David de Berker
Dr Sarah O'Connell
Dr Sarah O’Connell obtained her medical degree from University College Cork in 2007 and completed Higher Specialist Training in Infectious Diseases and General Internal Medicine with the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland in 2015. In 2018 she was awarded MD in Clinical Medicine in the area of Blood Borne Virus Screening and Disease Epidemiology with Trinity College Dublin. Dr O’Connell was awarded MRCPI in 2009 and FRCPI in 2018. She is Adjunct Senior Clinical Lecturer in Medicine at the University of Limerick Graduate Entry Medical School. She was appointed as Consultant in Infectious Disease and General Internal Medicine at University Hospital Limerick in 2017 and was appointed Associated Clinical Director in Medicine in 2019. She is currently the Regional Clinical Lead for the National OPAT Programme. Dr O’Connell has undertaken partnered research involving a broad range of stakeholders including community health professionals, hospital physicians, policy makers and community organisations. She has published in the areas of novel blood borne virus screening strategies, HIV disease epidemiology and general infectious disease topics including babesiosis and tick-borne diseases. Her translational research and data submission has contributed to both National and International clinical practice guidelines including British HIV Association guidelines, NICE guidelines and European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) reports. She is a member of the HSE National HIV Testing Guidelines steering committee. She was Clinical Lead for the Emergency Department Viral Screening Programme at St James Hospital, Dublin; the first screening programme of its kind internationally. Dr O’Connell has presented her research work widely at international conferences and was Invited Speaker at International lectures including the Liverpool Institute of Infection and Global Health 21st Century Research Seminar Series. She led an Infectious Disease Quality Improvement Programme at St James’s Hospital in collaboration with Dartmouth University, New Hampshire and her clinical interests include the use of a quality improvement framework to develop a safe and effective clinical Infectious Disease service.
Anne Marie Tobin
Dr Sarah Walsh
Dr Sarah Walsh is a consultant dermatologist working at King’s College Hospital in London. She completed her training in Ireland at University College Cork, and post-graduate training in Edinburgh and Glasgow, before migrating to the south-east of England for her consultant post, in search of drier weather for her tennis. Her primary clinical and research interest is severe cutaneous adverse reactions (SCAR), and she is a contributing member of the UK severe drug reaction registry, SCAR UK. She has considerable clinical experience of caring for patients with severe drug reactions admitted to King’s, and has authored chapters on the topic in major textbooks including the Oxford Textbook of Medicine and the Rook Textbook of Dermatology. She is the dermatologist responsible for the tertiary referral sarcoidosis service at King’s, working alongside respiratory, neurology, rheumatology and ophthalmology colleagues. She runs the female genital skin clinic. She is a member of the Guideline writing group for Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis at the British Association of Dermatologists, published in 2016. In 2016/2017, inspired by work done previously at Harvard Medical School, she, Chris Griffiths and Helen Young established very popular visual literacy courses for dermatology registrars in London and Manchester respectively. Encouraged by the response, they then organised a course for specialists in this same discipline under the auspices of the EADV. When not occupied with matters dermatological, she plays tennis fanatically, and is the mixed team captain at her tennis club in London. She is the dermatology representative on the organising committee of Doctors’ Updates, which organises a unique, multidisciplinary conference in Val d’Isere annually, for dermatologists, general practitioners, plastic surgeons, anaesthetists, orthopaedic surgeons and radiologists.