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Recent appointments to the Beaumont Hospital Board

Conor Murphy

On the nomination of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), the Minister for Health Simon Harris TD has appointed Prof Conor Murphy MBBChBAO MMedSc FRCSI FRCOphth PhD as a member of the Beaumont Hospital Board with effect from 30 September 2016 to 16 December 2019.

Professor Murphy, Consultant Ophthalmologist, Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital, Dublin 2, appointed 2009: Joint appointment: Professor and Head of Department of Ophthalmology at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

Professor Murphy qualified from UCD Medicine in 1996 and two years later obtained a MMedSc degree in physiology at UCD. He undertook his basic and higher specialist training in ophthalmology in Dublin, Bristol and Liverpool. Under the mentorship of the renowned ocular immunologist Professor Andrew Dick at the University of Bristol and Bristol Eye Hospital, he developed expertise in the area of inflammatory eye disease and uveitis. In 2005 he was awarded a PhD degree for his thesis “Optimising immunosuppression for posterior segment intraocular inflammatory disease”, publishing widely on this subject in the peer-reviewed literature.

He returned to Ireland from Liverpool in 2009 to take up his position as Professor of Ophthalmology at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at the Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital, where he is now also the Medical Director. He specialises in corneal transplantation and ocular inflammatory disease, providing a national service in these areas. 

Kate Irving

On the nomination of Dublin City University (DCU), the Minister for Health Simon Harris TD has appointed Professor Kate Irving as a member of the Beaumont Hospital Board with effect from 17 February 2017 to 16 February 2020.

Professor Irving is currently working in Dublin City University, where she is a Clinical Professor in Nursing and teaches a range modules including; person-centred dementia care (Dementia Champions). Previously she worked at University College Dublin as a post-doctoral research fellow.

Kate completed her PhD in 2001 at Curtin University of Technology, Western Australia. This thesis was entitled: Case studies in restraint use. Kate has led many research projects in the area of dementia, dementia prevention and is an appointed member of the National Dementia Strategy Monitoring Group. Kate led the Dementia Skills Elevator, a partnership with the HSE to up skill communities and workplaces to better respond to the needs of people with dementia.  

Tom Houlihan

On the nomination of the Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP), the Minister for Health Simon Harris TD has appointed Doctor Tom Houlihan as a member of the Beaumont Hospital Board with effect from 17 February 2017 to 16 February 2020.

Biography to follow.