` Mary Ryan

Dr. Mary Ryan








Dr Mary Ryan graduated from Trinity College with an MB BCH BAO the Peter Shepherd Memorial Prize, Adelaide Travel Scholarship Award and Honours in the Foundation Scholarship where she specialized in female infertility. She later graduated with a MA and MD from Trinity College which she did on Diabet... read more

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She participated in a very popular public health education programme called “How long will you live” for four years on RTE and has made regular contributions to radio and television shows over the course of her career giving her expert views on Diabetes Heart Disease and Endocrinology.

She has lectured and tutored over the last 11 years in the Post Graduate Medical Degree programme in University of Limerick. Her Hobbies include Soprano Singing and she trained with Dr Veronica Dunne. She produced a CD entitled “Carpe Diem”. More recently the produced a CD called “ The Next Chapter”,where she raised well needed funds for the Irish Heart Foundation.

She has a long interest in women’s health and is involved in a nationwide lecture series for the last two years on educating women on menopause 

She organized a highly successful conference in the University of Limerick Concert Hall inMay 2018 on the Empowerment of women improves physical mental and social health which was opened by Professor Des Fitzgerald President of the University of Limerick and included contributions from the medical community which included Professor Lisa Coates, Dr Deirdre Fanning, Dr Blathnaid Murtagh, Dr Julie O Brien, Dr Maire Finn, Professor Helen Phelan of the Music Academy UL, Professor Lee Monaghan and Mary O'Donoghue from Sociology and a wide range of public representations from the business and political community . There were also contributions from Loretta Brennan Glucksman and Trish Long fron the UL foundation. She firmly believes that we need more education on the Empowerment of women to achieve equality of the sexes and is convinced it is related to better health and social outcomes. 

She continues to be involved in cardiovascular disease prevention and is on the National Lipid Steering Committee as well giving public lectures on behalf of the Irish Heart Foundation on heart disease prevention. She is also activitely fundraising for the Irish Heart Foundation and chairperson of their New Years Eve Ball commitee.

Dr Ryan is also a member of the working group looking to establish a National Lipid Screening programme and furthermore implement a formalised consensus for lipid and familial hypercholesterolemia protocols. Dr Ryan was on the Obesity Taskforce in 2004 which initiated the National Obesity Taskforce report 2005. This made 93 recommendations to the Minister of Health regarding the growing obesity problem. 



Dr Mary Ryan trained in Trinity College Dublin and obtained her MB BCH BAO in 1992. She then specialized in Endocrinology and General Medicine and she is also on the Specialist Registrar. She obtained the MRCP (UK) and did her MD thesis with Professor Gerald Tomkin in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and Trinity College, Dublin on Diabetes and Obesity. She presented her findings internationally on her research on Lp(a) and Cardio Vascular Disease which she did with Professor Ian Graham in the Adelaide Hospital, Dublin. She recently graduated with an MA in Trinity College Dublin. She also received a 2:1 in the Foundation Scholarship in Trinity college and specialized on female infertility.


Dr Ryan was awarded the Peter Shepherd Memorial Prize from Trinity College for her work on cardiovascular disease prevention .  She was the first medical student in Trinity College to present her work with Professor Ian Graham on Lp(a) and hyperhomocyteinaemia to the European Atherosclerosis Society in Lisbon in 1990 and again in Amsterdam in 1992.

She also received an exceptional patient experience award from Bill Maher CEO of the Bon Secours Health System.



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