Professor of Paediatrics
Brendan Drumm undertook his medical studies at The National University of Ireland, University College Galway and graduated in 1979.
In 1981 he started his postgraduate clinical training in Paediatrics at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto where he was subsequently appointed Consultant Paediatric Gastroenterologist and Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto.
In 1990 he was appointed Professor and Head of the Department of Paediatrics at University College Dublin and Consultant Paediatric Gastroenterologist at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Dublin.
His research was supported over a 20 year period by grants from agencies varying from the Wellcome Trust in the UK, the European Union, American Gastroenterology Association, Irish Health Research Board, Medical Research Council of Canada and the Children’s Research Foundation. The ranking of his research internationally is confirmed by publications on several occasions in journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet, Gastroenterology, The Journal of Clinical Investigation and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
He has been an invited speaker for National Colleges of Physicians and National Gastroenterology associations across the world including the United States, England, Canada, Scotland, Holland and Australia, and has been a guest speaker at Universities in over 20 countries.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Colleges of Physicians in Canada, Ireland and the UK, and was in the first group of Gastroenterologists awarded a fellowship of the American Gastroenterology Association in 2008.
In 2005 Brendan Drumm was appointed as the first CEO of the Health Service Executive (HSE) in Ireland for a five year term, during which time he led the largest public service transformation programme ever undertaken in Ireland.
In 2010 Professor Drumm completed his term of office and returned to his academic position at University College Dublin where his work now focuses on two related areas. The first of these is promoting caring as the central and most important component of clinical practice and secondly the development of clinicians as leaders of transformational change in healthcare services. He believes that sustainable change in a healthcare environment is critically dependent on leadership by clinicians who in doing so must often put their commitment to providing the best possible care for the public ahead of their own self-interests.