Our Dean and Board

Professor Anthony O'Regan is the Dean of the Institute of Medicine

Professor O’Regan was appointed as Foundation Dean of the Institute in November 2018.

Professor Anthony O'Regan

Dean of the Institute of Medicine

Professor Anthony O'Regan is Dean of the Institute of Medicine. A Consultant in Respiratory and Internal Medicine in University Hospital Galway, Professor O’Regan is the Chief Academic Officer for Saolta University Healthcare Group and an Honorary Professor of Medicine at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Professor O’Regan graduated from University College Dublin in 1990. He completed postgraduate training at the Medical College of Wisconsin and Boston University School of Medicine. In addition to holding Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, Professor O’Regan is American board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine, Critical Care Medicine, and Allergy and Immunology, and is a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians. He was conferred with an MD doctorate from UCD in 2003 and has received several distinguished teaching awards in both Ireland and the USA. He is a past-President of the Irish Thoracic Society.

Our Board

We are governed by the Board of the Institute of Medicine. The Board is our ultimate decision-making body and is responsible for ensuring that the aim and functions of the Institute are fulfilled on behalf of its members.

Professor Mary Horgan


Prof Mary Horgan is the first female President in the 360 year history of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. She is in her second term as President of the College. She is a Consultant in Infectious Diseases and practices on the frontline in University College Cork in the South of Ireland. She is former Dean of the School of Medicine in UCC. She currently serves on our National Immunisation Advisory Committee and our National Public Health Emergency Team – which advises the Irish Government on public health issues during this pandemic. She is also Chair of the National Research Ethics Committee. She also trained in the US where she worked in St Louis from 1990-1997.

Professor Ed McKone

Director of Education and Training, Institute of Medicine Board

Prof. Edward McKone is a Consultant Respiratory Physician in St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin and a Clinical Professor in University College Dublin. A graduate of Trinity College Dublin, he completed his BST in the Federated Hospital’s SHO Scheme and his initial respiratory specialist training including MD thesis in St. Vincent’s University Hospital. He subsequently completed fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Washington, Seattle followed by 4 years on faculty as an attending physician in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. In 2006, he was appointed to St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin where he is currently a consultant respiratory physician with clinical and research interests in the areas of cystic fibrosis, medical education, epidemiology and clinical trials. He was co-NSD in Respiratory Medicine from 2015-2019 and is a past-President of the Irish Thoracic Society.

Dr Lucy-Ann Behan

Director of Examinations for the Institute of Medicine, RCPI

Dr Lucy-Ann Behan is the Director of Examinations for the Institute of Medicine, RCPI, with oversight of all three parts of the MRCPI General Medicine examinations. She is a Consultant Endocrinologist with a special interest in Reproductive Endocrinology and is based in Tallaght University Hospital and the Coombe Women and Infants Hospital. Dr Behan has been involved in medical education at various levels, including as a Senior Clinical Lecturer in Trinity College Dublin and post graduate teaching in her previous role as Basic Specialist Training Regional Program Co-Director for the TUH/SJH Medical scheme. Dr Behan has experience at all levels of examinations for the RCPI since 2014 as Convenor of the Clinical MRCPI examination in TUH, as an Examiner and as a Trainer for Examiners both nationally and internationally. Prior to becoming Director of Examinations, she was Chair of the Part 2 Clinical Examinations Board. Her goal is to continue to ensure the MRCPI qualification maintains its reputation here and abroad for the benefit of our patient population and the medical community.

Professor Cathy McHugh

Elected Fellow on Council

Professor Cathy McHugh is an elected Fellow on RCPI Council. Professor McHugh is a Consultant Endocrinologist at Sligo University Hospital. She is a member of the Institute of Medicine Board, chairperson of MRCP part 2 Clinical Examination board. Professor Mc Hugh is the lead for Postgraduate Education and Research in Sligo, undergraduate lead for General Internal medicine for NUIGalway/Sligo students. She is a current national HPRA clinical trials board member (Health Product Research Authority), IHCA National Council member (2009-2011). A native of County Roscommon, she has an MBA from Smurfit Business School, a Diploma Medical Education from the University of Dundee, and MD from the University of Southampton.

