SOH Lecture

Prof Cathal Kelly

Prof Cathal Kelly

Professor Cathal J. Kelly,  M.B., B.Ch., B.A.O., L.R.C.S.I.&P.I., B.Sc., M.Ch., F.R.C.S.I. (Gen.) EMBA.              

Professor Cathal Kelly is Vice Chancellor & CEO / Registrar of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, University of Medicine & Health Sciences, since December 2009, providing strategic leadership to RCSI and management of the senior executive team.

A Graduate and Fellow of RCSI, Professor Kelly previously held the post of Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences from 2006 to 2009.

Prior to his appointment as Chief Executive/Registrar, Cathal was a Consultant General and Vascular Surgeon, with a special interest in endovascular surgery, in Beaumont Hospital.

He combined this role with the chairmanship of the surgical division and an academic position in RCSI as Vice Dean for curriculum change.   In addition to completing his basic and higher surgical training in Dublin, Professor Kelly pursued a Research Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, USA.  

In 2005, Professor Kelly was awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Education at Queen’s University Belfast.  In 2009 he was conferred with a Master of Business Administration Degree by Institutio de Empressa of Madrid.    In 2015, he undertook the Senior Leadership Programme at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. 

In 2016, Professor Kelly was awarded Chartered Director status, having completed the IoD Chartered Director course, in Dublin, and passed the Certificate and Diploma examinations with distinctions.

January 2023.

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