19 June 2017
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Dr Eamonn Shanahan, Honorary Secretary & Chair of the PGTC

Dr Eamonn Shanahan has worked in rural general practice in Kerry since 1986, is a graduate of UCC in 1982 and undertook GP training with the Cork Vocational Training Scheme, under Prof Bill Shannon.

Eamonn works in a purpose built health centre with three partners, close to where he grew up and is the third generation, of four, general practitioners.

The practice has had a generational commitment to education and teaching, at undergraduate, graduate entry and postgraduate level.

He has been involved with the Kerry Faculty since its inception.

Dr Shanahan's clinical interests are in chronic disease management, specifically asthma, COPD, diabetes, chronic renal and cardiac failure. He is particularly interested in a whole of person approach to these conditions, recognising in many cases there is multi-morbidity.

He believes strongly in behavioural modification at the level of the individual, family, local community and nationally as the only means to truly manage these conditions, and recognises the crucial role general practitioners have in being clinical leaders in the community.

To bring about changes in public attitudes to health, he has presented "Health Matters", a weekly medical programme on Radio Kerry since 1990.

A lapsed private pilot, he has had an interest in transport and transport medicine, being an aviation medical examiner and holding a Certificate in Traffic Medicine.

Previous Roles & Posts

  • Chair, Kerry Faculty, 1990 – 1993, and involved in the Faculty since.
  • Chair, ICGP Membership Committee, 1993 – 1996.
  • Chair, ICGP Council and Executive, 2004 – 2007.
  • Chair, ICGP National VTS Steering Committee, 2006 – 2008.
  • Chair Health One User Group, 2007 – 2017.
  • GP trainer since 1990. Founder member, active trainer and former chairman of the steering committee of the South West Training Programme in General Practice, 2007 to date.
  • Member, Medical Committee Asthma Society of Ireland, 2008 -2014.
  • Provost, RCGP Republic of Ireland Faculty, 2009 – 2012.
  • RCGP, Faculty Fellowship Lead, ROI Faculty, 2012 – 2017.
  • RCGP, Republic of Ireland Representative Council, 2013 – 2017.
  • Chair, ICGP Certification Committee, 2013 to date.
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