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Officers 2017 – 2019

President: Ms. Elizabeth Doyle Fleming BSc OSH, CMIOSH MIES is a chartered occupational safety and health (OSH) practitioner since 2005 with the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health. She specialises in OSH Risk Management and OSH education at third level.  She lectured in occupational safety and health at the Centre for Safety and Health at Work, University College Dublin and continues to be involved academically. With a professional background in the aviation industry, she is a founding member and an honorary life member of the European Aviation Group of Occupational Safety and Health.  She joined the Medico-Legal Society of Ireland in 2006, was elected to Council in 2010 and nominated as Honorary Secretary in 2011 and re-elected each year to 2017. Liz was proposed and elected as President of the Society in June 2017.

Immediate Past President (2015-2017):  Prof. Denis Cusack FRCPI, FFFLM, FCLM, FCIArb, Barrister-at-Law.
Practitioner in medicine (General Internal Medicine and Diabetes/Endocrinology) in Ireland and the USA and practitioner as Barrister at the Bar of Ireland with current practice in the specialty of Forensic and Legal Medicine. Professor and Head of Subject of Forensic & Legal Medicine, School of Medicine and  Medical Science, University College Dublin,  1999 to date. Professor of Forensic & Legal Medicine Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland/UCD at Penang Medical College, Malaysia 2000 to date. Coroner for the County of Kildare, Ireland 1995 to date. Director of the Medical Bureau of Road Safety, Dublin, Ireland 1997 to date. President, Coroners Society of Ireland 2008-2010. Member of the Medico-Legal Society of Ireland since 1987. He was elected President of the Medico-Legal Society in 2015 and held the position until June 2017.

Honorary Secretary: Dr Norella Broderick BL is a graduate of UCD in law, was called to the Bar in 2005, and later continued her studies at UCD, qualifying in medicine in 2008. She worked with the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse (Ryan Commission), and as a Professional Support Lawyer with Matheson Ormsby Prentice (now Matheson), prior to returning to academia. She is currently a trainee on the SVUH/SJOG/UCD Psychiatry BST. Dr Broderick's key interests lie in the areas of neuropsychiatry, medical law and medical ethics. She was elected Hon. Secretary of the Society in June 2017.

Honorary Treasurer:  Dr. Carlos McDowell  is a graduate of medicine from Trinity College, Dublin [1973] and specialised in Anaesthesia & Intensive Care Medicine, graduating with Fellowships from both the Irish and London Colleges of Anaesthesia. She worked as a consultant in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda for 29 years. Since retiring from hospital work, she is currently working part-time with the Turf Club and Irish Racecourses – pre-hospital trauma. Dr McDowell was nominated and elected as Hon. Treasurer at the Society’s AGM in June 2014 and re-elected each year to date.


Officers 2015 – 2017

President: Prof. Denis Cusack FRCPI, FFFLM, FCLM, FCIArb, Barrister-at-Law

Practitioner in medicine (General Internal Medicine and Diabetes/Endocrinology) in Ireland and the USA and practitioner as Barrister at the Bar of Ireland with current practice in the specialty of Forensic and Legal Medicine. Professor and Head of Subject of Forensic & Legal Medicine, School of Medicine and Medical Science, University College Dublin, 1999 to date. Professor of Forensic & Legal Medicine Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland/UCD at Penang Medical College, Malaysia 2000 to date. Coroner for the County of Kildare, Ireland 1995 to date. Director of the Medical Bureau of Road Safety, Dublin, Ireland 1997 to date. President, Coroners Society of Ireland 2008-2010. Member of the Medico-Legal Society of Ireland since 1987. 

Immediate Past President: Ms Dolores Keane BL 
Ms Keane is a practicing barrister. She graduated with a BA in Economics and Politics and an MSc (Econ) in European Affairs from University College Dublin. She also pursued further studies at Marquette University, Milwaukee, USA in Medical Science. She attended Kings Inns and was called to the Bar in 2000. She has lectured on the Degree Course at Kings Inns, developed its Continuing Professional Development programme and is the examiner for the Legal and Regulatory Aspects of Compliance Course for the Institute of Bankers, University College Dublin. She specialises in medical/healthcare law and pharmaceutical/medical device law. 

Honorary Secretary: Ms Elizabeth Doyle 
Ms. Doyle Fleming is a chartered occupational safety and health practitioner. She became a chartered member of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health in 2005. She specialises in OSH risk management and OSH education. She lectured in occupational safety and health at the Centre for Safety and Health at Work, University College Dublin and continues to be involved academically. With a professional background in the aviation industry, she is a founding member and an honorary life member of the European Aviation Group of Occupational Safety and Health. She joined the Medico- Legal Society of Ireland in 2006, was elected to Council in 2010 and nominated as Honorary Secretary in 2011 and re elected in 2014. 

Honorary Treasurer: Dr. Carlos McDowell 
Dr. McDowell is a graduate of medicine from Trinity College, Dublin [1973] and specialised in Anaesthesia & Intensive Care Medicine, graduating with Fellowships from both the Irish and London Colleges of Anaesthesia. She worked as a consultant in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda for 29 years. Since retiring from hospital work, she is currently working part-time with the Turf Club and Irish Racecourses – pre-hospital trauma. Dr McDowell was nominated and elected as Hon. Treasurer at the Society’s AGM in June 2014. 

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