Our Thanks to Professor Patrick Murray
As he concludes his term as Dean of Medicine and Head of School, we take this opportunity to thank Professor Patrick Murray for his outstanding leadership and for his tremendous support to our students and staff over the past five years. It has been our distinct pleasure and honour to serve under a man of such intellect, integrity and good humour. We are delighted that Pat will resume his original duties and so we will be able to continue to benefit from his wise counsel and insight.
During his tenure as Dean of Medicine and Head of School, Pat has prioritised support to students and staff ensuring the highest quality of education and training as well as encouraging fundamental biomedical and clinical translational research. He has overseen the continued expansion of our Medicine programmes, diversifying student intake such that our students are now drawn from 40 overseas countries. He has supported the increased intake to our undergraduate Radiography programme from 40 per annum to 100 per annum to meet increased clinical workforce needs and introduced a number of new graduate taught and graduate research programmes.
In partnership with Dr Peter Doran, he has substantially expanded our educational offerings in clinical and translational research, introducing a number of highly regarded courses in partnership with industry. Notwithstanding difficult research funding environment, during his tenure, the School has maintained an average of 16M of external research funding per annum and has grants under management to the value of 81M. The School has reported its most profitable years, returning substantial financial surplus to the University despite cuts in Exchequer funding. In 2016, the School featured in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings Top 100 for Clinical, Pre-Clinical and Health Subject Area, the only Irish University to do so.
Prof Murray's term as Dean was characterised by strong support to our students who he encouraged to academic excellence and extra-curricular pursuits. He developed several new international elective opportunities and built strong connections with overseas medical schools. His willingness to engage with students on their terms was perhaps best exemplified by his participation in the Student/Staff Soccer competition and the L&H Society Debates. He led the School with great dignity and sensitivity during a number of student tragedies including the loss of life following the Berkeley Accident, the loss of a parent in the Tunisian terror attack and the death of a classmate. His support to students and staff alike during these difficult times was greatly appreciated and is a testiment to his character. His self-deprecating nature and his gentle encouragement has seen many staff assume leadership roles within the School and he has been a strong supporter of the School's Equality, Diversity and Inclusion objectives.
Building on his work as Associate Dean for International Relations, Pat continued to develop several international initiatives including the 'Introduction to the Pratice of American Medicine' in conjunction with Harvard Medical School, our clinical research masters in conjunction with Shenzhen University and oversaw the awarding of Foreign University Branch Campus status by the Malaysian Government to Penang Medical College.
Prof Murray was Chair of Irish Medical Schools Council, Penang Medical College and UCD Charles Institute. He build strong and effective collaborative links with other Irish Medical Schools and Chaired the UCD Clinical Research Centre. Despite his many administrative responsibilities, he maintained a significant teaching role and research profile.
We are pleased to report that Prof Murray is not retiring and we will continue to enjoy his company and benefit from his wise counsel as he resumes his duties as Professor of Clinical Pharmacology. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank his wife, Trish and his children for sharing their husband and father with the School.
About Professor Murray
Prof Murray is UCD Professor of Clinical Pharmacology and Consultant Physician (Clinical Pharmacology and Nephrology) at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, a role he took up in 2008. A graduate of the UCD Medicine 1988, Pat has had a distinguished career as a doctor, researcher, teacher and, in latter years, academic administrator.
Following his internship at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital in Dublin, he completed a residency in internal medicine at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. He completed fellowship training programs in nephrology, critical care medicine, and clinical pharmacology at the University of Chicago Hospitals in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
He is board-certified in internal medicine, nephrology, critical care medicine, and clinical pharmacology. He practiced as an intensivist, nephrologist, and clinical pharmacologist at the University of Chicago Hospitals from 1996–2008, serving as the fellowship training programme director in nephrology, also directing the Acute Dialysis Service.
He has a longstanding interest in research and education to improve the prevention, diagnosis, and therapy of acute kidney injury and nephrotoxicity, and the pharmacotherapy of patients with kidney disease. He is a member of several international consensus groups that have produced guidelines for research and practice in the field of acute kidney injury (ADQI, AKIN, KDOQI).
Following his return to Ireland in 2008, Pat was appointed UCD Professor of Clinical Pharmacology and Consultant in Nephrology & Clinical Pharmacology at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital. He has chaired of the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital Drugs & Therapeutics Committee. He is the Clinical Director of the UCD-Mater Clinical Research Centre. In 2011, he was appointed as the School's Associate Dean for International Affairs and in 2012, he was appointed Director of the Dublin Centre for Clinical Research (DCCR) Consortium Network. He was appointed Dean and Head of the School in December 2012.