Prof Donal O’Shea was appointed UCD Intern Training Network Coordinator in May 2020 and this is a two-year appointment.
Donal graduated from UCD School of Medicine in 1989. After his internship, Donal moved to Hammersmith Hospital in London and worked as a Registrar in General Medicine, Cardiology and Endocrinology before being appointed as Senior Registrar in Diabetes and Endocrinology.
In 1993, Donal was awarded a Wellcome Trust Research Training Fellowship where he completed the work for an MD Thesis and was awarded that MD from Imperial College School of Science, Medicine and Technology, London. In 1996, Donal was appointed to the post of Consultant Physician/ Senior Lecturer in Diabetes and Endocrinology at Charing Cross Hospital, London.
Donal returned in Ireland in 1999 and was appointed as a Consultant Endocrinologist at St Vincent’s University Hospital (SVUH) and St Columcille’s Hospital, Dublin and has been the Lead Clinician for a hospital-based multi-disciplinary obesity service in those hospitals since. Donal is also the Head of the Obesity Research Group, Education and Research Centre, SVUH and Associate Professor of Medicine at UCD where he lectures in endocrinology.
Prof O’Shea was awarded the Patrick Meenan UCD MGA Inaugural Research Medal in 1996, the Norman Plummer Prize for Postgraduate Clinical Research in 1998, the Imperial College School of Medicine Undergraduate Teacher of the Year in 1999, the Irish Endocrine Society O’Donovan Medal for group’s research activity in 2006 and the UCD Premier Award for Undergraduate Teaching Excellence in 2003-2008 & in 2010.
Donal is a regular commentator on the importance of preventing obesity, the dangers associated with the marketing of ‘junk and fast food’ to children and the importance of incorporating regular physical activity into everyday life.