RUMC Leadership


Professor David Whitford

President, CEO & Registrar RCSI & UCD Malaysia Campus (RUMC)

Professor David Whitford is the President & CEO of RCSI & UCD Malaysia Campus (formerly Penang Medical College). He joined RUMC having been a Professor in the Department of General Practice at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland(RCSI) since December 2014.

He graduated in Medicine from Cambridge and Newcastle Universities in the UK. He practised as a General Practitioner for 16 years in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. He was then awarded the Fellowship of the Royal College of General Practitioners in 1996, and a Doctorate from Cambridge University in 2003. In 2003, Professor Whitford took up a post in academic general practice in RCSI, Dublin.

He moved to Bahrain in 2006 where he established the community-based teaching in RCSI Bahrain as the Foundation Professor of General Practice. Later in 2012, he was appointed Head of the School of Postgraduate Studies and Research in RCSI Bahrain. His clinical and research interests are in Type 2 diabetes and the impact of socio-economic deprivation on health.

rumc leadership Professor David Whitford President, CEO & Registrar RCSI & UCD Malaysia Campus (RUMC)

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Professor Hannah McGee

Dean of the Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI)

Professor Hannah McGee is Dean of the Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences at RCSI. As RCSI’s chief academic officer, she is responsible for the quality of degree- awarding activities in Dublin and RCSI’s overseas campuses in Bahrain, Dubai and Malaysia.

Prof. McGee joined RCSI in 1987 as a Health Psychology Research Fellow. In 1997, she became Professor of Psychology and then, in 2006, the first Head of Population Health Sciences (PHS) at RCSI. She established RCSI's College-wide Research Ethics Committee in 1998.

She is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin in [BA (Mod) Physiology/Psychology] and holds a PhD in Psychology. In 2015, she was awarded a Doctor of Science (DSc) on published work by the National University of Ireland.

Some of her previous leadership roles include President of the Psychological Society of Ireland (1991-1992), President of the European Health Psychology Society (1998-2000), Chair of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Section, European Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (2008-2010) and Chair of the Council of Deans of Faculties with Medical Schools in Ireland (2011-13). She is also a fellow of the Psychological Society of Ireland, the European Health Psychology Society and the European Society of Cardiology.


Professor Michael Keane

Dean of Medicine & Head of School of Medicine University College Dublin

Professor Michael Keane was appointed Dean of Medicine and Head of UCD’s School of Medicine on September 1 st , 2018.

Prof Keane is a consultant respiratory physician and is currently Professor of Medicine and Therapeutics at St Vincent’s University Hospital where he holds the position of Clinical Director and also acting Chief Executive Officer.

Prof Keane graduated from UCD School of Medicine in 1989. Following his initial clinical training in Dublin, he moved to the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor where he undertook a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine in 1995. He subsequently took up a faculty position at the University of Michigan in 1998 and in 2000 moved to the University of California, Los Angeles where he was the Professor of Medicine and Programme Director for the UCLA Interstitial Lung Disease Center.

Professor Keane returned to UCD and St Vincent’s University Hospital in 2007 when he was appointed Professor of Medicine and Therapeutics and consultant respiratory physician. He established a Science Foundation Ireland- funded research group at the UCD Conway Institute and became Lead Clinical Coordinator for Lung Cancer Services within the St Vincent’s Healthcare Group.

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