Our Chair and Executive Council

Paediatrics at RCPI

Professor Sam Coulter-Smith is Chair of the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

As Chair, Professor Sam Coulter-Smith is responsible for overseeing all matters of the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists with the support of our Executive Council and Committees.

Prof Coulter-Smith represents the Institute on the RCPI Council and on other national and international bodies.

Professor Sam Coulter-Smith

Chair of the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Professor Sam Coulter-Smith is the Chair of the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and is a consultant in the Rotunda since 2002. During this time, he developed a special interest in the area of infection in pregnancy. He was also instrumental in expanding the diabetes service at the hospital and has a big interest in complications of early pregnancy. He has an interest in gynaecology, particularly familial ovarian cancer and pelvic floor surgery. Prof. Coulter-Smith was Master of the Rotunda Hospital from January 2009 to December 2015. During his Mastership, he devoted much of his time to ensuring quality and safety standards were maintained at the Rotunda, and raised the profile of maternity services onto the national stage. Professor Coulter-Smith is a clinical professor attached to the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland and has a keen interest in training of both undergraduate and postgraduate students. He is a strong advocate for the improvement of maternity services in Ireland. He is also a member of the Women’s Health Council.

Our Executive Council

We are governed by an Executive Council.

The Executive Council 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 Sam Coulter-Smith -  Chair of the Institute (Officer role)
  • Dr Cliona Murphy - Immediate Past Chair
  • Dr Sharon Cooley -  Honorary Treasurer (Officer role)
  • Dr Donal Brennan - Chair of Scientific Organising committee
  • Dr Venita Broderick - Trainee Advocacy Officer
  • Dr Richard De Courcy-Wheeler - Northern Ireland Representative
  • Prof Sean Daly -  NSD
  • Prof Michael Gannon - Midland Regional, Mullingar/ Midland General, Portlaoise Representative
  • Dr Michael Geary - Irish Representative on RCOG Council
  • Prof Mary Higgins - Chair of Exams Committee
  • Dr Paul Hughes - Institute Representative for RCPI Training Site Accreditation 
  • Dr Mendinaro Imcha - University Maternity Hospital Limerick Representative
  • Dr Declan Keane -  National Maternity Hospital Representative
  • Dr Etaoin Kent - Co-NSD (BST)
  • Dr Nicolette Kroon - Private Hospitals Representative
  • Prof Fergal Malone - Rotunda Hospital Representative
  • Dr Brendan McDonnell - Associate Member Representative
  • Dr Azriny Khalid -  Co-NSD (BST)
  • Dr Keelin O’Donoghue - Co-NSD (HST); CUMH/ Kerry General/ South Tipp Hospital Representative (1)
  • Dr Michael F. O'Hare - Chairman of Joint IOG/ HSE Working Group on Maternal Death Enquiry (MDE Ireland)
  • Dr Suzanne O'Sullivan - Director of Training; IOG Representative on RCPI Advisory Committee
  • Dr Nikhil Purandare - University College Hospital Galway / Portiuncula /Mayo General Representative
  • Dr Lorna Roe - Lay Person
  • Dr Nóirín Russell - CUMH/ Kerry General/ South Tipp Hospital Representative
  • Dr Gillian Ryan - Trainee Representative (member of JOGS Committee)
  • Dr Etop Sampson - OLOL Drogheda/ Cavan General Hospital Representative
  • Dr Vimla Sharma - Sligo General/ Letterkenny General Representative
  • Dr John Stratton - St Luke's Kilkenny/ Wexford General/ Waterford Univeristy Hospital Representative
  • Dr Aoife O’Neill - The Coombe Hospital Representative
  • Dr Sam Thomas - Institute Representative on RCPI Education & Quality Committee; Chair of the Specialist Education & Research Committee; Institute Representative for Professional Competence
  • Dr Claire Thompson - RCOG Representative
  • Ms Caoimhe Daly - Lay Person

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