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Officers 2019 – 2020  

President: Professor Damian Mohan is a medical graduate of Trinity College Dublin. He was a Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist at Broadmoor High Security Hospital West London Mental Health NHS Trust from 1999 to 2001 before returning to Ireland in 2001. He is currently a Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist based at the National Forensic Mental Health Service at the Central Mental Hospital, Dundrum, Dublin. He is also Clinical Senior Lecturer in Forensic Psychiatry at Trinity College Dublin, Department of Psychiatry.  Prof. Mohan and his team have been awarded a number of prestigious awards nationally and internationally in recognition of innovative work carried out in transforming the delivery of mental health care at Mountjoy Prison, Dublin.  The World Health Organisation Best Practice in Prison Award which was presented in 2011. In addition, the ‘Excellence in Healthcare Management Award’ and the overall ‘Duais Mhór’ Award was also awarded at the 2011 Irish Healthcare Awards. The Taoiseach’s Public Service Excellence Award was awarded in July 2012 in recognition of their innovative work.   Prof. Mohan joined the Medico-Legal Society in 2011 and was elected to Council in 2014 and re-elected each year to date.  Prof. Mohan was elected President of the Society at the Society’s AGM in 2019.

Immediate Past President (2017-2019): Ms. Elizabeth Doyle Fleming BSc OSH, CMIOSH MIES is a chartered occupational safety and health (OSH) practitioner since 2005 with the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). She specialises in OSH Risk Management and OSH education at third level.  She lectured in occupational safety and health at the Centre for Safety and Health at Work, University College Dublin and continues to be involved academically. With a professional background in the aviation industry, she is a founding member and an honorary life member of the European Aviation Group of Occupational Safety and Health.  She joined the Medico-Legal Society of Ireland in 2006, was elected to Council in 2010 and nominated as Honorary Secretary in 2011 and re-elected each year to 2017. Liz was elected President of the Society in June 2017-2019.

Honorary Secretary: Ms Mary C Kennedy graduated as an RGN in St Vincent’s Hospital, Elm Park, Dublin. She continued her studies with a Higher Diploma in Healthcare from RCSI and a Post Graduate Diploma in Healthcare Risk Management & Quality from UCD. Her most recent qualification is a Diploma in Law from the Law Society of Ireland.  Mary was a Chief Nurse Officer in the Irish Prison Service (IPS) from 2008- 2018.  She developed effective systems of work which contributed to safer work practices and better systems of care. Ms Kennedy is currently an Assistant Governor in Mountjoy male prison which accommodates approximately 800 prisoners. Her current portfolio includes governance over Health and Safety, HR and Healthcare within a prison setting. Mary joined the Society in 2016 and was elected Honorary Secretary at the Society’s AGM in 2019.

Honorary Treasurer:  Dr Zetti Azvee, a graduate of the National University of Ireland and Penang Medical College, is in her second year of Higher Specialist Training. A Senior Registrar, she hopes to specialise in Liaison Psychiatry. Dr Azvee is an honorary lecturer with the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland and her experience includes time in the Western Sahara and the Lebanon with the United Nations. She has been Treasurer of the European Federation of Psychiatric Trainees and Vice Chair of the Trainee Committee for College of Psychiatrists of Ireland. She has a special interest in bridging the gap between primary care and specialist services. Dr. Azvee joined the Society in 2015 and was elected Hon. Treasurer at the Society’s AGM in 2019.

Officers 2018 – 2019  

President: Ms. Elizabeth Doyle Fleming BSc OSH, CMIOSH MIES is a chartered occupational safety and health (OSH) practitioner since 2005 with the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health. She specialises in OSH Risk Management and OSH education at third level.  She lectured in occupational safety and health at the Centre for Safety and Health at Work, University College Dublin and continues to be involved academically. With a professional background in the aviation industry, she is a founding member and an honorary life member of the European Aviation Group of Occupational Safety and Health.  She joined the Medico-Legal Society of Ireland in 2006, was elected to Council in 2010 and nominated as Honorary Secretary in 2011 and re-elected each year to 2017. Liz was proposed and elected as President of the Society in June 2017.

