Speakers

John Connaghan

Deputy Director General, Chief Operations Officer, HSE

Biography

John is the Deputy Director General & Chief Operations Officer of the HSE.

Prior to joining the HSE, John was Director of Health Performance and Delivery and Chief Operating Officer at NHS Scotland, where his responsibilities included Supporting NHS Scotland in delivering safe, effective and person-centred care.

John has been a Director and Senior Civil Servant since 2006 when he joined the Scottish Government as Director of Delivery charged with reducing waiting times and improving the general performance of the NHS. He has held the position of Acting Director General and Chief Executive of the NHS and was awarded a CBE in the 2015 Birthday Honours.

John has 10 years experience in industry prior to joining the NHS in 1987. He was previously General Manager of the Manufacturing Division of a major publisher with responsibilities for factories in Scotland and the USA. He has held three Chief Executive positions in Glasgow, Lothian and Fife.

John was a founding Director of the Maggies Centres Charity and Chaired the Finance Committee for a period of 10 years. He plays hockey for Scotland Veterans and holds over 50 senior caps at Masters International level.

John holds degrees from Strathclyde and Glasgow Caledonian Universities in Business, Finance and Strategy.

Sandy Joy Weston

Owner Weston Fitness

Biography

Sandy Joy Weston M.Ed. received her Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology from Temple University, and achieved her Bachelor of Science in Dance from West Chester University. She began her journey as a health club owner when she opened an in-home private training company called Specialty Fit. She then proceeded to open the first Weston Fitness in Bala Cynwyd, PA with the help of her mentors. After much success, she continued to open two more health clubs including one in the heart of Center City Philadelphia, PA, still operating today.

Sandy’s vivacious personality and positive attitude made her impossible to ignore, so when Philadelphia’s NBC 10 caught wind of her, they approached her to become their fitness expert. During her time with NBC 10 she hosted fitness segments with the Phillies, Eagles, Flyers, and the 76ers. Her great TV personality took her to the Discovery Channel where she was the featured trainer on the Reality TV show “Health Cops”.

Prof. Arne Björnberg

Chairman, Health Consumer Powerhouse

Biography

Prof Arne Björnberg, Ph.D., Chairman, Health Consumer Powerhouse. Prof. Björnberg has previous experience from Research Director and management consulting positions in Swedish industry. He has also served as CEO of the Swedish National Pharmacy Corporation (”Apoteket AB”), Director of Healthcare & Network Solutions for IBM Europe Middle East & Africa, and CEO of the University Hospital of Northern Sweden (“Norrlands Universitetssjukhus”, Umeå).Since 2005, Prof. Björnberg has been the leader of the production of the HCP international indices, such as the EHCI 2005 – 2015 projects and numerous other, disease-related indices and projects.

Dr.Alina Mihai

Consultant Radiation Oncologist

Biography

 

Dr. Alina Mihai is full time Consultant Radiation Oncologist at  Beacon Hospital, with expertise in high technology such as IMRT and stereotactic radiosurgery and stereotactic body radiotherapy.  Dr. Mihai earned her Medical Degree and Specialty in Romania. Her training included clinical and research Fellowships in France (University of Rouen –Prof B.Dubray), and Canada.  Between 2002-2005 at University of Toronto, where she was involved in  development of forward planning IMRT for breast cancer and in assessing the role of central pathology review in DCIS breast. Between 2006-2007 Dr Mihai joined the staff of the Radiotherapy Department of the Cross Cancer Institute Edmonton (Alberta), initially as a Clinical Research fellow, subsequently as a full time locum Consultant. During this period she was involved in developing the tomotherapy technique for breast cancer treatments, as well as in implementing the PET-CT and myocardial perfusion scans in the process of radiotherapy planning for lung and breast malignancies.

Dr Mihai joined UPMC Beacon Hospital in July 2007.  She has had a pivotal role in implementation and development of gated and image guided radiotherapy and stereotactic body radiotherapy at Beacon Hospital . Her expertise is in assessment of moving targets, SBRT for oligometastatic disease and IMRT for brain, prostate and lung cancers. In addition, she is actively involved in the development of UPMC pathways for therapeutic management of rectal, oesophageal and prostate cancers. She organised and leads the extracranial SBRT task group at Beacon Hospital. Dr Mihai earned her Master degree in Radiation Science (University of Toronto) in 2006.

Her present areas of research and publications include:

  • SBRT for oligometastatic disease
  • SBRT in elderly
  • role of metabolic imaging in treatment planning and response assessment

She is member of several professional organizations including ICORG, ESTRO, ASTRO, EANO. She is site principal investigator in two clinical trials opened at Beacon Hospital and co-investigator in other two.

Mark Radford

Director of Nursing (Improvement) for NHS

Biography

Mark Radford is Director of Nursing (Improvement) for NHS Improvement with a portfolio that covers workforce, quality improvement and Governance.

Mark has worked in Perioperative, Emergency and Intensive care in the UK and Europe.  He was previously been a Chief Nurse of a University Teaching Hospital and Consultant Nurse in Emergency & Trauma care.  Mark is Professor of Nursing at Birmingham City and Coventry Universities, and has published research on staffing, advanced practice, perioperative and trauma care.

Dr Fiona Geaney

CEO and Founder of Food Choice at Work

Biography

Dr Geaney has been identified as a future leader in the field of Public Health. Dr Geaney is the CEO and Founder of Food Choice at Work and holds an Adjunct Lecturer position in Public Health Nutrition with the School of Public Health in University College Cork (UCC).

