Dr. Fergus McCarthy


Dr Fergus McCarthy is Senior Lecturer, Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Maternal Fetal Medicine Subspecialist in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University College Cork, Ireland.  He is one of the leading perinatal researchers in Ireland having received his PhD in 2012 for work investigating the aetiology and potential treatments for pre-eclampsia. Dr McCarthy also has a Masters in Epidemiology from the University of London and a Diploma in Clinical Education from the National University of Ireland, Galway.

He has over one hundred publications including a recently accepted first author publication in Circulation and co-author publications in JAMA Network Open, Hypertension and PLoS Medicine. Awards received include the Royal Academy of Medicine of Ireland Research award, the William Stokes Award from the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and the Harold Malkins award from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. In 2014, he received a Scholarship to attend the 64th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting as one of “600 most qualified young researchers” chosen internationally. Dr McCarthy completed an NIHR Clinical Academic Fellowship in King’s College London between 2014 and 2017 where he achieved his first independent major grant with the NIHR examining the postpartum cardiovascular effects of pre-eclampsia. This will be the largest postpartum echocardiography multicenter study conducted internationally and will report in October 2019.

Dr McCarthy also has established key collaboration with UCL, Farr Institute, NPEU in Oxford and the University of Oxford. He co-supervises a research team including seven PhD students and three Post-doctoral researchers. Dr McCarthy is also Treasurer of the International Society for the Study of Hypertension in Pregnancy, advisor to the Action for Pre-eclampsia Charity and representative of the RCOG Maternal Medicine (including Hypertensive Disease) Clinical Studies group since 2014.



Dr Fergus McCarthy

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

An Roinn Obstatraice agus Gínéiceolaíochta

Cork University Maternity Hospital, 5th Floor, Wilton, Cork, Ireland