February 2017 | Feabhra 2017

New Associate Deans Appointed

Sun, 12 February 17 17:04

Professor Patrick Murray has announced the appointment of two new Associate Deans and has made an additional appointment to the School’s Management team.

Associate Dean for Programmes & Educational Innovation

Associate Professor Suzanne Donnelly, Director of Clinical Education and consultant rheumatologist at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital has been appointed Associate Dean for Programmes & Educational Innovation. 

A medical graduate of Trinity College, University of Dublin, Dr Donnelly undertook her speciality clinical training in Ireland and Oxford before returning to a consultant rheumatology post in the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital Dublin in 2005. She was appointed Director of Clinical Education for the School in 2008.

Dr Donnelly brings more than twenty years medical education experience to the Associate Dean role. Following an initial term as Lecturer in Clinical Medicine in Trinity, Suzanne was appointed Lecturer in Clinical Rheumatology at the University of Oxford (1999-2002), where she received many accolades for teaching. On completion of specialist clinical training, she was appointed consultant rheumatologist in St George’s Hospital & Medical School, London where she participated in the introduction of the UK’s first graduate entry medicine programme.

Suzanne is a proponent of strong links between education research, clinical practice and policy. In 2016, she was awarded an MD for research on empathy and care in medical education. She has collaborated with Prof Gerard Fealy and collegues from UCD Schools of Nursing and Business on research on clinical handover for the National Clinical Effectiveness Committee’s 2015 Clinical Guideline Communication (Clinical Handover) in Acute and Childrens’ Hospital Services.  In 2016, she led national education research for the Medical Council, authoring a report on the educational needs of new entrants to the practice of medicine in Ireland as the foundation for the Council’s Safe Start initiative.

Dr Donnelly has led a number of programme innovations in UCD Medicine, including the highly successful UCD Patient Educator Programme and the Care in Medicine curriculum theme which she co-leads with Professor Brendan Drumm. In 2014, Suzanne was awarded a University Fellowship in Teaching and Academic Devleopment for the study of research-teaching linkages in the delivery of high quality student learning. 

Suzanne represents Ireland on the Standing Committee on Education and Training for EULAR (European League Against Rheumatism )and is an elected Board Member of the Irish Society for Rheumatology. She has previously served as Board Member to the charities Arthritis Ireland, Raynaud’s and Scleroderma Ireland and Lupus Group Ireland, with which she maintains strong ties.

Suzanne has served as external examiner to the Medicine Degree programmes in the University of Dundee and is contributing author to a number of academic textbooks including the Rheumatology Handbook and the highly successful Medicine At a Glance. Suzanne practices rheumatology part time at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, with a special interest in systemic lupus erythematosus, connective tissue disease and the management of pregnancy in patients with rheumatological conditions.

Associate Dean for Graduate Taught Studies

Dr Jonathan McNulty, Lecturer in Radiography and Head of Subject, Radiography has been appointed the inaugural Associate Dean for Graduate Taught Studies.

A graduate of UCD’s BSc in Radiography, Jonathan completed a Higher Diploma in Magnetic Resonance Imaging at Trinity College Dublin whilst working as a radiographer at Beaumont Hospital, Dublin.  He was appointed as Lecturer in Radiography at the UCD School of Medicine in 2005 where he has held a succession of leadership roles.  He has coordinated the BSc Radiography programme, has overseen 20 postgraduate programmes, has been Head of Education Development within UCD Diagnostic Imaging since 2003 and was appointed Head of Subject, Radiography in April 2016

Dr McNulty was a University Fellow in Teaching and Academic Development from 2011 – 2013 and completed his PhD in 2014.  His research interests include medical education research, optimisation, neuroimaging and image perception. He has delivered over 90 conference presentations, contributed to over 40 journal articles and has held significant national and international research grants.

Dr McNulty is former Chairman of the Erasmus Radiography Group, a consortium of 16 academic institutions from across Europe, and former Chairman of the Radiographers Scientific Subcommittee for European Congress of Radiology.  He was elected to the Board of the European Federation of Radiographer Societies, representing over 110,000 radiographers across Europe, in November 2014 where he currently holds the position of Vice-President. He represents the EFRS on matters relating to Education and Research.  He is an Executive Board Member of the European Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine & Biology and is Associate European Editor of the Elsevier journal, Radiography.

Both Associate Professor Donnelly and Dr McNulty become ex officio members of the School Management Team and members of the School Executive Management Committee.  Dean of Medicine and Head of School, Professor Patrick Murray has also invited Dr Cliona McGovern, Lecturer in Forensic & Legal Medicine and School Director of Admissions to join the School Management Team.  A list of the School Management Team members can be found here.