Dr Geaney progressed the Food Choice at Work Study from concept to reality with limited resources but with a level of enthusiasm and positivity beyond her years. Her ‘never give up’ attitude has made this a successful complex intervention that is now being commercialised with private and public-sector workplaces. Food Choice at Work delivers an evidence based, sustainable, cost-effective workplace health system to clients in both the public and private sector. Current clients range from SMEs to multi-national corporations including Microsoft Ireland, Cork City Council and UCC. The technology based company has a proven health benefit for employees, long-term financial benefit for employers and a societal environmental benefit through reduced carbon footprint and use of sustainable food sources and cooking methods.

Whilst relatively early in her career, she has generated a substantial amount of research funding. Further, she is highly productive in terms of peer reviewed publications and dissemination of findings at national and international research meetings and conferences and has also contributed to several national reports. Dr Geaney has also supervised and tutored over 45 undergraduate, Masters and PhD students.

Dr Geaney has also developed many institutional collaborations as well as ongoing collaborations with key national stakeholders (Department of Health) and agencies (Irish Heart Foundation and SafeFood). Dr Geaney is a workplace health advocate and is passionate about continuing to develop these collaborative relationships and she is also striving to develop new synergies between research and industry for the benefit of all employees worldwide.

Myles Murray

Founder

PMD Solutions

Biography

Entirely focused on improving patient outcomes by making every breath count, by developing revolutionary respiratory monitoring and diagnostic technologies. Technologies that are set to become the new industry standard in the acute care patient monitoring and home sleep diagnostics.

Myles, founder and CEO of PMD Solutions, has driven a start-up company from incorporation through to realising revenues of €4.2m, establishing an international business development team, creating a revolutionary respiratory sensor technology, and developing an exciting patent and product portfolio. Accomplishing this together with a world-class multidisciplinary team.

Hospitals are under increasing pressure, from both an ageing population and increasing restrictions on healthcare expenditure. This has caused a paradigm shift in the modality of healthcare systems from interventional to preventative, in particular for the acute care setting. Over the past decade, significant clinical research has concluded that vital signs can be used as a prognostic indicator of patient deterioration. Over the past five years, a more profound conclusion has been developed:
Respiratory rate is the earliest and most sensitive indicator of patient deterioration.

RespiraSense – the world’s first continuous respiratory monitor, offers medical teams the ability to monitor the respiratory rate trend from admittance to discharge. Alerting to the earliest signs of oncoming patient deterioration. The development of which will enable medical teams to:
reduce unplanned ICU admissions;
lower average length of stay;
improve the quality of life for the patient; &
returning >90% on their investment in RespiraSense technology.

In addition, emerging from the same sensor technology, is the world’s first Single-Sensor-3-Channel AHI Screener – a revolutionary technology, with no-more-belts-no-more-cannulas. A simple, discrete, and effective AHI population screener to address the 94% of the undiagnosed population.

Dubhfeasa Slattery

Chair of Medical Professionalism at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Biography

Dubhfeasa is Professor and chair of Medical Professionalism at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and BSHS. Prior to this she was head of Clinical Risk at the State Claims Agency, Dublin, where she authored multiple national reports analysing five years of data on incidents, medico-legal claims and costs for all public healthcare services. She is a Consultant Respiratory and General Paediatrician of 15 years and graduated from University of Dublin, Trinity. She completed her postgraduate training at the Children’s Hospital Boston and Harvard Medical School before working there as a Consultant Respiratory Paediatrician. Subsequently she worked at the Children’s University Hospital Temple St., as head of the Respiratory and Cystic Fibrosis department.

Dubhfeasa has a PhD in Molecular Medicine and has published on basic science, translational, clinical and educational research.  She has received independent research grant funding, multiple national and international research awards and was one of three international recipients of an American Ireland Fund Award (2009) for her contribution to Paediatrics, research and fundraising.

Having held multiple national roles including Associate Dean of Hospital Inspections at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI 2010-2014), Dubhfeasa consolidated her interest in quality improvement in healthcare by completing a Diploma in Leadership and Quality in Healthcare (RCPI, 2014), the Safety, Quality, Informatics and Leadership programme (SQIL2015-16) through Harvard Medical School and the Harvard Quality and Leadership programme for international healthcare executives (2016).

Dubhfeasa has always enjoyed teaching: has a Master’s in Education for Healthcare Professionals (Queen’s University 2011) and has authored and delivered national courses. She is a fellow of the RCPI.

Dr. Sten Myrehaug MD, FRCPC

Residency, Radiation Oncology, University of Toronto
MD, University of Alberta
FRCPC, Radiation Oncolog

Biography

Education:

  • 2010-2011: Clinical Research Fellow, Radiation Oncology Branch, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, United States
  • 2005-2010: Postgraduate Training, Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Toronto, Canada
  • 2001-2005: Doctor of Medicine with Special Training in Research, University of Alberta, Canada
  • 1997-2001: Bachelor of Science, University of Alberta, Canada

Appointments and affiliations:

  • Radiation oncologist and clinician investigator, Odette Cancer Centre, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Assistant professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Toronto

Specialties:

  • Central nervous system malignancies
  • Gastrointestinal malignancies
  • Neuroendocrine malignancies

Marie Ennis-O’Connor

Social Media Strategist | Digital Engagement | Online Communications | Healthcare | Health IT

Biography

Social media consultant, award-winning writer, and international keynote speaker who specializes in creating digital engagement strategies and training services to companies in the health technology, pharmaceutical, and allied healthcare fields.

