Irish Nephrology Society

INS Governing Board

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.
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