Immediate Past President (2015-2017):  Prof. Denis Cusack FRCPI, FFFLM, FCLM, FCIArb, Barrister-at-Law.
Practitioner in medicine (General Internal Medicine and Diabetes/Endocrinology) in Ireland and the USA and practitioner as Barrister at the Bar of Ireland with current practice in the specialty of Forensic and Legal Medicine. Professor and Head of Subject of Forensic & Legal Medicine, School of Medicine and  Medical Science, University College Dublin,  1999 to date. Professor of Forensic & Legal Medicine Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland/UCD at Penang Medical College, Malaysia 2000 to date. Coroner for the County of Kildare, Ireland 1995 to date. Director of the Medical Bureau of Road Safety, Dublin, Ireland 1997 to date. President, Coroners Society of Ireland 2008-2010. Member of the Medico-Legal Society of Ireland since 1987. He was elected President of the Medico-Legal Society in 2015 and held the position until June 2017.

Honorary Secretary: Ms. Dolores Keane BL  is a Past President of the Society and is a practicing barrister. She graduated with a BA in Economics and Politics and an MSc (Econ) in European Affairs from University College Dublin. She also pursued further studies at Marquette University, Milwaukee, USA in Medical Science. She attended Kings Inns and was called to the Bar in 2000. She has lectured on the Degree Course at Kings Inns, developed its Continuing Professional Development programme and is the examiner for the Legal and Regulatory Aspects of Compliance Course for the Institute of Bankers, University College Dublin. She specialises in medical/healthcare law and pharmaceutical/medical device law. Dolores was acting as Joint Honorary Secretary for the previous session and was elected as Hon. Secretary at the Society’s AGM in June 2018. 

Honorary Treasurer:  Dr. Mary Davin-Power MICGP MRGCP MMedSc is a Past President of this Society. She is a RCSI graduate and General Practitioner practicing in Trinity College Dublin. In addition to her clinical commitment she acts as GP Risk Advisor for Medisec Ireland.  Mary is closely associated with the Irish College of General Practitioners in the area of Faculty Liaison.  She has a particular interest in medico-legal medicine. Mary was acting as Joint Honorary Secretary for the previous session and was elected as Hon. Treasurer at the Society’s AGM in June 2018. 

Officers 2017 – 2018

President: Ms. Elizabeth Doyle Fleming BSc OSH, CMIOSH MIES is a chartered occupational safety and health (OSH) practitioner since 2005 with the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health. She specialises in OSH Risk Management and OSH education at third level.  She lectured in occupational safety and health at the Centre for Safety and Health at Work, University College Dublin and continues to be involved academically. With a professional background in the aviation industry, she is a founding member and an honorary life member of the European Aviation Group of Occupational Safety and Health.  She joined the Medico-Legal Society of Ireland in 2006, was elected to Council in 2010 and nominated as Honorary Secretary in 2011 and re-elected each year to 2017. Liz was proposed and elected as President of the Society in June 2017.

Immediate Past President (2015-2017):  Prof. Denis Cusack FRCPI, FFFLM, FCLM, FCIArb, Barrister-at-Law.
Practitioner in medicine (General Internal Medicine and Diabetes/Endocrinology) in Ireland and the USA and practitioner as Barrister at the Bar of Ireland with current practice in the specialty of Forensic and Legal Medicine. Professor and Head of Subject of Forensic & Legal Medicine, School of Medicine and  Medical Science, University College Dublin,  1999 to date. Professor of Forensic & Legal Medicine Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland/UCD at Penang Medical College, Malaysia 2000 to date. Coroner for the County of Kildare, Ireland 1995 to date. Director of the Medical Bureau of Road Safety, Dublin, Ireland 1997 to date. President, Coroners Society of Ireland 2008-2010. Member of the Medico-Legal Society of Ireland since 1987. He was elected President of the Medico-Legal Society in 2015 and held the position until June 2017.

