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Professor Fionnuala Breathnach

Posted by on Feb 25, 2013 in Gynaecologists, Obstetricians | 0 comments

Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Associate Professor in Maternal Fetal Medicine RCSI

As a certified specialist in Maternal Fetal Medicine at the Rotunda, Professor Breathnach’s practice focuses on obstetric care, particularly on obstetric ultrasound. Her clinical areas of interest include high risk pregnancy, prenatal screening and diagnosis, and twin pregnancy. Her practice offers prenatal screening for chromosomal abnormality, prenatal diagnostic techniques including amniocentesis, chorionic villus sampling (CVS), Non-invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT) and advanced prenatal ultrasound services.

She is the lead obstetrician in the combined obstetric-endocrine service at the Rotunda. Together with a consultant specialist endocrinologist, dietician and specialist midwives, this team provides coordinated prenatal and postnatal care for women with diabetes in pregnancy. She completed her doctorate thesis on thyroid function in pregnancy.

Fionnuala also offers integrated prenatal care to women whose pregnancies have been complicated by a prenatal diagnosis of fetal congenital heart disease. This service is coordinated with our paediatric cardiology colleagues in Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin. Professor Breathnach graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 1997. She pursued higher specialist training in obstetrics and gynaecology at the Rotunda Hospital, Coombe Women and Infants’ University Hospital and St. James’s Hospital in Dublin. She worked as assistant master at the Rotunda from 2004 to 2005 before completing a maternal fetal medicine fellowship programme in the Rotunda Hospital and in Columbia University Medical Center, New York.

The recipient of several research awards, she has published and presented internationally on endocrine disease in pregnancy, prenatal diagnosis and prenatal screening for fetal abnormality. She is the lead researcher on a multicentre national study on twin pregnancy in Ireland. As Associate Professor in Maternal Fetal Medicine with the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, she is involved in research and medical education at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Professor Breathnach sees women for prenatal care and for pre-conception consultation in her office in the RCSI unit on the Rotunda Hospital campus (Tel: 01 4022540; email
She is married and has four children.

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Dr Naomi Burke

Posted by on Feb 24, 2013 in Gynaecologists, Obstetricians | 0 comments

Naomi Burke is a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist in the Rotunda Hospital and Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown. She obtained her medical degree from Trinity College in 2006. She completed her specialist training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in the Rotunda Hospital, Galway University Hospital, St. James’ Hospital and worked as Assistant Master in the Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital. She worked as a clinical lecturer for the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. She developed an interest in post graduate medical education throughout her career. Dr Burke has presented research work both nationally and internationally. She carried out research into platelet function in pregnancy and was lead researcher for Perinatal Ireland which carried out a large multi-centre project to predict the risk of Caesarean Section. Her clinical interests include; labour ward obstetrics and medical and surgical management of benign gynaecological conditions including abnormal uterine bleeding, fibroids, urinary incontinence and pelvic floor prolapse.

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Dr Kushal Chummun

Posted by on Feb 24, 2013 in Gynaecologists, Obstetricians | 0 comments

Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Dr Kushal Chummun is a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist in the Rotunda and Connolly Hospital. Dr Kushal provides a general obstetric and a wide range of benign gynaecology service. His area of expertise is minimally invasive gynaecology surgery which provides less pain, quicker recovery and shorter hospital stay. He is also a certified colposcopist and robotic gynaecology surgeon.

Dr Kushal qualified in UCD in 2004. Following his internship he did a postgraduate Master of Science degree with the Conway Institute of Biomolecular and Biomedical Research Centre in UCD and also tutored anatomy. He was awarded first class honours and the Coombe Masters research medal. He has throughout his career been involved in research and teaching which as he says “keeps him constantly up to date with changes and advances in medicine”. He also has a number of publications in reputable peer reviewed journals.

Dr Kushal has successfully completed his specialist training in the highly competitive Irish training scheme and has worked in a number of hospitals across the country including the 4 busiest maternity hospitals namely the Rotunda, National Maternity, Coombe Women and Infants University and Cork University Maternity Hospitals where he has gained significant experience managing all aspects of pregnancy.

He also did a fellowship in advance pelvic surgery and gynaecology laparoscopy in the Mater Hospital and was trained in robotic gynaecology surgery in Cork University Maternity Hospital. As part of his dedication to gynaecology and especially minimally invasive surgery he has taken courses and observership programs in Detroit, Sydney and London.

Dr Kushal is married to Helena who is a labour ward midwife manager. Looking after women in labour is a routine insightful discussion at home. They have a son called Rio.

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Dr Geraldine Connolly

Posted by on Feb 24, 2013 in Gynaecologists, Obstetricians | 0 comments

mod_gcObstetrician / Gynaecologist
Consultant in Obstetrics & Gynaecology

Geraldine Connolly qualified from UCD in 1986. She trained in obstetrics and gynaecology in Dublin and Cambridge, UK. Following a short period as consultant in obs and gynae in Mayo General Hospital in Castlebar, she took up post as consultant in the Rotunda and the Children’s University Hospital, (CUH) Temple St in 2004.

Dr Connolly is mainly based in the Rotunda where she practises general obstetrics and gynaecology. She has an interest in recurrent pregnancy loss and sees many patients for obstetric care who have had a miscarriage in the past. She has established a Teenage Pregnancy clinic in the Rotunda which caters for teenagers up to 17 years of age. This provides a dedicated obstetrician, midwife and social worker at the clinic. Specific antenatal classes have been established for this group which concentrates on general health measures including nutrition and sexual health education. Post-natal follow up is also provided with an emphasis on providing contraception.

In CUH, Temple St, Dr Connolly provides a paediatric gynaecology service. She set up and Runs the Adolescent Gynae Clinic in the Rotunda Hospital.

If you would like to make an appointment please contact my secretary Ciara on mobile no (085 780 3569) or direct dial (01 828 9505)

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Dr Sharon Cooley

Posted by on Feb 23, 2013 in Gynaecologists, Obstetricians | 0 comments

IMG_4552---Sharon-CooleyDr Sharon Cooley is a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist and lead audit clinician for the hospital. Her main clinical areas of interest are obstetric ultrasound and prenatal diagnosis, early pregnancy loss, recurrent pregnancy loss, obstetric haematology care, maternal medicine and general obstetric care. She also runs a general gynaecology service.

Sharon leads the obstetric haematology service in the Rotunda with Dr Fionnuala Ní Áinle, consultant haematologist. She is also lead clinician for the early pregnancy service and the recurrent pregnancy loss clinic since 2012. Sharon is involved in ongoing research and audit in the Rotunda and has a number of major research projects currently underway in the area of maternal fetal medicine. She has also collaborated with international research.

Sharon graduated from the National University of Ireland Galway in 1997 and has worked as a lecturer for Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland as well as an honorary lecturer for the University of Birmingham. She maintains an active role in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching.

She completed an award winning doctorate in clotting disorders in pregnancy and has received many academic awards at both national and international scientific meetings. She has trained nationally and internationally and returned to the Rotunda as assistant master in 2008.

Sharon is a member of the executive for the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Ireland and a member of the working party for the National Clinical Advisory Group, responsible for the development of national evidence based guidelines for obstetrics and gynaecology in Ireland.

She is married with three children.

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