Consultant Rheumatologist & Director of Clinical Education
Dr Suzanne Donnelly graduated from Trinity College Dublin and trained in both Ireland and the University of Oxford before being appointed consultant rheumatologist at St George's Hospital and Medical School, University of London in 2002. Suzanne is a part time Consultant Rheumatologist in the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital and Director of Clinical Education in SMMS. Her clinical and research interests in rheumatology include systemic autoimmune disease and Systemic Lupus Erythematosus.
In medical & rheumatology education, Suzanne delivered a National Curriculum for Undergraduate Rheumatology on behalf of the Irish Society for Rheumatology in 2009 and, in partnership with Arthritis Ireland, developed a highly successful Patient Educator programme to promote undergraduate learning about the rheumatic diseases. Suzanne has contributed to a number of undergraduate and specialist textbooks including the core text Medicine at A Glance, and The Rheumatology Handbook (2011). She has presented papers in medical education internationally; her educational research interests are in the area of student and doctor assessment, empathy and care, the role of the patient educator in medical education and design of assessment to promote learning in Problem Based Learning. She has recently contributed to an ICGP e-learning rheumatology course to be launched in October 2014.
In 2014 Suzanne was awarded a Fellowship in Teaching and Academic Development by the University to carry out research into the linkages between research and teaching across the institution. Suzanne is an ISR Board member. She is a medical patron of the Lupus Ireland Group and previously served two terms as ISR nominee to the board of Arthritis Ireland and also served on the board of Raynaud’s and Scleroderma Ireland.
SMMS Senior Research Fellow
Dr Ursula Fearon graduated with a BSc from University College Dublin, followed by successful completion of a PhD which examined the mechanisms by which adrenal steroidogenesis is controlled. She continued her research as a Post-Doctoral fellow at the University of Leeds, The Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Disease Unit and subsequently joined the Rheumatology team at SVUH and the Conway Institute, UCD where she has been a senior scientist and PI since 2005. Dr Fearon has established an international reputation in the areas of angiogenesis, metabolism and synovial fibroblast invasion. She has developed a number in- situ, in-vitro and ex-vivo models of arthritis using human tissue from patients with inflammatory arthritis. These models closely reflect the in-vivo joint environment and are utilized in collaboration with several industry partnerships to examine potential new therapeutic targets. Using these ‘pre-clinical proof of concept models’ it is possible to dissect the complex signaling pathways involved in inflammation including blood vessel dysfunction, metabolism and synovial invasion. Dr Fearon is a member of several international research consortia, has established a strong research team funded from National and International agencies (HRB, IRCSET, SFI, EU FP6, EU-IMI), in addition to industry collaborative partnerships and received the European ASPIRE award in 2014.
Research interest: rheumatoid arthritis
Professor Oliver FitzGerald
SMMS Newman Clinical Professor & Consultant Rheumatologist
Oliver FitzGerald is a consultant rheumatologist and Newman Clinical Research Professor at St Vincent's University Hospital. He qualified from UCD in 1978 and completed his postgraduate training both in Dublin and at the University of Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. He is a principal Investigator at The Conway Institute for Biomedical and Biomolecular Research, University College Dublin (UCD). He is also a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland (1987) and the Royal College of Physicians, UK (1990). He has been HSE National Lead in Rheumatology since 2010.
He has published more than 240 peer reviewed papers, many on the subject of inflammatory arthritis, in particular psoriatic arthritis. His main research interests in psoriatic arthritis include clinical and therapeutic studies; the development of novel imaging techniques for measuring synovial or entheseal inflammation, including ultrasound and MRI; analysis of synovial and skin cellular and cytokine profiles; and, more recently, studies of gene and protein expression in diseased tissue.
Research interests: psoriatic arthritis and spondylarthropathies
SMMS Consultant Rheumatologist
Dr. Conor McCarthy, MD, FRCPI, FFSEM has been a Consultant Rheumatologist at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital since 1996. Prior to this he completed his rheumatology Fellowship at the University of Michigan Medical Centre, Ann Arbor and graduated from NUI Galway (1986). He has been a member of a number of Rheumatology Committees to include the Irish Society for Rheumatology (Honorary Treasurer and Chair of the Bernard Connor Committee), Arthritis Ireland and the Ankylosing Spondylitis Association of Ireland. He was on the inaugural board of the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine and Chaired the organising committee for their Annual Scientific Conference for the first 3 years. He sat on the Irish Sports Councils High Performance Committee and the Irish Heart Foundation Subcommittee on Sudden Cardiac Death. He also sits on the board of the Institute of Sport and Health in UCD and is a Senior Clinical Lecturer, School of Medicine and Medical Sciences at UCD. He is a member of the UCD Medical School admissions committee and has been a medical student mentor over the last year. In the Mater Hospital he is a member of the GP liaison committee, the Outpatient validation committee and the GP Electronic referrals committee.
He has developed an outpatient based programme for the treatment of Ankylosing Spondylitis (MASTER programme).
