Prof Owen Patrick Smith


Executive Director, Ireland East Hospital Group

Professor Owen Patrick Smith is Executive Director, Ireland East Hospital Group Genomics Directorate and Professor of Paediatric and Adolescent Medicine at UCD and National Clinical Lead for children, adolescent and Young adult cancer. Professor Smith also holds the title, Regius Professor of Physic (1637) in the School of Medicine, Trinity College Dublin and is Honorary Fellow of Trinity College Dublin.

Professor Smith entered Trinity College Dublin in 1976 to read Natural Sciences and graduated with a moderatorship in Biochemistry in 1980. He went on to graduate in Medicine from Trinity in 1985 and after 9 year postgraduate training at the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine and Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, University College London he was appointed Consultant Haematologist at the National Children’s and St James’s Hospitals, Dublin. Between 1995 and 1999 Professor Smith was successively lecturer in Haematology, senior lecturer in Haematology, before being appointed Professor of Haematology at the Faculty of Medical and Dental Sciences at Trinity College Dublin in 2002. Since 2002, Professor Smith has worked exclusively as a Consultant paediatric Haematologist at Our lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin.

Professor Smith is a principal investigator at the National Children’s Research Centre, Crumlin and Systems Biology Ireland, University College Dublin. His two main areas of research have focused on evidence-based randomised peer-reviewed haemato-oncology clinical trials with a focus on clinical questions within all domains of paediatric and adolescent blood and cancer and the elucidation of the relationship between the protein C activation pathway and systemic inflammatory response sepsis syndromes.

One of Professor Smiths’ major contributions to Irish medicine has been through the promotion of clinical research as evidenced by; a significant expansion of clinical paediatric scholarship with excellent research outputs, a strengthening of national and international academic collaborations, and the nurturing, education, and career development of the present generation of Irish consultant paediatric haematologists. In addition, Professor Smith’s has a strong record of championing significant national developments in child and adolescent health in Ireland over the two decades. For example, he was;

  1. Project director for the creation of National Centre for Hereditary Coagulation Disorders [1997 – 2001 / St. James’s Hospital]
  2. Project director of the National Paediatric Haematology-Oncology Programme [2002 – 2007 / Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin]
  3. Member of the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board [2009]
  4. Member of the Dolphin Review Group [on the National Children’s Hospital [2012]
  5. Special Advisor to the Children’s Hospital Group Board [2014 – 2017]
  6. Chairman of the National Genetic and Genomic Medicine Network Strategy Group [2015]
  7. Member of the Cancer Strategy 2017-2025 advising on child, adolescent and young adult cancers [2015-2016].
  8. Academic Lead of the Paediatric Academic Health Sciences Network of the Children’s Hospital Group.

The co-author of more than 350 research original articles, letters, books, book chapters and papers, Professor Smith is a Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, Royal College of Pathologists, Royal College of Physicians of Dublin, Royal College of Physicians London, Royal College of Physicians Glasgow, and Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh. He is a member of numerous associations and societies, including; the Medical Research Council Childhood Leukaemia Working Party, Children’s Oncology Group [USA], the International Berlin Frankfurt Munster Study Group for Childhood Leukaemia, the United Kingdom Children’s Cancer Group, European Working Group on paediatric aplastic anaemia and myelodysplastic syndromes. He is an international advocate for children and adolescents with rare diseases and for expanded access to expensive drugs

Professor Smith has received numerous awards throughout his career that have included; Presidents Prize of the Dublin University Biological Association in 1984 and 1985, Postgraduate Travelling Scholarship in Medicine, Sheppard Memorial Prize in Medicine and the Sir John Banks Medical in Medicine from Trinity College in 1991. He was the recipient of the Junior Chamber Ireland’s National Outstanding Young Person of the Year Award in the area of Scientific Development in 1998 and he delivered the 41st Graves Lecture and the 31st St Luke’s Lecture to the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland in 2001 and 2006 respectively. He was admitted to Honorary Fellowship of Trinity College Dublin in 2009 and was awarded Honorary Professorship title of Regius Professor of Physic (1637) in the School of Medicine, Trinity College Dublin in 2014.

In 2015 Professor Smith conferred honorary Commander in the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his life-long work on cancer in children and adolescents by Queen Elizabeth, on the advice of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

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