The Department of Medicine at RCSI is one of the oldest departments of medicine in Ireland. Its first professor was John Cheyne (of Cheyne-Stokes breathing fame), in 1813. Throughout its history, the Department of Medicine has emphasised excellence in teaching, research and clinical medicine.

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In the area of education, the Department of Medicine is involved in all three cycles of the Undergraduate Medical programme with particular emphasis on intermediate and senior cycles. Working closely with the Department of Surgery, we are responsible for developing, maintaining and updating the Medicine programme in all RCSI campuses.

We are dedicated to ensuring that all graduates of RCSI excel in combining clinical ability with a commitment to lifelong learning. Our teaching programmes combine traditional methods such as clinical attachments, small groups tutorials, case presentations, case-based teaching with innovative technologies to offer students opportunities in simulation and experiential learning; via sub-internship, interactive e-learning modules, clinical teaching videos and live-streamed exam preparation.

We pioneered the team objective structured bedside assessment (TOSBA) and interactive e-learning modules. We are also responsible for preparing students to participate in the Prescribing Safety Assessment, an internationally-recognised qualification managed by the British Pharmacological Society. Our latest development is a book in clinical medicine, which is provided to all Senior Cycle 2 students.

The department is also involved in postgraduate teaching to make the RCSI group of hospitals attractive to non-consultant hospital doctors interested in careers in hospital and academic medicine.

The department has a significant research profile and has published widely in the areas of lung disease, stroke, endocrinology, renal disease and epilepsy. In this regard, the department has an active MD and PhD programmes and processes about 10 postgraduate theses per year – these include basic science and clinical projects.

The department houses the Irish Centre for Genetic Lung Disease and the Alpha-1 Foundation. Both of these groups contribute to patient care and dissemination of information regarding lung disease in Ireland. Both have an active patient advocate role.

Clinically, the Department of Medicine established the cystic fibrosis (CF) service in Beaumont Hospital, which is now one of the largest CF centres in Ireland and is the designated North Dublin/Northeast CF centre. The department runs the national targeted detection programme for alpha-1 anti-trypsin deficiency and is a designated national centre for excellence in that field. The department has also been central in the development of the National Stroke and Thrombectomy service in Beaumont Hospital and has leadership roles in Pituitary Foundation Ireland and the Irish Pituitary Network.

Professor/Head of Department


Senior Lecturers


  • Hannah Gogarty

Clinical Lecturers and Tutors

  • Tamara Hoban
  • Brian Creaner
  • Shaunna Kelly
  • Oisín Brady Bates
  • Síle Kelly
  • Tippa Wade
  • James Curneen
  • Vincent Brennan
  • Richard McCormack
  • Barbara Duffy
  • Ciara Gough
  • Colm Byrne
  • Siobháin Kelly
  • Yasoda Subramanian
  • Catherine Duane
  • Dheshnee Kistamurthy
  • Michael John Daly
  • Nafisah Borhan
  • Rhea O'Regan 
  • Barry Harnedy
  • Farid Ahmad Toor
  • David McDonnell
  • Ciara Grant
  • Noora Salman 
  • Bronwen Marginson
  • Crystal Lee-Non

Postdoctoral Researchers