Prof. J. William McEvoy
NIPC Medical and Research Director
Chair of Executive Council
Prof. J. William (“Bill”) McEvoy is the Medical and Research Director of NIPC. He is also Professor of Preventive Cardiology at the National University of Ireland, Galway campus, and a Consultant Cardiologist at University College Hospital Galway, Ireland. Prof. McEvoy graduated in 2004 with first class honors from UCC School of Medicine, Cork, Ireland. He undertook senior house officer and cardiology registrar training at the Mater University Hospital in Dublin, Ireland. In 2008, he joined the Osler Medical House staff at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. After internal medicine residency, he completed cardiology fellowship at Hopkins including advanced training in cardiac prevention, cardiac imaging, and cardiovascular epidemiology.
Prior to returning to Ireland in 2018, Prof. McEvoy was an Assistant Professor on the cardiology faculty at Johns Hopkins for 3 years, with clinical roles in the cardiac intensive care unit and in the Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease. He maintains an adjunct appointment at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Prof. McEvoy’s research focuses on testing novel biomarkers of risk and comparative effectiveness research; with an emphasis on hypertension and atherosclerosis. His research has resulted in numerous peer-reviewed publications, grants and awards. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of physicians of Ireland and has a clinical interest in the primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease, in both critical care and outpatient settings.
Prof. David Wood
Director of Science, Strategy and International Relations
Professor Wood is a cardiologist committed to prevention of cardiovascular disease and holds joint emeritus academic appointments at Imperial College and the National University of Ireland-Galway.
He has contributed to international policy and guidelines on cardiovascular disease (CVD) prevention through the World Health Organisation, World Heart Federation and the European Society of Cardiology. He was a founder and President of the European Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation, a Board member of the European Society of Cardiology and most recently President of the World Heart Federation (2017-18).
He is the principal investigator for the ASPIRE and EUROASPIRE studies across 27 European countries, evaluating standards of preventive cardiology practice in hospital and primary care. He led the EUROACTION and EUROACTION+ trials in preventive cardiology evaluating nurse-led models of preventive care in hospital and general practice across 8 European countries, and the principals of EUROACTION were incorporated in the Imperial College NHS Cardiovascular Health programme for the NHS. He was Course Director for the Imperial College Masters degree programme in Preventive Cardiology (2008-18) providing education and training for doctors, nurses and allied health professionals.
He is now working for the National Institute of Prevention and Cardiovascular Health at the National University of Ireland-Galway to support the development of research in all aspects of cardiovascular prevention and health, to help expand the MSc course in Preventive Cardiology at NUI-G into a portfolio of MSc courses in cardiovascular health and disease prevention, and to contribute to innovative service development in secondary and primary prevention of CVD.
He is Senior Editor of the European Society of Cardiology Textbook of Preventive Cardiology and also founded the European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (now European Journal of Preventive Cardiology) and served as the first Joint Editor in Chief.
He is married to Dr Catriona Jennings, a cardiovascular specialist nurse, and they have four adult children. He enjoys cooking for family and friends and also sailing, having recently circumnavigated the UK in a Frances 26 sailing boat.
Prof. Gerard Flaherty
Director of Academic Affairs and Fellowship
Gerard Flaherty graduated from NUI Galway in 2000 with a first class honours degree and gold medals in all 8 final year subjects. He gained Membership of the RCPI in 2002 and Fellowship in 2011. He has completed 9 Diplomas and 3 Masters degrees, including a Masters in Medical Education (Dundee) and Masters in International and Travel Health (Sheffield). He obtained his intercalated BSc and doctoral degree from NUI Galway and is being assessed for a second doctorate.
As Director of the Undergraduate Medical Programme at NUI Galway he is responsible for design, delivery and assessment of the medical curriculum, as well as recruitment of international students. He received a President’s Award for Teaching Excellence in 2008 and was awarded Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Educators in 2010. He has over 200 publications and research presentations to date, including a textbook, 6 textbook chapters and 15 papers in the field of preventive cardiology. He has served on the AMEE Executive Committee since 2017. He is Founder and Programme Director for the Masters in Preventive Cardiology programme at NUI Galway. He is a Fellow, examiner, and former education convenor for the Faculty of Travel Medicine at RCPS Glasgow and is Past President of the Travel Medicine Society of Ireland. He served on the Executive Board of the International Society of Travel Medicine, 2014-2019, and was awarded Fellowship in 2017. He is currently Section Editor (non-communicable diseases) for Journal of Travel Medicine and a member of the editorial board of Medical Teacher. He is Adjunct Professor in Travel Medicine and International Health at the International Medical University in Malaysia.