Dr. Alan Byrne

Alan Byrne graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons in 1985. He commenced in General Practice in South Dublin in 1990. He has worked in Sports Medicine since 1993.

Dr. Byrne completed a Masters in Sports and Exercise Medicine at UCD in 2000. He was the team doctor at Shelbourne F.C. from 1993-1999. He has been the team doctor and consulting sports physician at Shamrock Rovers F.C. since 2000.

Dr. Byrne has worked with several teams at the Football Association of Ireland since 1999. He has been the Senior International team doctor since 2003. He worked as the team doctor with Fulham F.C in 2011.

Dr. Byrne was the first appointed Medical Director of the Football Association of Ireland. He held that position from 2006-2012. During that time he established several programmes, including the underage International and League of Ireland player cardiac screening initiatives.

Dr. Byrne is a founding Fellow of the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine. He was appointed to the Board of the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine in 2011. He is on the specialist register of Sports and Exercise medicine.

Dr. Byrne has a particular interest in sports Cardiac Screening and assessment and management of chronic groin problems.

Prof. Carl J Vaughan

Professor Vaughan is currently a Consultant Cardiologist at the Mercy University/Cork University Hospital in Cork. He earned his medical degree from University College Cork in 1989 and did his early medical training in Cork. He then began training in Cardiology in Cork and pursued an MD degree in University College Cork before moving for further training to Cornell Medical Centre in New York in 1996. There he pursued fellowship training in Cardiology and participated in research on the molecular genetic basis of cardiovascular disease. He joined the faculty at Cornell Medical Centre in 2001 and returned to Cork in 2004. Prof Vaughan has published widely on many aspects of cardiovascular disease including studies on the molecular genetic basis of inherited heart disease and dyslipidaemia.

Dr. Heather Cronin

Dr. Heather Cronin is a Consultant Cardiologist working in Cork University Hospital. She graduated from University College Cork and pursued her Cardiology training between Cork and Dublin. Dr. Cronin completed her fellowship training in St. Bartholomew’s Hospital London before returning to Ireland. She has completed an MD in the clinical and genetic basis of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and has published in this area. Her specialist interests are inherited cardiomyopathies, cardiac genetics and sports cardiology.

Dr. Keith Morrice

Dr Morrice brings a significant amount of Cardiology & Electrophysiology expertise and experience to AMS. He currently works as a Consultant Cardiologist & Electrophysiologist at the Bons Secours Hospital in Cork. Prior to this he was appointed as an Electrophysiology Fellow at the renowned OLV Hospital, Aalst, Belgium. Dr Morrice attained his MB BCh BAO at Queens University Belfast, RCPE Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh and MD at Queens University Belfast.

Prior to his appointment at the OLV Hospital Aalst, Belgium Dr Morrice worked for many years in the specialty of cardiology in the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast City Hospital and Mater Hospital Dublin. Dr Morrice’s MD research project looked into cardiac biomarkers in myocardial infarction and in percutaneous coronary intervention. Dr Morrice has published widely including the areas of pacing and STEMI and he has a keen interest in audit, research and education. Dr Morrice is also attached to UCC in the capacity of Senior Clinical lecturer.

Dr Morrice treats patients displaying symptoms of various cardiac arrhythmias; atrial flutter, atrial fibrillation, atrial tachycardia, ventricular tachycardia etc. In addition, Dr Morrice also undertakes cardiac interventions such as ablation, insertion of pacemakers and insertion of ICDs in the specially commissioned catheterisation laboratory at the Bons Secours Hospital in Cork.

Dr. Sean Esmonde

Dr. Sean Esmonde is a consultant cardiologist specialising in electrophysiology and cardiac devices.

He completed his cardiology specialty training in Northern Ireland. Sean initially completed his degree and initial medical training in Manchester, England.

Following this, he gained a fellowship sub-specialising in electrophysiology and cardio-genetics in Mater Misercordiae University Hospital, Dublin. Here, he worked in the Family Heart Screening Clinic before taking up a consultant post in MMUH, Dublin. Dr Esmonde also holds a consultant post in the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust.

Prof. Mark Walsh

Professor Walsh is a cardiologist with an interest in electrophysiology and inherited cardiac conditions. He trained in cardiology in Toronto and did his electrophysiology training in Cincinnati. After spending 6 years as a consultant in Bristol, Mark is now based in Dublin.

In addition to his post at CHI Crumlin and the Mater Hospital, Professor Walsh is also available in Blackrock Clinic on a regular basis to see patients for all types of ablations. Given his interest in sport, he is also interested in screening athletes for any conditions that may predispose to sudden arrhythmic death syndrome. Prof Walsh will support AMS with paediatric patients requiring further investigations from its cardiac screening service. In his personal time, Mark has a keen interest in tennis, rugby and mountain biking.

Dr. Edmond J Donovan

Dr Edmond Donovan graduated from UCC in 1973. He currently practices out of two locations (Douglas & Camden Place). He is doctor to Cope Foundation, Eircom & An Post in Cork.

Linda O’Donovan Pinker

Linda is a qualified nurse who specialises in Heart Failure. She obtained Bachelor of Nursing in Christchurch New Zealand in 1998. She has completed postgrad papers in Health Economics and Nursing Leadership. She has previously worked in Respiratory and Bone Marrow Transplant but mostly Cardiology. Following her return to Ireland in 2006, she worked in Cardiology however had a special interest in Heart Failure going on to obtain an MSc in Nursing (Heart Failure) in 2012.

Her role within AMS is that of a Heart Failure Nurse supporting a number of Heart Failure clinics around Munster.