Dr. Christopher Mascott

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Ciaran Duffy

European Advisor – EU Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme 2014-2020

Enterprise Ireland

Biography

European Advisor – EU Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme, Health
Member States Representative – Innovative Medicines Initiative
Member of the Board of Directors at C-TRIC
Academic research experience (1995-2005) . Bioanalytical.
Industrial experience – Medical Diagnostics/Pharmaceutical

Brian Keane

CEO Bartra Nursing Homes

Biography

  • CEO of Bartra Nursing Homes with overall responsibility for the integration, management and development of the entire Bartra Nursing Home portfolio
  • Over 16 years of experience working in senior executive roles in Irish healthcare, holding CEO and CFO positions in many of Ireland’s most prestigious private and public acute hospitals
  • Has acquired extensive healthcare experience working in both established hospitals and start-up situations, as well as having exposure to large international US healthcare providers
  • Brings to Bartra Capital Property a wealth of experience gained from his public hospital positions in dealing with Irish governmental agencies, including the Department of Health, the Health Service Executive, the National Treatment Purchase Fund, and others
  • Additionally, from his private hospital experience, is extremely familiar with all Private Health Insurers and occupational scheme providers
  • Especially experienced in managing healthcare Quality and Risk, having successfully achieved, both, international Joint Commission International (JCI) accreditation for each of the 3 private hospitals in which he worked, as well as achieving national Irish Hospital Services Accreditation Board (IHSAB) success in the Rotunda Hospital (the first Dublin hospital to ever achieve this award)
  • A Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants having trained in KPMG in Dublin
  • ØCEO St. Vincent’s Private Hospital
    • St. Vincent’s Private Hospital (SVPH) is part of St. Vincent’s Healthcare Group, the only public/private hospital healthcare group in Ireland. Founded in 1974 it is the largest acute private hospital in Dublin, with 236 inpatient beds, 54 day-care beds, all modern diagnostic capabilities and over 1,200 staff
    • St. Vincent’s Healthcare Group is an Academic Teaching Hospital and is the major south-Dublin hospital affiliated to University College Dublin
    • SVPH is the largest private provider of cancer services in Ireland, providing all forms of cancer treatment: medical oncology, radiation oncology, surgery and brachytherapy
    • Whilst in SVPH Brian increased revenues and EBITDA each year. Successfully lead SVPH in its triennial JCI Accreditation, its inaugural JAG (endoscopy) accreditation and INAB accreditation of its laboratories
    • Secured capital funding to replace SVPH’s linear accelerators for provision of radiation oncology services
    • Private Hospital’s Association CEO representative on both the National Radiation Safety Committee and the National Health & Safety Authority Healthcare Steering Group

    ØCFO Beaumont Hospital

    • Beaumont Hospital is the second largest tertiary referral public hospital in Ireland and the largest acute public hospital on Dublin’s northside. Beaumont has over 820 inpatient beds and approximately 3,000 staff.
    • Beaumont delivers a number of National Specialties including neurosurgery & neurology, renal transplantation and cochlear transplantation. It is a regional centre for ENT and gastroenterology. Beaumont is one the 8 National Centres of Excellence for Cancer Care
    • Beaumont is an Academic Teaching Hospital and is the principal teaching hospital for the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI)

Professor M. Saiful Huq

Director of Medical Physics Division, Department of Radiation Oncology, UPMC CancerCenter

Biography

M. Saiful Huq, PhD is the Director of Medical Physics at the Department of Radiation Oncology at UPMC CancerCenter, Vice President of Physics at D3 Oncology Solutions and Professor of Radiation Oncology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. Dr. Huq is responsible for the development of scientific activities of a large group of physicists and management of clinical medical physics operations of 22 cancer centers in western Pennsylvania, USA and one cancer center at Waterford, Ireland and one at St. Pietro, Rome. He coDirects the Medical Physics Residency program at UPMC CancerCenter and is involved in teaching the radiation oncology residents, clinical medical physics residents and dosimetry trainees. He has been an oral board examiner for the American Board of Radiology for the past ten years. He is certified by the American Board of Radiology in Therapeutic Radiological Physics and has published over 136 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Huq received his PhD and MS in Physics from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, USA. Dr. Huq has served in many capacities at various national and international organizations. He is a Fellow of both the British Institute of Physics and the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) and is a recipient of AAPM’s Farrington Daniels Award. In March 2010, Dr. Huq received the Distinguished Service Award given by The American Board of Radiology and in July 2010, he received the “Distinguished Medical Physicist for 2010 award” by the Indo American Society of Medical Physicists. He is currently the Chair of the AAPM Therapy Physics Committee and the AAPM Task Group 100 and is the Vice Chair of the AAPM Science Council.

