Graduated from University College Dublin and obtained post-graduate training and experience in Dublin, the Hospital for Sick Children Great Ormond Street, the University of San Francisco and the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Awarded an MD Degree at Trinity College Dublin for research on growth in childhood and for the construction of The National Growth Standards for Irish Children. Studied medical education at the University of Dundee.
Serve on many national and international councils, committees and working parties. Member of New National Paediatric Hospital Development Board 2014-18. Council member Royal College of Physicians of Council and member of the Obesity Policy Group. Council Member and Trustee Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (UK) and member of the Growth charts working group 2010-16. Member of the Steering Committee of the Hvidoere International Study Group on Diabetes in Children and Adolescents 2002 –to-date. Member of the Steering Committee of the North European Small for Gestation Age Study Group 2008-to-date. Past Medical Director at Adelaide and Meath Hospital incorporating the National Children’s Hospital and served as a member of the Board of Trinity College Dublin for two 3 year terms, the Tallaght Hospital Board and the National Children’s Hospital Dublin. Past President of the Irish Paediatric Association and Director of Research Down Syndrome Ireland 1991 -2010.
Elected Fellow of Trinity College Dublin, Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine London, Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London, Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and Fellow of the Academy of Medicine in Ireland.
Research interests include diabetes in childhood, incidence of type 1 diabetes, metabolic control and quality of life, growth disorders, obesity and Down Syndrome and over 200 peer reviewed publications. Specialist reviewer of many international academic publications and editorial boards and External Examiner in Paediatrics at the University of Cambridge, University of Nottingham, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, University College Dublin, University of Galway, University of Limerick, University of Kuwait and the University of Cairo.