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.

Professor Vincent Maher

Professor Maher is a Consultant Cardiologist at Tallaght University Hospital. He is a Clinical Associate Professor in Trinity College Dublin and Director of Chronic Cardiovascular Disease and Cardiac Rehabilitation at Tallaght University Hospital. He formally worked as a Senior Registrar in Cardiology at the Hammersmith Hospital London and was Assistant Professor at the University of Washington, Seattle, USA. He was Medical Director of the Irish Heart Foundation and has a long term interest in reversing and preventing heart disease. He was President of the Irish Association of Cardiac Rehabilitation, President of the Irish Atherosclerosis Society, and Chairman of the Health Promoting Hospital Network in Ireland. He co-founded the Heart Watch program and developed both the Irish Heart Foundation, Physical Activity and Nutrition guidelines. Since 2004, he has been the Cardiology advisor to the FAI. His research interests involve understanding the effects of exercise, lipids and obesity on cardiovascular change.

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 Noel Fitzpatrick

Noel Fitzpatrick

Dr Noel Fitzpatrick is currently a senior Clinical Electrophysiology Fellow at Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital. Following an undergraduate degree in Financial and Actuarial Mathematics at Dublin City University he completed his medical training at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 2011, he attained his MRCPI in 2014 and completed his cardiology specialist training in Dublin and Cork under the auspices of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. During this time, he graduated from the London School of Economics with an MSc in Health Economics, Outcomes and Management in Cardiovascular Sciences. He then spent two years completing a clinical and research electrophysiology fellowship at the Mater Private Hospital in Dublin. His research interests include how outcomes registries, and “Big Data” can be used to answer complex clinical questions in electrophysiology – such as predicting outcomes from cardioversions or catheter ablation procedures for patients with atrial fibrillation.

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.