Professor Dirk Verellen

PhD,Head of Medical Physics Radiation Oncology, Professor Biomedical Physics

Biography

Qualifications / education:
PhD Medical Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), 1998
Qualified Medical Physicist, Radiation Oncology, 1991
MSc Physics, Antwerp University, 1989
Aggregated for higher secondary education, 1989
Main areas of professional interest/specialisation:
The practical issues concerning implementation of high precision conformal radiotherapy
and image-guidance in a clinical environment.
Establishing a safety culture in radiation oncology.
Professional experience/appointments:
Professor Biomedical Physics, Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy, Vrije Universiteit Brussel,
from 2003.
Head of Medical Physics, Radiation Oncology, UZ Brussel, from 1996
Qualified Medical Physicist, Radiation Oncology, UZ Brussel, 1991-1995

Jane Carolan

National Director for Health Business Services

Biography

Jane Carolan is National Director for Health Business Services, the shared services entity which provides back office support business services to the Health Service Executive. This includes Procurement, Estates, Finance and HR shared services. She is a member of the HSE Leadership Team.  Jane previously held the position of Head of Planning and Corporate Performance for the HSE and has a great interest in strategy development and execution. A Chartered Physiotherapist by profession and a graduate of TCD (BSC Physio), she also holds a MBA from the Smurfit Business School in UCD, a BA in Public Management from the Institute of Public Administration, a Diploma in Corporate Governance from UCD and BA in Spanish and French from the Open University. Jane has over 20 years experience in senior management roles within the health system.

Jim Mackey

Chief Executive

Biography

Jim Mackey returned to his substantive role as Chief Executive of the Trust in November 2017, a post he previously held for ten years.  He was welcomed back after completing a two year secondment in a national role as Chief Executive of the NHS Improvement.

Jim successfully oversaw the creation of NHS Improvement, an organisation that brought together the Regulators Monitor and the Trust Development Authority.  Responsible for overseeing NHS Trusts, NHS Improvement supports providers to ensure patients are given consistently safe, high quality compassionate care within local health systems that are financially sustainable.

Previous to his time at Northumbria Healthcare, Jim held a number of senior roles with the NHS, the Regional Office of the Department of Health in Northern and Yorkshire and, prior to that, worked in Local Government.

Dr Carmel Sheridan

Group Director of Quality, Risk and Patient Safety,

Bon Secours Health System

Biography

Dr. Carmel Sheridan  joined the Bon Secours Health System as Group Director of Quality &  Patient Safety, having come from the Ireland East Hospital Group where she worked as the Group Director of Quality, Risk and Patient Safety.

Carmel graduated from University College Dublin in 1997. She undertook and completed her specialist training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology before moving to Perth, Western Australia in 2009. There she practised as a consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist and developed a special interest in Paediatric & Adolescent Gynaecology. It was during her time in Perth, that she transitioned into hospital management and undertook a Master’s Degree in Health Services Management. In addition, she was awarded an Associate Fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators and the Griffith University Award for Academic Excellence. Her interest in clinical governance and quality improvement was developed during her time as Director of Postgraduate Medical Services and Deputy Director of Medical Services at St John of God Health Care facilities in WA.

Tadgh Daly

Chief Executive at Nursing Homes Ireland

Biography

Tadhg Daly is Chief Executive of Nursing Homes Ireland (NHI), the representative organisation for the private and voluntary nursing home sector. NHI was formed in Jan 2008 following the amalgamation of 4 nursing home representative organisations.

Tadhg was formerly CEO of the Irish Nursing Homes Organisation (INHO) and was one of the key figures that led to the establishment of Nursing Homes Ireland.

Tadhg represented the nursing home sector on the Health Information Quality Authority (HIQA) working group that developed the National Quality Standards for Residential Care Settings for Older People. Tadhg has led the private and voluntary nursing home sector through 2 of the most significant changes in the sector with the development of the National Quality Standards and independent registration and inspection together with the commencement of the Nursing Home Support Scheme (Fair Deal).

Vanessa Smith

Detective Chief Inspector West Yorkshire Cyber Crime Unit

Biography

Cyber Security is an exceptionally new and greatly debated topic within policing.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has launched the controversial investigatory powers bill, which could give police more power to look at our web history and mobile phones.

Vanessa has developed the cyber response strategy in order to combat the ongoing threat and to protect sensitive information.

Prof. Garry Courtney

Consultant Physician & Gastroenterologist

St. Luke’s Hospital, Kilkenny

Biography

Garry Courtney was born in Omagh, Co. Tyrone and graduated in Medicine from Trinity College, Dublin University.  He trained in General Medicine and Gastroenterology in Dublin and London and was appointed a Consultant Physician and Gastroenterologist in St. Luke’s Hospital, Kilkenny in 1996.  He is a member of the Executive Medical Board of the Ireland East Hospital Group. Other appointments include Co-Lead of the National Acute Medicine Programme, Associate Professor of Medicine at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and College Tutor, the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland.

He was a member of the working group which established Clinical Directorates in 2008 and is the Clinical Director in St. Luke’s Hospital, Kilkenny.

Clinical Interests include Acute Medicine, Viral Hepatitis, Interventional Endoscopy and Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

Nicole Ferguson

Head of Staff Engagement & OD | Occupational Psychologist at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust

Biography

Nicole is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist with 10 years of experience in Organisational Development (OD) in the private, public and consultancy sectors. I have led a number of OD programmes in the areas of employee engagement, assessment, learning and development, talent, leadership, change, culture and behaviours, coaching and mentoring, health and wellbeing and internal communications. I have worked with FTSE100’s to SMEs, and more recently the NHS.

In the last five years I have worked within the NHS, leading a growing department as Head of Staff Engagement and Organisational Development. In addition I also set up “Go Engage”, a consultancy service specialising in an online culture and engagement diagnostic survey and practical tools. Go Engage has been winner and shortlisted for over six awards since 2014, most recently winning a 2017 CIPD award with our Xopa culture analytics system for best digital initiative. Go Engage continues to be featured as a case study by CIPD and Engage for Success, and broadly within the NHS.

