Board of Directors - St. James's Hospital Foundation Board of Directors - St. James's Hospital Foundation

Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Jim Meaney

James FM Meaney


James Meaney is a Consultant Radiologist at St. James’s Hospital and a Clinical Professor in Trinity College Dublin. He is director of CAMI, the Centre for Advanced Medical Imaging, President of BioSoc and Chairman of The St. James’s Charitable Foundation. He is also President of the Irish Watch Club.


He has published over 80 papers in peer reviewed international journals and owns 8 patents related to MRI technology. He has published 2 textbooks, numerous chapters and three radiology educational Apps.


Prof. Meaney believes that St. James’s, the major teaching hospital of TCD, will be the pre-eminent force in Irish Medicine over the next 50 years. Through the Foundation, he aims to increase the profile of the Academic Medical Centre and solicit donations that will improve patient care in a strong academic setting.

Fintan Cooney


Fintan Cooney has been on the board of directors for St James’s Hospital Foundation since 2010.

He is a Funeral Director with Fanagans since 2013. Previously he worked in the advertising industry for over 25 years, most recently as shareholder and Client Service Director of Chemistry.

Fintan is also Chairman of CopyClear – an independent body which pre-clears alcohol advertising.

Fintan Cooney - Director - St .James' Hospital Foundation
Brian Fitzgerald director

Brian Fitzgerald


Brian Fitzgerald joined Beacon Hospital as Deputy CEO from St. James’s Hospital where he was the Chief Executive and Director of Finance. He is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and holds an MBA from UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School. He also holds the position of Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Centre of Health Policy and Management at Trinity College Dublin’s School of Medicine.

Dr Ross Murphy


Dr Ross Murphy MD, MSc, FRCPI, is a graduate of RCSI. He trained in Dublin, at St George’s Hospital , London, the Heart Hospital, London and at The Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, USA. He has been a Consultant Cardiologist at St. James’s Hospital, Dublin and  Clinical Senior Lecturer at TCD since 2006.  His special interests include cardiac imaging and valve disease, Cardiac CT, and his research interests include the genetics of cardiomyopathy, newer echo modalities, and the vascular biology of coronary plaque.

Ross Murphy | St. James's Hospital Foundation
Paul McCormack | Board Director | St. James's Hospital Foundation

Paul McCormack


Paul is a Consultant General and Colorectal Surgeon in St James’s Hospital and a senior lecturer at Trinity College Dublin and a Senior Lecturer in Postgraduate Training in the R.C.S.I.  He qualified from Trinity College, Dublin and St. James’s in 1997 and he then undertook basic surgical training. Following a research MD in Beaumont Hospital he completed higher surgical training in general and colorectal surgery in Ireland. He then undertook sub-specialist training in advanced laparoscopic colorectal surgery in the Royal Brisbane and Womens’ hospital in Australia prior to returning to St. James as a consultant in 2010. He has published nationally and internationally regarding his subspecialist interests in laparoscopic surgery for colorectal cancer and inflammatory bowel disease. He lives in Dublin with his wife and two young children.

Dr. Dearbhaile O’Donnell


Dr. Dearbhaile O’Donnell specialised in medical oncology while pursuing cancer immunology research through a UK Clinician Scientist award. She later became a Senior Lecturer in Medical Oncology in Leeds. She now treats patients with gynaecological and urological cancers in St. James’s Hospital Dublin, and is the Director of the Cancer Clinical Trails Office. She is on the board of directors of the Gynaecological Cancer Intergroup and also on the board of the Royal Irish Academy of Music.

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Prof Donald Weir


Donald Weir born in 1934, was educated in Northern Ireland and Scotland before qualifying in TCD (1958). Having served as Lecturer in Clinical Medicine with Professor Peter Gatenby in the Meath Hospital (1954-58). He was appointed as Gastro Enterologist to the FDVH in Sir Patrick Duns Hospital (1958 – 82) He performed the first Gastroscopy in Ireland and started the first Outpatient Endoscopy Clinic at this time. He was also very much involved with the move to St James Hospital (SJH), both as a member of the FDVH Central Council and as Chairman of its Medical Committee.


He was appointed as Regius Professor of Physic in TCD (1978) and head of the Department of Clinical Medicine (1982) when he moved to SJH in 1982. He was closely involved with the building of the SPDH Research Laboratories (1983), using the funds accruing from the sale of the SPDH Nurses Home. Subsequently he aided the construction of the TCD Medical School Building at SJH using the funds from the sale of SPDH (1988). He was especially proud of the construction of the Bucket Lecture Theatre which greatly enhanced the value of the hospital grand rounds on Friday mornings and the Undergraduate Lectures.


During his tenure as Head of the Dept. of Clin Med at SJH (1982 – 1998), he held Clinical Research meetings every Monday in the Post Graduate Centre of the Medical School Building, which included everyone working in the SPDH Laboratories and the Hospital Medical Staff. Throughout his time at SJH he served on the board of the hospital under the chair of Professor Ian Howie. This enabled him to act as a conduit between the Medical Staff and the Board.


The Research conducted by his Department covered two major areas:

1) The mechanism of Folate metabolism which demonstrated the pathogenesis of Spina Bifida birth defects which showed the necessity of the maternal intake of folate before they became pregnant, the cause of the Neuropathy caused by Vitamin B12 deficiency, and the association of Colonic Mucosal folate deficiency and Colonic Cancer. This work was conducted with Professors John Scott and Ann Molloy, biochemists in TCD.

2) The pathogenesis of Coeliac Disease with Professors Con Feighery, Cliona O`Farrelly and Alex Whelan.


Since his retirement, Professor Weir has been closely involved with the SJH Foundation both as the Chairman of its board for four years and subsequently raising funds to support its hospital projects.

Donald Weir
Tom Mitchell

Prof Tom Mitchell


Tom Mitchell was Provost of Trinity College Dublin from 1991 to 2001, Chair of its School of Classics from 1979 to 1988 and also served in senior administrative positions before becoming the Provost. Early in his career, he was Professor of Classics at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania and returned to the Republic of Ireland as Professor of Latin at Trinity College in 1979.


He has received acclaim for his work on Cicero and Roman Republicanism. Professor Mitchell is the author of three books and more than 25 articles in international journals on Roman, political and social history, and Roman constitutional law. His two-volume biography of Cicero, entitled Cicero: The Ascending Years and Cicero the Senior Statesman, has been described as a monumental work of biography.


Professor Mitchell is the former Chairman of the boards of St. James’s Hospital, the Ireland National Children’s Trust, and The Irish Council for Science, Engineering and Technology. He chaired the Press Industry Steering Committee to develop a model for independent complaints about the press and served as the first Chairman of the Press Council of Ireland. Professor Mitchell was a Director of the Trinity Foundation, the Community Foundation for Ireland and The Ireland Funds.


He is a member of the Royal Irish Academy and the American Philosophical Society, and holds honorary doctorates from eight universities, including the National University of Ireland, Charles University in Prague, the State University of New York and Victoria University, Melbourne. His other awards include election as a Fellow of Oriel College, Oxford, and of St. John’s College, Cambridge.


He graduated with first class honours with a B.A. and M.A. from University College Galway and earned a Ph.D. from Cornell University in New York and a Litt.D. from the University of Dublin.