Biographies of the MGA Scientific Programme Speakers

Dr Mick Molloy – Class of 1994

DR. MICK MOLLOY, MB BCh BAO, Dip SpMed, Dip HealthInf, Dip ROM

Dr Molloy works clinically as a Consultant in Emergency Medicine in Wexford General Hospital, part of the Ireland East Hospital Group (IEHG) and sits on the Unscheduled care project board of IEHG.
Dr Molloy is a fellowship-trained expert in Disaster Medicine and awarded Fellowship of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine UK (FRCEM) on completion specialty training in Emergency Medicine in Ireland. Dr Molloy completed basic and higher specialist training in emergency medicine in Ireland and during this time gained further post graduate qualifications in medical informatics from University College Dublin, and a European Master in Disaster Medicine degree jointly awarded by the University of Novara, Italy and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium in 2007 during his clinical training years. Having completed specialist and sub-specialist training he maintained his interest in further academic training and recently completed a Postgraduate Masters degree in Surgical Science (MCh) from University College Cork with focus on Trauma Networks and their impact for regional and rural hospitals in Ireland and also a Postgraduate Diploma in remote and offshore medicine from the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh. He completed a Harvard Affiliated Disaster Medicine Fellowship in 2009, having being awarded the Dr Richard Stevens scholarship by the Health Services Executive in Ireland to pursue further work in Disaster Medicine


Dr Linda Mulligan - Class of 2022

Dr. Linda Mulligan is a UCD graduate – class of 2002.  She is a Consultant Forensic Pathologist with over 19 years’ experience, both nationally and internationally in Forensic Pathology, Histopathology and Clinical Medicine.  As Chief State Pathologist, she is the consultant lead in the area of forensic pathology in Ireland and supervises all medical, scientific and clerical staff at the Office of the State Pathologist.  She also fulfils a number of academic commitments and frequently collaborates with a wide range of stakeholders, including the Faculty of Pathology RCPI, the HSE, the HRB, the Coroners Society of Ireland and Interpol.


Prof Maccon Keane MD - Class of 1987

Professor Maccon Keane is a Consultant Medical Oncologist and Associate Professor of Medicine at Galway University Hospital and NUI Galway. He is Associate Director of the SAOLTA Cancer MCAN and Medical Oncology Advisor to the NCCP. He received his MB MAO BCh Hons degree in 1987 and MD degree in 1996 from UCD. His Medical Oncology fellowship training was at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Bethesda MD where he was appointed as Investigator in the Genetics Department of the Division of Clinical Sciences at the NCI in 1994. His clinical interest is in molecular therapeutics of cancer in particular breast cancer. In 2000 he was appointed Consultant Medical Oncologist at GUH where he has established a clinical trials program and developed medical oncology services in the SAOLTA hospital group. Through NCCP he has led programs to develop Medical Oncology Services nationally.


Dr Conor Maguire MB BCh BAO MD DME FRCPI FRCPEdin - Class of 1987

• Dr Conor Maguire works as a Consultant Physician at the Western General Hospital, Edinburgh and is Honorary Senior Lecturer in Geriatric Medicine at the University of Edinburgh.

• Conor obtained his medical qualification from University College Dublin and did his postgraduate training and research in Dublin and Bristol, with a subspecialty and research interest in Parkinson’s disease and cognitive dysfunction.

• He was awarded an MD from Trinity College Dublin for a thesis on Neurobiological Markers of Dementia. After spending three years at the University of Bristol as Lecturer in Care of the Elderly, he moved to Edinburgh in 2001 to take up his present post.

• Conor developed a pioneering multidisciplinary network of care for people with Parkinson’s in the Edinburgh area. He is a Faculty Member of the UK Parkinson’s Academy and Chair of the Lothian Parkinson’s Service Advisory Group.

• He is the Vice President of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, and was Director of Education there from 2015 to 2019.


Dr Deirdre Lundy - Class of 1987

Dr Lundy has been working within general practice since qualifying but she is not a GP. She is a GPwSI (‘gypsy’) specialising in Sexual & Reproductive Health.

She has worked for all the various family planning clinics around Dublin, was on the team of the busy Bray Women's Health Centre for more than 20 years and is still slogging away in the Irish College of General Practice trying to keep high standards for GP training in Reproductive Health. She also contributes to learning resources for the RCPI and guest lectures for the Royal College of Surgeons.

During the last 5 years or so she has been focusing more on Menopause Care as the demand continues to grow.

Currently she is lead medical officer for the new National Maternity Hospital’s “Complex Menopause Service”, established through the National Women and Infants Health Programme.

She helped start and currently works in the IUCD insertion & training clinics in the Rotunda, Coombe and National Maternity Hospitals.

Deirdre offers online webinars in Sexual and Reproductive Health for GPBuddy, Practice Nurse Buddy & Pharmabuddy and is a member of the “Ask the “Experts” panel for GPBuddy.

She’ll work with any Pharma company if they leave her slides alone.


Dr Ciara Kelly - Class of 1997

Dr Ciara Kelly is a medical Doctor and an award-winning Columnist and Broadcaster.

Dr Ciara Kelly graduated from UCD in 1997. She was an Obs medal winner in her graduation class with 1st class hons in General Practice and entered GP training in 1998. She did MICGP in 2001 and was in practice as a GP & a GP trainer until 2017. She was also the Assistant Director of GP training with UCD from 2007 - 2010. 

Dr Kelly began her media career when she started to write for the Sunday Independent in 2008. Her debut article won a prestigious Medical Journalism Award, and she has been a weekly columnist with the paper for the past eight years.

She was previously the Medical Expert on the nation’s leading health show, Operation Transformation on RTÉ for sever series. She has presented multiple other TV shows on both RTÉ and Virgin Media.

She is also a presenter on Newstalk where she presents Newstalk Breakfast with Shane Coleman, weekdays from 7-9. She is currently Nation Speech Broadcaster of the year for the second year in a row. Her previous radio show Lunchtime Live won best interactive radio show. Both her lunchtime and breakfast shows were the highest rated shows in their time slots in the history of the station.