My methodologies are based upon turning evidence based organisational psychology theory into practical interventions and tools that are accessible. I am able to design interventions that deliver results, and believe in providing tools that enable employees and organisations to really understand and own OD for themselves. I apply my professional expertise as a psychologist to help bring the latest best practice in OD to the workplace.

I am a registered psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the Health Care and Professions Council (HCPC).

Tim Meggit

Director of Octopus Healthcare

Biography

Tim is a qualified chartered surveyor with over 25 years’ experience in property. He started his career in Leeds and then moved to London where he held a key role with the Yates Group as group property and development director. After this period, Tim joined the Assura Group and held a number of senior positions where he was responsible for the development and investment portfolio including managing several LIFT companies. In 2010, Tim joined Octopus Healthcare, heading up the property team leading on the development of relationships with operators and agents developing the strategy in both the investment and property divisions of the business.

Karen Maher

HR professional and Chartered Fellow of CIPD

Biography

A HR professional and Chartered Fellow of CIPD with a background in Organisational and Workforce Development Consultancy and delivery. Specialist interests include Mediation, Coaching, Mentoring, Emotional Intelligence, Life Long Learning, and training design and delivery to meet specific organisational needs. Karen gained a wide range of experience in the UK and Ireland in both the Public and Private Sector in HR, Training, Organisational Development and Consultancy before establishing Karen Maher Associates.

Prior to Karen Maher Associates, she was a successful Management Consultant for SHRC Ltd and the Health Management Institute of Ireland with a reputation across both public and private health services as a first-class management consultant and trainer. Responsible for designing and delivering many successful development programmes including a popular Leadership and Management Development programme for nurses and midwives in the Dublin North East area as well as specific courses for Clinical Nurse Specialists and Public Health Nurses accredited by NMBI. She designed and delivered HMI programmes across the country focusing on a range of specific management skills as well one to one sessions dedicated to improving the professional and personal development and wellbeing of individuals from various healthcare organisations.

 

Previously employed in the UK by Cleveland Police specialising in Equality and Diversity, this role included the design and delivery of HR related training to Police Officers of all ranks. Karen was also employed for a number of years in Local Authorities in the North East of England as a Training Manager and Organisational Development Manager before moving to Ireland.

Educated to Masters levels, with a MA in HRM as well as a BA(Hons) in Education. A qualified Mediator, licensed to deliver and interpret the EQi2 Emotional Intelligence Test and skilled in coaching, mentoring and counselling

Passionate about HR and Organisational Development and helping people realise their full potential. Skilled in a wide range of management disciplines and tools to facilitate Training and experiential learning. Considerable background in working with individuals, facilitating their personal growth and development. Karen has significant experience working with healthcare organisation in delivering tailored solutions to meet specific organisational needs.

Dr Nazmy Elbeltagi

Consultant Radiation Oncologist St James & St Lukes Hospitals

Biography

Dr Elbeltagi graduated from Medical School in 1994. He received his Masters degree in 1999 and PhD/MD in 2004 (Cairo). He received his FRCR in 2006 in the UK. During this period, he trained and received  fellowships in various advanced radiotherapy techniques: Stereotactic Radiotherapy in The Royal Marsden Hospital UK, Prostate Brachytherapy in Mount Vernon Hospital UK and IMRT in Princess Margaret Hospital Canada.

He was appointed as a Consultant Radiation Oncologist in May 2013 and works at  St James’s and St. Luke’s Hospitals. He sub-specialises in the radiotherapy treatment of breast and genitourinary cancers.

Dr Elbeltagi is an active member of many international radiation oncology societies. He has presented research at international conferences, he has numerous publications and is the  first author in many peer reviewed Journals e.g., The Green Journal and the Clinical Oncology Journal.

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Andrea Bezjak

Prof University of Toronto

Biography

Dr. Andrea Bezjak is a Professor in the Departments of Radiation Oncology and Clinical Epidemiology & Health Care Research at the University of Toronto, Canada and staff Radiation oncologist at the Princess Margaret Cancer Center/University Health Network.

She holds the Addie MacNaughton Chair in Thoracic Radiation Oncology at the University of Toronto. She has authored or co-authored more than 190 peer-reviewed manuscripts and has been a principal investigator of multi-center clinical trials in lung cancer. Her research is in image-guided and stereotactic radiotherapy for lung cancer, palliative radiation, quality of life and symptom assessment. She has been a member of IASLC since 1995 and is one of the co-Presidents of the upcoming 2018 World Conference on Lung Cancer in Toronto.

Mohamed Galal

Head of Physics Department

Hermitage Medical Clinic

Biography

Cyberknife (Acceptance, commissioning, planning)
IMRT
SRS
I-125
3DCRT
Dosimetry
LINAC commissioning and QA
Panning and plan checking
Physics quality manual maintaining

Dr. Paul Kelly

Radiotherapy Department
Cork

Biography

Dr. Paul Joseph Kelly – enrolled in Specialist Registration run by Irish Medical Council with reference number 124235. He is one of one thousand and six hundred and fourty three medical practitioners registered in the region of Cork county. Dr. Paul Joseph Kelly gained his qualifications of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery in University College Cork with five hundred and eighty sixth doctors graduated in 2002. Doctor Kelly also completed training programme for specialists of Radiation Oncologist three years ago.

