Press Release

Department of Health and Children appoints new Chief Medical Officer

The Department of Health and Children today, 5th December, 2008 announced the appointment of Dr Tony Holohan as its Chief Medical Officer.

The key responsibilities of the Chief Medical Officer include;

•providing expert medical evidence, analysis and advice to the Minister, Ministers of State and to the Department, especially in public health matters;

•leading and managing the Department’s team of Medical Officers;

•leading on patient safety issues, emergency planning and other assigned areas of work;

Dr Holohan was appointed as Deputy Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health and Children in Ireland in 2001 and has worked extensively on policy development in areas such as cancer control, prevention, primary care, health information and health technology assessment.

Biographical Details

Dr Tony Holohan is a 1991 medical graduate of University College Dublin. He trained initially in general practice and subsequently in public health medicine.

He is a member of the Health Research Board and the Board of the National Cancer Registry.

He was born in Dublin but grew up in Limerick City. He is a past pupil of the Christian Brothers School, Sexton Street, Limerick. He is married with two young children.

Dr. Holohan has the following qualifications;

Dip Mgmt (RCSI)