Professor Rónán Collins

Elected Fellow on Council

Professor Rónán Collins is an elected Fellow on RCPI Council. He is a Consultant in geriatric and stroke medicine at Tallaght University Hospital, Clinical Associate Professor at Trinity College Dublin and current National Clinical lead for stroke. He is a Fellow of RCPI and RCP London, and a Fellow of the European Stroke Organisation. Professor Collins was a Member of the National Cardiovascular Working Group on ‘The Changing Cardiovascular Health’ strategy and the Irish Heart Foundation Council on stroke. He is currently on the board of Directors of SAGE advocacy and the Institute of Medicine at the RCPI. His research interests include stroke, atrial fibrillation and arts in health, reminiscence and telemedicine.

Dr Margaret O’Connor

Fellow, Institute of Medicine Board

Dr Margaret O’Connor has served as a Consultant in Geriatric and General Internal Medicine in the UL Hospital Group (ULHG) since 2010 and is appointed as an adjunct Professor with the University of Limerick, School of Medicine. She graduated from TCD in 2000 as Trinity Scholar and completed postgraduate training in Ireland and King’s College London before returning to the UL Hospital Group as a consultant. She was awarded FRCPI in 2012. She is current Mid-West Intern Coordinator and has served as national chair of the Intern Network Executive. Previous roles included elected Chairperson of the Department of Medicine ULHG and acting Group Clinical Director. She has served as RCPI Regional Specialty Director for Geriatric Medicine Specialist Registrar Training West (2013-2019). Dr O’Connor has served as an accreditor with the Irish Medical Council participating in professional training body accreditation and is a member of the Irish National Audit of Stroke Governance Committee. Other current responsibilities include Joint Stroke lead for ULHG. Dr O'Connor is a member of the Ageing Research Centre UL, collaborating on clinical trials including OPTIMEND (NCT03739515) and SOLAR (NCT04629690) and providing governance as ULHG principle investigator for the Stroke CONVINCE trial. Research interests and publications topics include integrated care for older people, frailty, syncope, medical education and osteoporosis.

Professor Pat Nash

Fellow, Institute of Medicine Board

Prof. Pat Nash was appointed Chief Clinical Director of Saolta University Health Care Group in December 2012. In this role he is responsible for Clinical Governance for the Hospital Group and he is also the lead for Quality and Patient Safety across the Group. Prof. Nash is from Newcastle West, County Limerick and is a graduate of UCC. He did his training in Cardiology in Cork and Dublin before moving to the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio where he completed subspecialty fellowships in Cardiac Imaging and Heart Failure. In 2004, he returned to Ireland to take up the post of Consultant Cardiologist in University Hospital Galway. From 2008 to 2012 he was Clinical Director for Medicine at the Hospital.

Ms Justine McCarthy

Lay Member, Institute of Medicine Board

Ms Justine McCarthy has worked as a management consultant specialising in healthcare for over 20 years. She leads the health practice for EY in Ireland working with funders, commissioners and health service providers on key strategic transformation programmes. Previous to working in EY, Ms McCarthy worked for 10 years in a strategy consultancy specialising in healthcare. As a result, she has an in-depth understanding of the unique dynamics of the health sector. She has provided strategy and governance advice to over 20 organisations working in the health sector. Ms McCarthy is currently working at Board and C-suite levels with the Department of Health, the Health Service Executive and large acute hospitals providers and Hospital Groups, both in the public and private sector. Engaging effectively with clinicians and management is a key requirement for her work. She is passionate about the health sector and her goal continues to be to work with people to make positive change happen, improving services for patients, service users and families across the country.

Mr Kevin Marshall

Lay Member, Institute of Medicine Board

Mr Kevin Marshall is the Head of Education, Microsoft Ireland, where he leads a team of dedicated professionals committed to enhance the quality of Teaching & Learning using technology. He has represented IBEC on several committees, Teaching Council, National Council Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) & Marino Institute of Education. He has a BA (Hons) Psychology, University College Dublin, an MSc Occupational Psychology, University of Hull and a Ph.D., Educational Measurement & Research, Boston College.

Dr Elaine Loughlin

Trainee representative, Institute of Medicine Board

Dr Elaine Loughlin, Geriatrics Specialist Registrar is the trainee representative on the Institute of Medicine Board, having taken up the role in July 2020. She is currently in the second year of her Higher Specialist Training and is based in Galway University Hospital. She is a graduate of National University of Ireland Galway, 2014. She has completed her training to date in St. Vincent's, University Hospital Limerick, and Galway University Hospital. She is passionate about general internal medicine, and the integrated care of Older Adults. She completed a Masters in Clinical Research, NUIG in 2019, and is actively engaged in ongoing research. She is passionate also about world-class training for undergraduates, and promoting excellent and flexible working conditions.