John C. Flickinger, MD, FACR

Doctor, specializes in radiation oncology in Pittsburgh area

Biography

John C. Flickinger, MD, FACR, is a professor of radiation oncology and neurological surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Flickinger holds an interest in spine tumors, brain tumors, metastatic diseases, effects of radiation on normal tissue, and the mathematical modeling of radiation response.

Dr. Flickinger is board-certified in therapeutic radiology. He received an undergraduate degree at the University of Pittsburgh, and received a medical degree at The University of Chicago Prtizker School of Medicine. Dr. Flickinger completed a residency in radiation oncology at Harvard Medical School at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Dr. Flickinger is a member of professional organizations including, American Society for Radiation Oncology, American College of Radiology, and the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

 

Dalibor Frtunik

CTO of Sorsix International

Biography

Dalibor Frtunik is the CTO of Sorsix International, provider of the national integrated e-health systems of Macedonia and Serbia. The implementation of this solution, branded Pinga internationally, abolished waiting lists in the country of Macedonia within 6 months. Since its implementation, Macedonia has experienced an increase in healthcare service provision by over 70% without additional beds, doctors, or costs, through the resultant improvement in efficiency, visibility, and accessility of heathcare resources.

Sorsix designs, develops, and implements turnkey solutions for the healthcare industry and utilities. Dalibor is based in Australia and has served as the lead architect on multiple Sorsix projects internationally. He has led the development of an integrated data management platform for a major motorway in Sydney, Australia, and is currently engaged in expanding the Pinga system to cover the needs of international markets.

Prior to his work with Sorsix, Dalibor has developed mission-critical solutions for one of Australia’s major airlines and largest banks. Dalibor holds a number of technology patents and has advised companies on their R&D and IP strategies in the past, experience he brings to his work at Sorsix. Dalibor graduated with first class honors from the University of Sydney, Australia.

Bill Maher

CEO, Bon Secours Health System

Biography

 

Bill Maher was previously CEO for the RCSI Hospitals Group incorporating Beaumont Hospital, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Drogheda, Louth County Hospital, Cavan and Monaghan Hospital, Rotunda Hospital with RCSI as academic partner and CEO of the Galway and Roscommon University Hospital Group, now Saolta. The Hospital Group was established to deliver improved performance and effectiveness in the safe delivery of acute hospital services as the first step in the formation of a Hospital Trust as part of the Government’s reform of the health service.

Bill who is originally from Tullow, Co Carlow, was previously Acting CEO of St Vincent’s University Hospital. Before joining St Vincent’s University Hospital in 2006, Bill worked for 16 years with the NHS in a career spanning mental health services, senior management at City Hospitals Sunderland (an Acute Trust providing a wide range of hospital services such as A&E, surgical and medical specialties, therapy services, maternity and paediatric care. Bill helped establish Sunderland as the first NHS Trust before moving on to North of Tyne Commissioning Consortium which had a staff of 8,000 people and a budget of £1.2bn.

Bill has an MBA, an MSC in Health Information and is currently studying towards a BA (Hons) in Law. Bill is passionate about Patient Care and Performance Management and looks to build strong relationships with all stakeholders to deliver sustainable service improvement.

Penelope Kate Briant

Co-Founder and Partner of CapVest Associates LLP

Biography

Ms. Penelope Kate Briant is a Co-Founder and Partner of CapVest Associates LLP, BreadVest LP, CapVest Partners LP, CapVest Partners II L.P. and CapVest Special Partners and limited Partner of various other subsidiaries of CapVest. She served as an Associate at BT Capital. She worked in Bankers Trust’s Project Finance Group where she executed a number of infrastructure financings. From 1993 to 1996, she worked in the Financial Institutional Services Team at Deloitte & Touche in Johannesburg. She served as the Chairman at RenoNorden Investments AS. She served as the Chairman of RenoNorden AS. She serves as a Director of Mater Private Healthcare, Mater Private Executive Trust Ltd.,Mater Private Hospital Foundation II Ltd, MP Healthcare, Healthcare Holdings, Kronfagel Holding AB and Scandinavian Standard Norway AS. She serves as Board Member of Master Private and Director of Valeo Foods. She served as a Director of IP Powerhouse Holdings Limited. She served as a Director at Scandi Standard AB (publ) since 2013. She served as a Director of Vaasan & Vaasan Oy. She served as a Director of RenoNorden ASA since September 2011 until May 19, 2017. She is a graduated with an honors B.A. in Business Commerce and Accounting Honours from the University of Cape Town. She is (CA(SA)) from South African Institute of Chartered Accountants and registered with the Financial Conduct Authority UK.

Dr. Pierre Thirion

Specialist Consultant ,St Lukes

Biography

Dr Pierre Thirion, is a French trained radiation oncologist, presently holding a permanent specialist consultant position in St Luke’s Hospital, Dublin, and chairperson of the Radiation Oncology department. Dr Thirion completed his basic medical training at the University Paris V-René Descartes Medical School.

He completed his Fellowship in Radiation Oncology (University Paris-V), rotating through the main Parisian radiotherapy departments. In 1998, he completed an additional diploma in medical oncology (University Paris-XI). After working for two years as a Chef de Clinique des Universités – Assistant des Hôpitaux de Paris (Henri Mondor Hospital, Créteil, France), he moved to Ireland in 1999 and took a position of Clinical/Research Senior Registrar in St Luke’s Hospital, Dublin.

