Specialist Division - Anaesthesiology

Candidates nominated in the Specialist Division – Anaesthesia are as follows:

Dr Suzanne Crowe (Registration Number: 19051)
Professor Ellen O’Sullivan (Registration Number: 17468)
Dr Eleanor O’Leary (Registration Number :778)

The biographies below were supplied by the candidates.

Dr Suzanne Crowe MB MSc FFARCSI FJFICMI (Registration Number: 19051)

Suzanne Crowe

I am a Consultant in Pediatric Intensive Care Medicine at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin (OLCHC). Originally from Bray, Co. Wicklow, I qualified from Trinity College Dublin in 1995 and after interning in the Meath and Adelaide Hospitals, commenced postgraduate training in Anaesthesiology with the College of Anaesthesiologists in Ireland.

On completion of training in Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care in 2004, I worked as a Fellow in Pediatric Intensive Care at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne and finished my Masters in Perioperative Care.

My career then took me to Tallaght Hospital in Dublin, where I was a Consultant Anaesthesiologist with a special interest in Pediatrics for 9 years. In 2014 I took up a post in Pediatric Intensive Care in OLCHC and am currently Medical Director of PICU. During the last 15 years, I have also practiced as a Consultant Anaesthesiologist in the Blackrock Clinic, Hermitage Clinic and Beacon Hospital.

My clinical and academic interests are in Bereavement Studies, Palliative Care in PICU and Compassion Fatigue.

I have been fortunate to be Clinical Tutor for the College of Anaesthetists for the past 10 years in Tallaght Hospital and OLCHC, where I have mentored and encouraged many anaesthesiologists in training. I am clinical examiner for final year medical students, and Senior Lecturer in Pediatrics with TCD. Through collaboration with my colleagues, I have published over 50 peer- reviewed papers, book chapters and reviews. At home, I have the support of my husband, our four children, two dogs and a rather bad-tempered parrot.

I hope to bring my experience of communication and mediation with families in stressful situations to my work in the Medical Council, where I would like to contribute to both the promotion of safe medical care for patients, and advocacy for the role of the medical practitioner.

Professor Ellen O’Sullivan MB BCH BAO (NUI), FRCA (UK), FCAI, FCPSP (Hon) (Registration Number: 17468)

Ellen O'SullivanA UCC graduate I trained in UK and USA returning to Ireland to become a consultant anaesthesiologist at St James’s Hospital Dublin in 1999. I served as clinical director of Anaesthesiology & ICU for 3 years. Clinically I have developed a worldwide reputation in airway management with a substantial portfolio of clinically relevant research. I have co-delivered high profile projects with significant impact for patients and the public. I was elected President of the Difficult Airway Society UK & Ireland, one of the largest specialist societies worldwide and appointed a Clinical Professor of Anaesthesiology in 2015.

I have a passion for education and training and was twice elected to the College of Anaesthesiologists of Ireland becoming the President in 2012. I am presently Chair of the Forum of Postgraduate Medical Training Bodies and regularly interact with the Medical Council on training, education and professional issues. I am confident at navigating the interface between professional bodies, regulators and the doctors of all specialities that they support, regulate, educate and advise.

My previous roles, including Difficult Airway Society (President), Association of Anaesthesiologists of GB & Ireland (Vice-President), European Board Anaesthesiology (UEMS) (Treasurer & Secretary) College of Anaesthesiologists of Ireland (President) and my present roles, Forum Chair, and elected member of the Royal College of Anaesthesiologists, UK, have equipped me with the professional experience and leadership skills necessary for this important position. I have a strong track record in successful delivery of innovative solutions to highly complex strategic projects.

I am an active clinician, educator and strategic leader in medicine at local, national and international level. If elected I would continue to work tirelessly to improve training quality, patient safety and professional standards whilst striving to ensure that doctors have a voice in the important decisions that face our profession.

Dr Eleanor O’Leary (Registration Number :778)

Eleanor O'LearyI believe the Medical Council should both protect the public and support Doctors. In supporting our medical colleagues, it strengthens its ability to protect patients. We all believe poorly performing doctors should be held to account but this should not be by way of harassment of the profession. There is a balance to be struck between fairness and trial by media.

A disciplinary process should exist within hospitals in conjunction with training bodies to deal with complaints against non-consultant hospital doctors in the first instance. Poor professional performance should be investigated by college competency schemes. Referral to the Medical Council should only occur in the gravest of circumstances.

Notwithstanding that any investigation by the Medical Council should be robust and there has to be due process. The investigative process needs to be more streamlined and efficient as the majority of doctors under investigation are ultimately found to have no case to answer.

All doctors under investigation should be treated with dignity and respect.

Overseas doctors have a higher rate of referral to the MC. There needs to be greater emphasis on integration into a new working environment with an initial training and orientation period to allow this to occur.

I am experienced in clinical and managerial leadership, dealing with doctors and hospital management, patient complaints, managing departments and complex decision making.

  • 1983 MB, BCh, BAO University College Galway
  • 1990 Fellow of Faculty of Anaesthetists (FFARCSI)
  • 1993 completion of higher specialist training - CST awarded
  • 1993 Lecturer in Anaesthesia Beaumont Hospital /RCSI
  • 1995-6 Senior Lecturer /Consultant in Anaesthesia St Georges/ Hospital London
  • 1996 Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care University Hospital Galway
  • 2010 Consultant in Anaesthesia Tallaght Hospital Dublin
  • 1995 elected to Council of College of Anaesthetists(CAI) in Ireland
  • Secretary, then Chair of the Training Committee CAI 
  • 2008 - 2014 Director of Training / Vice Dean CAI.
  • During my tenure as Vice Dean I was responsible, with my colleagues, for the introduction of the new shortened structured training programme - an innovative change in Irish postgraduate training.
  • 2013 - Co- Chair of the Anaesthetic Department Tallaght Hospital
  • 2015-2017 Clinical Director(CD) Perioperative Directorate, Tallaght Hospital
  • During my tenure as CD, I was a member of -
    • SIMT (Serious Incident Management Team).
    • SIMT reviews critical incidents on a fact finding as opposed to a fault finding exercise with an ultimate goal of improving patient safety.
    • QRSM (Quality Risk Safety Management) 
    • Hospital Mortality Committee

I believe that open disclosure and non-adversarial investigation will improve patient safety and outcomes.

Doctors must maintain trust and believe in their regulatory body.