Dr Elizabeth Keane

Dr Elizabeth Keane



Dr Elizabeth Keane, Adjunct Professor / Consultant in Public Health Medicine


Dr. Elizabeth Keane is a Consultant in Public Health Medicine and was appointed first Director of Public Health for Cork and Kerry in 1995.

Dr. Keane received a medical degree from UCC in 1980 and trained in acute hospital medicine for 5 years as a foundation for a career in Public Health.  She received a Masters in Public Health in UCD in 1986 and following Higher Specialist Training in Public Health Medicine was appointed Senior Area Medical Officer and then A/Director of Community Care / Medical Officer of Health in Cork in 1993 before being appointed to her current post in 1995.

Her main areas of interest include health status epidemiology; the public health aspects of bloodborne visues; international health regulations involving port health and emergency management.

Dr. Keane was appointed part-time lecturer in the Department of Social & Preventive Medicine in UCC in 1989 and acting head of the Department from 1992 – 1996.  She currently holds a Senior Lecturer post in the School of Public Health in UCC.

Dr. Keane obtained Membership of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians in 1989 and has been a Fellow of the Faculty since 1995.

She has been a member of the Board of the Faculty from 1997 – 2006 and 2011 to the present and is currently Vice-Dean of the Faculty.  Dr. Keane has chaired the Educational and Examination Committee of the Faculty since 2008.

In addition, she has been Convenor of the Part I of the Membership Examination since 2000 and is also an Examiner of the Part II.  Dr. Keane participates in the Education Committee of the UK Faculty of Public Health and is an external quality assessor for the UK Part A examinations.

Dr. Keane has served on a number of boards both statutory and non-statutory including the National Cancer Registry Chairperson (1997-2002, 2002-2007), the Irish Blood Transfusion Board (2000-2006) Interim Health Information and Quality Authority (2005 – 2007), Irish Medicines Board (2012 - ), Member and Chair of Board of National Disease Surveillance Centre (now Health Protection Surveillance Centre) (1998 – 2003).

She has also served on many national advisory groups including the National Suicide Task Force (1995 – 1997), National Advisory Committee on Palliative Care (1997 – 2001), International Health Regulations (2007 to present  ), Guidelines for Management of Deceased Persons harbouring infectious disease; National Port Health Group; National Advisory Group on Prevention of Blood Borne Viruses; Steering Group on Diabetes; National Flu Pandemic Expert Group; National Hepatitis Working Group and National Working Group on STI’s.

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