Since 2002, he has been working as a Consultant Radiation Oncologist at the latter hospital. Dr Thirion has a special interest in the treatment of prostate and other genito-urinary cancer, lung tumour, breast cancer, gastro-intestinal malignancies and lymphoma. He has a recognised expertise in new radiotherapy technologies, including IMRT and brachytherapy, and had a major role in the implementation and development of extra-cranial stereotactic radiation therapy in Beacon Hospital.

Dr Thirion completed a MD in radiobiology at the Curie Research Institute, Paris (University Paris XI-Paris Sud, 1996) and a post-graduate diploma in statistics (Trinity College Dublin, 2002).

His present areas of research and publications include:

  • clinical trials methodology and meta-analyses
  • the development of new radiotherapy technologies
  • the implementation radiotherapy-oriented clinical trials.

He is the principal investigator of several national and international clinical trials, and is an executive member of the All Ireland Cooperative Oncology Research Group (ICORG) and other international research group (EORTC).

Veronica Kavanagh

RGN, MA, PMP, Associate Executive Director, Project Management, and Chief, Nursing Transformation Program, National Guard Health Affairs, Saudi Arabia

Biography

Ms. Veronica Kavanagh, RGN, MA, PMP, Associate Executive Director, Project Management, and Chief, Nursing Transformation Program, National Guard Health Affairs, Saudi Arabia. Ms. Kavanagh has a varied and distinguished career in healthcare since qualifying as a RGN in 1990 in the Bon Secours Hospital, Co Cork, Ms. Kavanagh completed a Masters in Public Administration through the IPA, Dublin 2002.

An experienced professional with over twenty five year’s working in healthcare senior operational positions in the public and private sector. She worked on various Healthcare PFI’s in the UK as Associate Director with Sweett Group, London. Until 2011 Ms. Kavanagh was Operations Director for Beacon Medical Group, planning the commissioning and operations of Beacon Hospital and was the Project Director for BMG on the National Co-location bids.

Ms. Kavanagh is a specialist in the Middle East, having worked for over 12 years on different construction and operational projects. Since 2011 she has worked at the Ministry of the National Guard leading  a major expansion of facilities and clinical services. As Program Director, she was responsible for the operational planning and commissioning of a 552 bed, 200,000 square meter Pediatric Tertiary referral facility in the National Guard, Riyadh. Presently Ms. Kavanagh as Chief, Nursing Transformation Program NGHA, is responsible to the operational transformation of the Nursing workforce (6500) and processes, following the closure of the NGHA by the WHO in August 2015. This was a result on a major outbreak of Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome, Corona Virus. The hospital has successfully reopened in October 2015.

Michael Harty

Former Chairperson of Home and Community Care Ireland (HCCI)

Biography

 Michael is an experienced entrepreneur, with an in-depth knowledge of the home care sector. Michael set up the agency, Home Care Plus in 2009 to provide quality non-medical care at home for people who through age or illness were finding it difficult to continue living independently.

He is former Chairperson of Home and Community Care Ireland (HCCI), a trade body formed in 2012 to represent private home care providers in Ireland. It is through Michael’s experience and knowledge with Home Care Plus and HCCI that he developed the concept for Home Care Direct, an online marketplace for carers and families to directly connect throughout Ireland.

Throughout his work in the sector, Michael has been an engaged and collaborative partner to Government, the Department of Health and the HSE.

 

Christina Skourou

Senior Medical Physicist

St Lukes Hospital

Biography

Currently works at the Department of Radiation Oncology, Saint Luke’s Hospital (Ireland). Christina does research in Clinical Trials, Oncology and Medical Technology. Their current project is ‘TRI-LARC.’

Fergus Clancy

Advisor & Non Exec Director in FC Advisory Limited

Executive Chairman of the Mater Private Group

Shareholder and non-executive director of CareChoice

Member of the Irish Medical Council

Biography

  • I established a highly successful new business for one of the world’s largest insurance groups. I spun part of that business out into my own advisory firm.  This was a successful venture which was subsequently acquired by another of the world’s largest insurance groups.
  • While running the advisory firm, I acted as advisor to Government, Boards and CEOs on a range of governance and risk management issues.
  • I was CEO of Ireland’s premier healthcare services company. Led a private equity-backed management buy-out of that business and stayed at the helm for 10 years (including through Ireland’s economic crisis), growing the business materially during that period.
  • More recently I participated in the buy-out of one of Ireland’s largest nursing home groups. I am a shareholder and non-executive director of that company.
  • I have acted as non-executive chairman and/or director of a number of organisations in various settings including a major Irish insurance company (CBI regulated), a UK-based public/private partnership, a medical technology firm and a trade association.
  • I am a comfortable public speaker. I have lectured and spoken frequently at national and international conferences and a variety of professional events.  I have significant media experience.
  • I now take on a limited number of non-executive chairmanships and directorships and a select number of high-level advisory assignments.
  • I enjoy some “extra-curricular” charity involvements, both as an advisor and investor.

Ann Marie Kennedy

Principal Medical Physicist at Beacon Hospital

Biography

Currently works at the Department of Radiotherapy, UPMC Beacon Hospital, Dublin. Anne marie does research in Medical Physics.

