University College Cork appointed Professor Michael M. Maher as the first Chair of Radiology in 2005. An attending radiologist in Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Professor Maher returned to Ireland and developed the new Department of Radiology in UCC. The Department was founded in recognition of the pivotal role that radiology/medical imaging now plays in medical diagnosis and patient management. UCC School of Medicine has acknowledged that it is imperative that radiology be integrated into the undergraduate medical curriculum. Dr. Seán McSweeney was appointed the first radiology lecturer in 2007. In 2011, Dr. Owen O'Connor was appointed as Senior lecturer in Radiology at UCC. Teaching is based at UCC main campus, Brookfield Health Sciences Complex and at UCC affiliated teaching hospitals throughout the Munster region.
UCC Department of Radiology is committed to:
Promotion and development of academic radiology at University College Cork and its affiliated teaching hospitals.
Development of cutting-edge education programmes using evolving digital technologies which will integrate radiology and diagnostic imaging into the mainstream of undergraduate medical education.
Development of high quality clinical research programs within UCC affiliated radiology departments and, in collaboration with clinical colleagues, enhancing research opportunities at UCC and postgraduate training.
Promotion of the speciality of radiology and to highlight the requirement for state-of-the-art imaging equipment and facilities to enhance patient care at our hospitals.
Progress in achieving these goals has been realised through excellent administrative input, on-going support from clinical radiologists at the UCC affiliated teaching hospitals, recruitment of hightly motivated lecturers, and the development of close collaborative relationships with:
- Clinical and academic departments with UCC (Anatomy, Medicine, Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynaecology)
- Other faculties within UCC, including the Schools of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science,
- Leading UCC Research Institutes (the APC Microbiome Institute and the Tyndall Institute)
- International academics
- Industry (General Electric Healthcare)
Funding for research programmes has been secured from the European Union (Marie Curie Reintegration Grant of €120,000), the Science Foundation of Ireland in association with General Electric Healthcare (€500,000) and the Health Research Board (€100,000 towards the purchase of a 64 slice multi-detector CT scanner). UCC recently contributed €200,000 towards the purchase of a 3T MRI scanner at Cork University Hospital.
Presently, the Departmental staff consists of: Professor Michael Maher, Dr. Owen O' Connor (senior lecturer), Dr. Fiachra Moloney (lecturer and 5th year radiology specialist registrar), Dr. Siobhán O' Neill (PhD student and 5th year radiology specialist registrar), Ms. Marian Bourke (administrator).