associate Professor. He has over 60 peer reviewed publications in addition to commissioned book chapters. Also he enjoys teaching echocardiography to neonatal doctors in training.

Professor Aengus S. O'Marcaigh

RCSI Honorary Clinical Associate Professor
Consultant Paediatric Haematologist Researcher 

Contact details:
Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin.
Email: aengus.omarcaigh@olchc.ie

Professor Aengus S. O'Marcaigh

Professor O’Marcaigh graduated from the TCD school of Medicine in 1988. He completed paediatric residency and paediatric haematology/oncology fellowships at Mayo Clinic USA in 1995 before completing a paediatric bone marrow transplant fellowship at UCSF, San Francisco in 1997.
 

He was then appointed Consultant Haematologist at the National Paediatric Haematology/Oncology and BMT Centre at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin.  He was awarded an MD degree in 1996 from TCD.  Professor O’Marcaigh plays an active role in the provision and conduct of cancer clinical trials for all children in Ireland.  He is the founding chairman of the Paediatric Group within Cancer Trials Ireland, and an active member of many international cooperative paediatric cancer clinical trial groups.
 
Professor O’Marcaigh has over 70 peer reviewed publications and ongoing research interests in myeloid leukaemia of Down ’s Syndrome. He has maintained an active role in undergraduate teaching in all Dublin medical schools as well as postgraduate and ancillary medical teaching programmes.
  

 

Dr Seamus Hussey

RCSI Senior Lecturer
Consultant Gastroenterologist
Researcher

Contact details:
Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin
Email:  seamushussey@rcsi.ie

Dr Seamus Hussey Dr Hussey graduated from UCC and undertook clinical subspecialty training in paediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition at Sickkids, Toronto, Canada. He completed a research fellowship in the Department of Immunology, University of Toronto which focused on host responses to invading micro-organisms (autophagy) and its links to inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and H pylori infection. Dr Hussey’s primary research focus is on paediatric inflammatory bowel disease. In 2012, he established the Determinants and Outcomes in CHildren and AdolescentsS with IBD (DOCHAS) Study. It is the first translational research programme in paediatric IBD in Ireland, funded by the National Children’s Research Centre.

This study was recently awarded a three-year Health Research Board grant. Current research projects include the epidemiology and outcome of paediatric IBD, cancer and mortality in paediatric-onset IBD, host immune responses in ulcerative colitis, oral and intestinal microbiome in IBD and the role of enteral nutrition therapy in paediatric Crohn disease. Other clinical research areas include coeliac disease, eosinophilic oesophagitis, intestinal failure and biliary atresia.

Dr Hussey is a member of the select Porto IBD Group of ESPGHAN, a founder member of the PEDDCReN and PIBNet networks and an associate editor of Frontiers in Paediatrics. He is also a clinical associate professor at University College Dublin. 

 

Dr Carol Blackburn 

RCSI Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer
Consultant in Paediatric Emergency Medicine

Contact details:

Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin
Email: 
Carol.Blackburn@olchc.ie 
 

Dr Blackburn graduated from University College Cork in 2000.  Following completion of her specialist training in Paediatrics in 2010, Dr Blackburn undertook a clinical fellowship in Paediatric Emergency Medicine at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne (RCH). Since 2012, Dr Blackburn has worked as a consultant in Paediatric emergency medicine in Our Lady’s Children hospital, Crumlin. 

Dr Blackburn is chair of the OLCHC Resuscitation Committee and current clinical lead for paediatric emergency medicine. She takes an active role in clinical guideline development. 

She is a qualified APLS instructor. She has a strong interest in simulation in the field of medical training and is involved in medical teaching at undergraduate and post graduate levels.