Anne Marie is a Principal Medical Physicist at Beacon Hospital. Anne Marie completed a research Masters in Medical Imaging in NUI Galway followed by a medical physicist training program in St. Luke’s Hospital, Rathgar. Anne Marie has since worked in Belvoir Park Hospital, Mater Private Hospital and she joined Beacon Hospital in 2008.

Anne Marie was the lead physicist in the Implementation of Deep Inspiration Breath Hold technique for Left Breast Cancer patients at Beacon Hospital.  She has presented at national and international conferences.  Anne Marie is actively involved in all SABR and SRS programs at Beacon. She is a member of IAPM and Irish College of Physics in Medicine.

Dr Ray McDermott

Consultant Medical Oncologist of Beacon Medical Clinic

Biography

Dr Ray McDermott commenced his training in Medical Oncology at the Mater Hospital, Dublin during which time he completed an MBA in Health Services Management. He went on to The Institut Curie, Paris (2000-2002) where he completed a PhD in Tumour Immunology. He subsequently completed his clinical training at Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia (2002-2004), where he furthered an interest in Genito-Urinary Oncology. During this training period, he published over twenty peer reviewed articles and Book Chapters. He took up a post as Consultant Medical Oncologist at the Adelaide Meath & National Childrens Hospital, Tallaght in July 2004.

In 2006, Dr McDermott was instrumental in establishing Ireland as a main member of the Eastern Co-Operative Group, the largest clinical trials group in the USA with over 70 active studies. Dr McDermott is the Principal Investigator for Ireland in this initiative and is involved in twice yearly meetings with ECOG to develop this relationship. Dr McDermott is currently Vice-Chair of ICORG, the Irish Clinical Oncology Research Group. Under the auspices of the National Cancer Control Programme and the establishment of ‘Centres of Excellence’, Dr McDermott’s public hospital commitment has recently been split between AMNCH and St Vincent’s University Hospital, where he pursues his interest in genito-urinary and pancreas cancers. Along with Dr Jennifer Westrup, he has been involved in the establishment and growth of the cancer services at Beacon

clinical lead st luke’s ratiation oncology network beaumont hospital

Clare Faul

Clinical lead St Luke’s ratiation oncology network Beaumont Hospital

Biography

Clinical lead st luke’s ratiation oncology network beaumont hospital

Richard Kennedy

Owner , Fitness Freak

Biography

Richard is the owner of Fitness Freak, a fitness, and health food inspiring company. I am a motivational speaker, qualified Strength & Conditioning(BA)coach and personal trainer and I am the author of two cookbooks and I am a cook inspiring people to improve their lives by choosing healthy food alternatives via tastings, demonstrations, and nutrition programmes.

I run two mini-revolutions in my local town; Free Fruit For Kids in local shops and Free Fruit For ALL in South Tipp General Hospital. Here, baskets of free fruit, sponsored by local businesses, are available in three departments in the hospital administered by local secondary school transition year pupils.

Dermot Goode

CEO Total Health Cover

Biography

Dermot Goode is the leading expert on healthcare benefits in Ireland. He has over 25 years experience in healthcare having worked with VHI, BUPA Ireland and healthcare consultancy roles with Irish Pensions Trust and Mercer Ltd. He established PHI Consulting (Ireland) Ltd in 2009 to provide advice on all aspects of healthcare cover in Ireland.  Now trading as Total Health Cover, he specialises in the corporate sector where he works with clients to secure the best terms and conditions from their healthcare providers.  He is a Qualified Financial Advisor (QFA) and also holds the APA qualification for general personal lines insurances.

He lectures on health insurance programmes with the Insurance Institute of Ireland (III) and is the co-author of their Accredited Product Advisor textbook for ‘Private Medical Insurance’. He also provides healthcare training services for the Irish Brokers Association (IBA). He is a regular contributor on both radio, television and in the print media advising individual and corporate consumers how to save money on their healthcare costs. He delivers key-note speeches on healthcare developments and trends at various industry forums across the country.

He developed the Total Health Cover concept to show individual consumers and employers how to find the best health insurance cover at the lowest cost, but more importantly how to source other complementary healthcare products such as Medical Cash, Dental, Eye-Care, Travel, Health Screening and many more to build the best healthcare package to suit your requirements. He has partnered with some of the leading healthcare providers in the country to make these products and services available to all consumers on one site.

Prof John Armstrong

Director of Research at St. Luke’s Hospital

Biography

Professor John Armstrong is a Board Member and ex-chairman of the Irish Cancer Society. Professor Armstrong was trained at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, where he performed his residency and was Chief resident, attending for five years. He directed the lung cancer radiation research programme at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and co-authored the chapter on non-small cell lung cancer chapter in 4th edition of DeVita, Hellman, and Rosenberg, Cancer: Principles and Practice of Oncology, Lippincott.

He is currently the Director of Research at St. Luke’s Hospital, Dublin. Professor Armstrong is the Principal Investigator for several clinical trials in the Irish Clinical Oncology Research Group.

Professor Armstrong has published numerous articles and has lectured extensively in the field of radiation oncology. He has been instrumental in the rollout of new procedures involving high-tech radiation therapy procedures such as Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy, and stereotactic radiosurgery

Mohsen Javadpour

Beaumont Hospital · National Centre for Neurosurgery

Biography

Mohsen Javadpour currently works at the National Centre for Neurosurgery, Beaumont Hospital. Mohsen does research in Neurosurgery. Their most recent publication is ‘IgG4 hypophysitis – a rare and underdiagnosed cause of pituitary gland and stalk mass-like thickening.’

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