Joint Honorary Secretaries: Ms. Dolores Keane BL and Dr. Mary Davin-Power

Ms. Dolores Keane BL  is a Past President of the Society and is a practicing barrister. She graduated with a BA in Economics and Politics and an MSc (Econ) in European Affairs from University College Dublin. She also pursued further studies at Marquette University, Milwaukee, USA in Medical Science. She attended Kings Inns and was called to the Bar in 2000. She has lectured on the Degree Course at Kings Inns, developed its Continuing Professional Development programme and is the examiner for the Legal and Regulatory Aspects of Compliance Course for the Institute of Bankers, University College Dublin. She specialises in medical/healthcare law and pharmaceutical/medical device law. 

Dr. Davin-Power MICGP MRGCP MMedSc is a Past President of this Society. She is a RCSI graduate and General Practitioner practicing in Trinity College Dublin. In addition to her clinical commitment she acts as GP Risk Advisor for Medisec Ireland.  Mary is closely associated with the Irish College of General Practitioners in the area of Faculty Liaison.  She has a particular interest in medico-legal medicine. 

Honorary Treasurer Dr Carlos McDowell is a graduate of medicine from Trinity College, Dublin [1973] and specialised in Anaesthesia & Intensive Care Medicine, graduating with Fellowships from both the Irish and London Colleges of Anaesthesia. She worked as a consultant in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda for 29 years. Since retiring from hospital work, she is currently working part-time with the Turf Club and Irish Racecourses – pre-hospital trauma. Dr McDowell was nominated and elected as Hon. Treasurer at the Society’s AGM in June 2014 and re-elected each year to date. 

Officers 2015 – 2017

President: Prof. Denis Cusack FRCPI, FFFLM, FCLM, FCIArb, Barrister-at-Law

Practitioner in medicine (General Internal Medicine and Diabetes/Endocrinology) in Ireland and the USA and practitioner as Barrister at the Bar of Ireland with current practice in the specialty of Forensic and Legal Medicine. Professor and Head of Subject of Forensic & Legal Medicine, School of Medicine and Medical Science, University College Dublin, 1999 to date. Professor of Forensic & Legal Medicine Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland/UCD at Penang Medical College, Malaysia 2000 to date. Coroner for the County of Kildare, Ireland 1995 to date. Director of the Medical Bureau of Road Safety, Dublin, Ireland 1997 to date. President, Coroners Society of Ireland 2008-2010. Member of the Medico-Legal Society of Ireland since 1987. 

Immediate Past President: Ms Dolores Keane BL 
Ms Keane BL is a practicing barrister. She graduated with a BA in Economics and Politics and an MSc (Econ) in European Affairs from University College Dublin. She also pursued further studies at Marquette University, Milwaukee, USA in Medical Science. She attended Kings Inns and was called to the Bar in 2000. She has lectured on the Degree Course at Kings Inns, developed its Continuing Professional Development programme and is the examiner for the Legal and Regulatory Aspects of Compliance Course for the Institute of Bankers, University College Dublin. She specialises in medical/healthcare law and pharmaceutical/medical device law. 

Honorary Secretary: Ms Elizabeth Doyle Fleming
Ms. Doyle Fleming is a chartered occupational safety and health practitioner. She became a chartered member of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health in 2005. She specialises in OSH Risk Management and OSH education at third level. She lectured in occupational safety and health at the Centre for Safety and Health at Work, University College Dublin and continues to be involved academically. With a professional background in the aviation industry, she is a founding member and an honorary life member of the European Aviation Group of Occupational Safety and Health. She joined the Medico- Legal Society of Ireland in 2006, was elected to Council in 2010 and nominated as Honorary Secretary in 2011 and re elected in 2014 to date. 

Honorary Treasurer: Dr. Carlos McDowell 
Dr. McDowell is a graduate of medicine from Trinity College, Dublin [1973] and specialised in Anaesthesia & Intensive Care Medicine, graduating with Fellowships from both the Irish and London Colleges of Anaesthesia. She worked as a consultant in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda for 29 years. Since retiring from hospital work, she is currently working part-time with the Turf Club and Irish Racecourses – pre-hospital trauma. Dr McDowell was nominated and elected as Hon. Treasurer at the Society’s AGM in June 2014. 

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