Between 2004 and 2013 he worked as Medical Director to the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) coordinating all medical activities the IRFU which included developing policy and protocols for injury prevention, First Aid (SAFE –Rugby), injury reporting, concussion, nutrition, and sports medicine education. He appointed all of the doctors and physiotherpists for the national teams. He developed a number of educational iniatives to include a bi-annual sports medicine conference, workshops, newsletters and a programme of injury prevention in schools rugby. He was a member on a number of working groups/committees of the International Rugby Board (IRB) to include the Concussion, Pre-participation and conference working groups. He is a reviewer for the American Journal of Sports Medicine.
Research interests: arthritis and injury prevention, concussion, exercise interventions in the prevention and treatment of musculoskeletal diseases.
Professor Geraldine McCarthy
SMMS Professor of Rheumatology & Consultant Rheumatologist
A graduate of UCD School of Medicine and Medical Science, Professor McCarthy finished her general medical training in Ireland before completing a Fellowship in Rheumatology at the College of Wisconsin where remained on Faculty rising to the rank of Associate Professor of Medicine. Returning to Dublin in 1998, she was appointed as a consultant Rheumatologist at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital and Associate Professor of Molecular and Cellular Therapeutics at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.
While at the Medical College of Wisconsin she developed her interest in calcium crystal deposition diseases. Her research has focused on the biological effects of calcium-containing crystals in degenerative joint disease as well as in atherosclerosis and breast cancer and has been funded by many sources including the National Institutes of Health, Arthritis Foundation, American Federation for Aging Research, US Department of Defence, the Health Research Board and the Wellcome Trust. She has also developed research interests in polymyalgia rheumatica/giant cell arteritis and also mechanisms of thrombosis in inflammatory arthritis. She is a member of the international community of experts in gout and crystal deposition diseases. She is the author of over 100 publications and has spoken at many national and international meetings. She has been winner of several research and teaching awards and has mentored medicine and science graduates in clinical practice and in research.
In 2009, she was the first individual to be promoted to Clinical Professor of Medicine through the Clinical Pathways at UCD SMMS. She is chairperson of the UCD Clinic Research Center Advisory Committee and Head of the Department of Rheumatology at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital.
Research interests: osteoarthritis and crystal arthropathies
SMMS Consultant Rheumatologist
Eamonn Molloy graduated from University College Dublin (1997) and completed rheumatology and internal medicine training in Ireland. He obtained an MD at RCSI (2006), which focused on calcium crystal induced inflammation. From 2005, he underwent subspecialty fellowship training in vasculitis at the Cleveland Clinic, completed a MS (Clinical Research) at CaseWestern Reserve University and then joined the staff at the Vasculitis Center and RJ Fasenmeyer Center for Clinical Immunology at the Cleveland Clinic. In 2010, he was appointed as a consultant rheumatologist at St Vincent’s UniversityHospital and is a UCD Senior Clinical Lecturer. He is the author of approximately 50 publications largely pertaining to vasculitis, complications of biologic therapy and crystal induced arthritis. Currently, his primary research focus is giant cell arteritis.
Research interest: vasculitis
Dr Anne Barbara Mongey
Consultant Rheumatologist & Lecturer
Dr. Mongey graduated from University College Dublin’s School of Medicine in 1981. She obtained her DCH and MD degrees from UCD and completed a 3 year Fellowship in Rheumatology / Immunology at the University of Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.A. She was Professor of Internal Medicine and Director of the Rheumatology Fellowship program in the Division of Immunology/Rheumatology at the University of Cincinnati and Medical Director of the Arthritis Clinic at the University Hospital, Cincinnati until December 2007 when she returned to Ireland. She currently is a Lecturer at University College Dublin and Consultant Rheumatologist at St. Vincent's University Hospital and the Blackrock Clinic.
Research interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis; Psoriatic Arthritis; Other Inflammatory Arthopathies; Systemic Lupus Erythematosus and other Connective Tissue Diseases; Osteoporosis
SMMS Adjunct Professor of Medicine & Consultant Rheumatologist
Douglas J. Veale is Director of Translational Research of the DAMC, Professor of Medicine and Consultant Rheumatologist at St Vincent’s University Hospital and a Principal Investigator at The Conway Institute for Biomedical and Biomolecular Research, University College Dublin (UCD). He is a Fellow of both the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland (1997) and the Royal College, London (1999). Professor Veale graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 1984 and obtained his MD by thesis from UCD in 1992.
Professor Veale has established an international reputation in translational research in the areas of angiogenesis, early arthritis, biopharmaceutical therapy, biomarkers and scleroderma. He has established an excellent research team including senior scientists, post-doctoral scientists, clinical research fellows and PhD students funded by peer-reviewed grants from The American Federation for Ageing Research, the European Union FP6 programme and Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI), The Health Research Board of Ireland, Science Foundation Ireland, the Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions and a several of industry partnership programmes.
Research interests: inflammatory arthritis, biopharmaceutical therapy and biomarkers.