Irish Nephrology Society

The Irish Nephrology Society Team

Dr. Liam Plant

Dr. Liam Plant


Graduated in Physiology (1982) and Medicine (1985) from University College Cork.

General Professional Training in Medicine in Cork; Higher Specialist Training in Nephrology in



  • Consultant Renal Physician, Department of Renal Medicine, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh 1996-2001.
  • Honorary Senior Lecturer in Medicine, The Edinburgh University Medical School 1998-2001.
    Consultant Renal Physician at Cork University Hospital.
  • Clinical Professor in Renal Medicine at University College Cork Medical School.

Clinical & Research interests include:

  • Patients with End-Stage Kidney Disease and their lifelong multi-modality management;
  • Disorders & Management of Fluid & Electrolyte Balance;
  • Renal Disease in Pregnancy;
  • Renal Disease in Cystic Fibrosis;
  • Adolescent Transition in Renal Medicine;
  • Quality of Life in Kidney Disease;
  • Ethical Aspects of Kidney Disease Management;
  • Organisation and Development of Renal Services.


  • National Specialty Director for Nephrology Training in Ireland (2002-05).
  • Chair of Irish National Renal Strategy Review (2003-09).
  • National Clinical Director of the HSE National Renal Office (NRO) (2009-18).


  • Vice Dean for Clinical & Strategic Partnerships, College of Medicine & Health, University College
  • Intern Network Co-ordinator, South Intern Network.
  • President, Irish Nephrology Society.
Professor Donal Reddan

Professor Donal Reddan

President Elect

Professor Reddan is a Consultant Nephrologist and Honorary Professor at Galway University Hospitals.

A 1992 UCD graduate he completed BST training at SVUH Dublin and an Internal Medicine residency at AGH Pittsburgh prior to Nephrology and Biomedical Scholar fellowship at Duke University, Durham North Carolina where he also completed a masters in health sciences.

He joined the faculty at Duke University division of Nephrology and at the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI) before moving to his current position in Galway in 2003.

He is extensively published and is/has been involved in the design and implementation of a number of large clinical trials, in chronic kidney disease, CKD associated anemia and CKD associated cardiovascular risk.

Professor Reddan served as group clinical director for medicine for the SAOLTA Healthcare group x 5 years until February 2019 and is current group Nephrology lead. He is a longstanding council member, former vice president and recent treasurer of RCPI.

Prof. Donal Sexton

Prof. Donal Sexton


Prof. Donal Sexton is currently a consultant nephrologist and kidney transplant physician at St James’s Hospital and Tallaght University Hospital and is a Clinical Associate Professor at Trinity College Dublin.

Professor Sexton graduated from medical school at the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUI Galway) in 2006 in first place, also holding an intercalated BSc in Pharmacology and five national NUI Henry Hutchinson Scholarship awards.

He went on to complete his Basic Specialist Training at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI) at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin and the Mayo Clinic, USA.

He subsequently completed three years of Higher Specialist Training in nephrology and internal medicine in Ireland (RCPI), before completing a fellowship and PhD in clinical epidemiology at the NIH funded United States Renal Data System Coordinating Center, Division of Nephrology & Hypertension, University of Minnesota, Minnesota, USA.

Returning to Ireland, he then completed a fellowship in kidney transplantation at Beaumont Hospital, Dublin and subsequently worked as a consultant nephrologist and kidney transplant physician at Beaumont Hospital before joining St James’s Hospital, Dublin.

He is secretary of the INS since 2022

Dr. Paul O'Hara

Dr. Paul O'Hara


Dr. Paul O’Hara is a consultant general physician and nephrologist in Portiuncula and Galway University Hospitals.

He is Honorary Senior Lecturer in Clinical Medicine at the University of Galway, Associate Academic Officer for Portiuncula University Hospital and simulation lead for the discipline of medicine within Saolta Hospital Group.

A graduate of DIT (now TU Dublin) Kevin Street in Biomedical Science in 2008 and University of Limerick School of Medicine 2012, graduating first in class in both degrees.

He completed Higher Specialist Training in nephrology and general internal medicine and a Masters in Leadership and Health Profession Education in 2021 with RCPI and RCSI respectively.

He has a special interest in geriatric nephrology, medical education in particular curriculum design and point of care ultrasound in general medicine.

He is secretary of the INS since 2022