Irish Medical Organisation

Dr Ina Kelly IMO President 2021/2022

IMO President - Dr Padraig McGarry

Dr Ina Kelly is President of the Irish Medical Organisation 2021/2022

Dr Kelly studied Medicine in NUIG, and she trained in General Practice in the Australian Family Medicine Programme before returning to Ireland. On her return, she worked in  public health / community health, and she gained marvellous experience in so many areas including community child health, child protection, physical and intellectual disability services, and in general, identifying community unmet need and finding solutions.  She did her MPH and decided to train in Public Health Medicine which she did in Cork mostly, as well as Tullamore, and Dublin. The final part of her training was working as a Consultant in the WHO in Geneva, evaluating the global burden of foodborne diseases programme.  This involved working with many international colleagues including with CDC in Atlanta.

In recent years she has specialised mainly in Environment and Health work, as Chair of the Public Health Medicine Environment and Health Group. Prior to Covid-19 her main areas of work include climate change adaptation, given the massive potential health impacts of this 21st Century existential threat.  She is representing Health on the Adaptation Committee of the Climate Change Advisory Council, is a member of the National Adaptation Steering Group of the DECC, and is the climate change medical spokesperson in the RCPI.

Ina has been involved in many aspects of interpreting and advocacy on Ireland’s Medical Officer of Health (MOH) legislation and its lawful basis in respect of the GDPR including with the Department of Health.  This work proved essential as thorough understanding was needed to explain the legal basis of PHM data use and sharing during Covid-19, without which PHM could not investigate and control Covid-19.  Covid-19 continues to provides enough of a challenge without that!

Ina, as Chair of the Public Health Doctor Committee worked with her colleagues to campaign for the introduction of consultant status for public health medicine. This issue was finally addressed and agreement was reached between the IMO, Department of Health and HSE in April 2021.

Ina became President of the IMO on 17th April 2021.

List of Past Presidents

2019/2021 Dr Padraig McGarry
2018/2019 Dr Peadar Gilligan
2017/2018 Dr Ann Hogan
2016/2017 Dr John Duddy
2015/2016 Dr Ray Walley
2014/2015 Prof Trevor Duffy
2013/2014 Dr Matthew Sadlier
2012/2013 Dr Paul McKeown
2011/2012 Dr Ronan Boland
2010/2011                                     Prof. Seán Tierney
2009/2010 Dr John Morris
2008/2009 Dr Martin Daly
2007/2008 Dr Paula Gilvarry
2006/2007 Dr Christine O’Malley
2005/2006 Dr Asam Ishtiaq
2004/2005 Dr James Reilly
2003/2004 Prof. Joe Barry
2002/2003 Dr Kate Ganter RIP
2001/2002 Dr Mick Molloy
2000/2001 Dr Liam Lynch
1999/2000 Dr Fenton Howell
1998/1999 Dr Tony Hynes
1997/1998 Dr Neil Brennan
1996/1997 Mr. Hugh Bredin
1995/1996 Dr Henry Finnegan
1994/1995 Dr Declan Bedford
1993/1994 Dr Seamus Healy
1992/1993 Dr Cormac Macnamara RIP
1991/1992 Dr Cormac Macnamara RIP
1990/1991 Dr Cormac Macnamara RIP
1989/1990 Prof. Cillian Twomey
1988/1989 Dr Chris Mc Namara RIP
1987/1988 Dr Kenneth Egan
1986/1987 Dr Kenneth Egan
1985/1986 Dr Phelim Donnelly
1985 Dr Robert Carroll RIP

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