Feb 2022

The MGA launched its new Podcast Series for 2022 titled MGA Clinical Influencers

The MGA plays a vital role in keeping you, OUR School of Medicine graduates, in touch with their fellow alumni across Ireland and the world.  As a global and diverse School of Medicine, UCD has naturally been greatly enriched by attracting highly talented clinical academics who graduated from other Irish or international medical schools. They are now valued members of our UCD community, and you will hear from them too.

The MGA offers YOU the opportunity to build professional and social networks and to maintain old friendships and contacts, share your aspirations for the School and influence the School’s future.  The MGA is YOUR Association offering you a lifelong association with UCD School of Medicine.

During this podcast series, where episodes will go out every two weeks, graduates will give us a trip down memory lane when describing their time at UCD (and on some occasions in other Schools of Medicine) and as junior doctors.

They will discuss their stellar careers in their chosen speciality and highlights and challenges during those careers, how they share their expertise and coach others. On a personal level, they will discuss how they manage a decent work life balance, where that is possible and books for us to enjoy and holiday locations we should be thinking about. Our interviewees have compelling stories to tell that will spark your curiosity about life in the clinical speciality they have chosen and the career path they have travelled. 

Our INTERVIEWER for this series is Prof Muiris FitzGerald, Emeritus Professor of Medicine and Therapeutics at UCD.  Prof FitzGerald was Professor of Medicine and Consultant Physician at SVUH (St Vincent’s University Hospital) from 1977 to 2006 and Dean of UCD School of Medicine from 2000 – 2006. He is a proud UCD Graduate from the Class of 1964.


Prof Muiris Fitzgerald


The first six interviewees for this inaugural MGA Clinical Influencers podcast series and the broadcasting schedule (via AppleSpotify and uploaded to SoundCloud - see below) are as follows; 

    • Mon 28th Feb - Professor Ken McDonald, Consultant Cardiologist, Founder & Medical Director, Heart Failure Unit, SVUH & National Clinical Lead for Heart Failure in Ireland (UCD Class of 1981)
    • Mon 14th March - Professor Fionnuala Ni Ainle, Consultant Haematologist, Clinical Lead in Thrombosis, Haemostasis & Maternal Haematology, Mater University Hospital and Rotunda Hospital & Co-Director, SPHERE Research Institute, UCD Conway Institute (TCD Class of 2000)
    • Mon 28th March - Professor Peter Kelly, Consultant Neurologist, Clinical Professor of Neurology, UCD & Co-Director, Stroke Service, Mater University Hospital (UCD Class of 1990) 
    • Monday 11th April - Professor Alistair Nichol, Consultant Intensivist, SVUH & Chair of Critical Care Medicine, UCD (TCD, Class of 1998 and UCD PhD Graduate, 2008)
    • Mon 25th April - Professor Mary Higgins, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, NMH (Maternal Foetal Medicine Sub-Specialist) & Associate Clinical Professor, UCD School of Medicine (UCD Class of 2000) 
    • Mon 9th May - Professor Helen Heneghan, Consultant Bariatric and General Surgeon, SVUH & Professor of Surgery, UCD (NUIG Class of 2005) 


Episode 1: Professor Ken McDonald


Episode 2: Professor Fionnuala Ni Ainle


Episode 3: Professor Peter Kelly


Episode 4: Professor Alistair Nichol


Episode 5: Professor Mary Higgins



Episode 6: Professor Helen Heneghan