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Professor Des Fitzgerald


Time of assuming the current leadership role

In May 2017, Professor Des Fitzgerald was appointed President of the University of Limerick.

Previous experience and education

Dr. Des Fitzgerald was Professor of Molecular Medicine, UCD Vice-President for Health Affairs and Chief Academic Officer of the Ireland East Hospital Group. He is a UCD medical graduate who trained in Cardiology and Clinical Pharmacology at Vanderbilt University.  He remained in the US until 1991 as Associate Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology and Director of the VA Coronary Care Unit.

From 1994, he was Professor of Clinical Pharmacology and, later, Head of Research at RCSI. From 2004, he held various positions in UCD including Vice-President for Research. He has served on several national bodies, including the Irish Medicines Board, the Health Research Board (which he chaired) and the Irish Heart Foundation, as well as committees of the European Society of Cardiology, the UK National Institute for Health Research and the Merck Foundation International Fellowship Programme. He has published over 350 papers on cardiovascular disease, thrombosis, genetics and proteomics.

Research/Professional interests

Dr. Des Fitzgerald - Curriculum Vitae

Areas of responsibility

Dr Des Fitzgerald is the President of the University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland and, as the Chief Executive Officer, is ultimately responsible for all of the operations of the University.

Committee Memberships

  • Governing Authority
  • Governing Authority Sub-Committees
  • University Executive Committee (Chair) - meetings
  • University Academic Council (Chair) - meetings
  • University Management Council (Chair)
  • University Campus & Infrastructure Committee (Chair)
  • University of Limerick Research Strategy Board (Chair)
  • University of Limerick Foundation