Professor Kennedy is one of the country's leading medical oncologists (retired). He is a Clinical Professor of Oncology in Trinity College Dublin and currently holds the position of Consultant Medical Oncologist at St Luke's and St James’s Hospitals (retired) where he is a past Chairman of the Medical Board and a past member of the Board of the Hospital.
He is a past Chairman of the Irish Clinical Oncology Research Group (ICORG), past Chairman of the Irish Society for Medical Oncology, and past Chairman of the Irish Cancer Society.
He chaired the Minister for Health’s Cancer Strategy Advisory Committee from 2015 to 2017.
He is currently the Medical Director for the Trinity St James’s Cancer Institute.
Professor Kennedy holds a Bachelor of Medicine, a Bachelor of Surgery and a Bachelor of Obstetrics from the University of Dublin, Trinity College where he was awarded a first class honours degree and won numerous prizes including the university Gold Medal in 1983.
His training took him from Ireland to the United States where he began a Clinical Fellowship in Oncology at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore in 1987 and where he ultimately rose to the position of Associate Professor of Oncology. While at Johns Hopkins he was twice conferred with the Outstanding Teacher award by the Osler Housestaff and was principal investigator on numerous research grants from the National Cancer Institute, American Cancer Society and the Department of Defence.
He returned to Ireland in 1998.
Professor Kennedy's major research interest is in breast cancer