Dr Finbarr (Barry) O’Connell is a consultant respiratory physician and the Medical Director at St James’s Hospital.
Dr O’Connell took up the role of Medical Director in 2019 to assist with the strategic development of St James’s Hospital, in partnership with Trinity College Dublin and the HSE, as a modern academic healthcare campus to provide the best care for current and future Irish patients.
Dr O’Connell was Clinical Director of Internal Medicine from 2014 to 2019, Medical Director of the William Stokes Postgraduate Centre and intern tutor at St James’s Hospital from 1999 to 2010. He is currently the Intern Network Coordinator for the Trinity College Dublin/Dublin South East Intern Network.
Dr O’Connell graduated from University College Dublin in 1984. Having completed his general medical training in Dublin, he worked with Prof. Neil B Pride at the Hammersmith in London, where he completed his MD thesis on airway epithelial nerves and persistent cough. He then went on to complete his Senior Registrar Training with accreditation by the JCHMT/ICHMT in Respiratory and Internal Medicine in 1995, and was appointed Consultant Respiratory Physician at St James’s Hospital in 1996.
His principal subspecialty interest is rapid diagnosis and staging of lung cancer. He was a founding member of the All-Ireland Lung Cancer Forum and is currently the clinical lead for lung cancer at St James’s Hospital.