General Practice and Forensic & Legal Medicine

The General Practice and Forensic & Legal Medicine section comprises academic specialists that traditionally operate outside the acute or specialist hospital environment.

The General Practice group is responsible for teaching of general practice medicine and for the engagement of an extensive network of general practitioners within our teaching and research programmes.  Prof Walter Cullen, UCD Professor of Urban General Practice is Head of Subject, General Practice.

The Forensic & Legal Medicine group is a specialist team with expertise in medico-legal affairs, ethics, forensic medicine, and for training of healthcare professionals as they engage as witnesses and expert witnesses with the courts systems.  The subject of Forensic & Legal Medicine was previously led by recently retired Professor Denis Cusack.

The Section is led by Prof Gerard Bury, UCD Professor of General Practice.

Subject Areas Within this Section

Forensic and Legal Medicine

This group is concerned with the application of medical knowledge to forensic medicine, medical and healthcare practice and medico-legal legal issues and proceedings.  It comprises physicians with specialist forensic medicine training and experience, legal professionals with an expertise in medical jurisprudence and academics in medical ethics and professionalism.

Head of Subject: TDr Cliona McGovern


General Practice

This subject area is concerned with the administration of non-specialist care across a wide range of medical conditions.

Head of Subject: Professor Walter Cullen


Biography: Professor Gerard Bury

Professor Gerard Bury is Director of the Centre for Emergency Medical Science. A practising General Practitioner, he is also Professor of General Practice at UCD.

Biography: Professor Walter Cullen

I am a GP in Dublin City and Professor of Urban General Practice at UCD School of Medicine (2014-date) and previously, was Foundation Professor of General Practice at the University of Limerick Graduate Entry Medical School (2009-14). I currently lead a multi-disciplinary research team that as well as colleagues at UCD involves formal collaborations with HSE, primary / secondary care, service user representatives and international experts. It has realised in excess of 150 peer reviewed publications and over €3m in grant income.

My team’s research interests include how we can best use ‘big data’ to improve the treatment of mental disorders in primary care. I am co-PI on ‘Hepcare Europe’, an EU-funded project which aims to enhance hepatitis C treatment among at-risk groups. I currently supervise one Masters and four doctoral students on topics that include primary mental healthcare and data analytics, continuing professional development for GPs, using routinely collected data to evaluate mental health policy, and cardiovascular disease profile assessment in children of parents with early onset heart disease.

I teach on General Practice to students at UCD School of Medicine. In 2008, I led a team that established the Primary Care Teaching Network affiliated to UCD School of Medicine, which now includes over 200 general practices nationally. In 2010, our team also established the Primary Care Teaching Network affiliated to the UL Graduate Entry Medical School, which now includes over 100 practices.  

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