Healthcare and Life Sciences 50 – 2015 – Irish America Irish America Magazine Mon, 15 Jul 2019 20:00:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 82361074 James Watson Wed, 22 Jul 2015 02:49:53 +0000 Read more..]]> Dr. James Watson is a Nobel Prize-winning scientist, chancellor emeritus of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, and 2011 inductee to the Irish America Hall of Fame. He was one of the key co-discoverers who unraveled the structure of the DNA while a student at Cambridge University, one of the biggest scientific breakthroughs of the 20th century. It resulted in a Nobel Prize in Physiology in 1962. Later, he accepted a position in the biology department at Harvard University. It was here where he wrote his classic Molecular Biology of the Gene and the award-winning Double Helix. After Harvard, James led the Cold Harbor Laboratory, where he devoted his energies to setting up the Human Genome Project.

“Deeply proud” of his Irish ancestry, James is a third-generation Irish American with roots in Tipperary. His great-grandparents had emigrated from Ireland in the 1840s, settling in Ohio and later moving to Indiana.

He has received numerous awards throughout the years including the National Medal of Science, the city of Philadelphia Liberty Medal, and the Benjamin Franklin Medal Award by the American Philosophical Society. In 1962, he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences and, in 1977, he received from President Ford the Medal of Freedom. In addition to numerous honorary degrees, in 2002, Queen Elizabeth II made him an honorary Knight of the British Empire.

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Fionnuala Walsh Wed, 22 Jul 2015 02:48:20 +0000 Read more..]]> Dr. Fionnuala Walsh is the senior vice president of global quality for Eli Lilly and Company, having joined the company in 1988 at its manufacturing site in Kinsale, Ireland. Throughout her time at Lilly, Fionnuala has held numerous positions in everything from technical services and laboratory analytics to management positions in the manufacturing science and technology sector and has held her current role since 2007.

A Dublin native, Fionnuala says her parents instilled her with the qualities necessary to being a great leader: “courage and resilience,” allowing her to take pride in “belonging to a global diaspora.” This is what helped Fionnuala land her job as head of global quality, which she calls “challenging and exciting all at once,” as well as kept her committed and passionate about her education, having received a bachelor’s and doctoral degree in chemistry from University College Dublin. Fionnuala and her husband Myles O’Neill have three children, Sophie, Eoin, and Kevin.

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Lawrence G. Smith Wed, 22 Jul 2015 02:47:51 +0000 Read more..]]> Lawrence G. Smith, M.D., M.A.C.P., is the Executive vice president and physician-in-chief of North Shore-LIJ Health System, and dean of Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine.

As physician-in-chief, Dr. Smith is the health system’s senior physician on all clinical issues. He previously served as North Shore-LIJ’s chief medical officer. Dr. Smith is the founding dean of the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, which received full accreditation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education and whose first class graduated in May 2015.

Dr. Smith earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from Fordham University and a medical degree from New York University School of Medicine. His residency in internal medicine at Strong Memorial Hospital was followed by military service as a captain in the Army Medical Corps at Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center in Denver.

Dr. Smith has held senior leadership positions in national societies for medical education and residency training, authored numerous peer-reviewed publications in the area of medical education, and has received many awards and honors from national and international organizations. He is a member-at-large of the National Board of Medical Examiners and a member of the Board of Visitors of Fordham College. Also, he is a former regent of the American College of Physicians and former member of the board of directors of the American Board of Internal Medicine. In April 2011, Dr. Smith was elected to Mastership of the American College of Physicians.

His maternal grandmother emigrated from Donegal, Ireland at the turn of the 20th century, to be later joined by the rest of her family. Going back to his family’s roots, while planning the new medical school he visited Ireland’s medical educational institutions. Many of the ideas learned there were incorporated into the school.

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Michael Sheehan Wed, 22 Jul 2015 02:46:57 +0000 Read more..]]> Dr.  Michael Sheehan is an Irish-born psychiatrist who immigrated to the U.S. in 1987 to work at the University of South Florida as Director of their Substance Abuse Recovery Program. Since 1993, he has been Medical Director of Operation PAR, the largest drug treatment program in West Florida and has maintained a busy private practice.

He attended medical school at University College Dublin, graduating in 1977. He completed  adult and child psychiatry residency training in Dublin and became a Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 1983.

For the past 15 years, he was voted by his colleagues as one of the “Best Doctors in the United States,” an honor given to 2% of physicians. He has lectured extensively and been involved in more than 25 psychopharmacology trials.  He was recently involved in the evaluation of novel treatments for cocaine and opiate dependence, and in ADHD and addiction. He has authored book chapters and articles on topics related to addiction.

He is Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at USF, where he teaches medical students,  residents, and addiction fellows. He is a national mentor for training physicians in the use of buprenorphine in the treatment of opiate dependence. He has been an expert witness in many legal cases pertaining to psychiatry. He is a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

He has been an approved treatment provider for professional groups including  Florida Physicians, Lawyers and Nurses, as well as the National Football League, and Major League Baseball.

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David Sheehan Wed, 22 Jul 2015 02:45:23 +0000 Read more..]]> Dr. David Sheehan is Distinguished University Health Professor Emeritus at the University of South Florida College of Medicine. He was Professor of Psychiatry, Director of Psychiatric Research and Director of the Depression and Anxiety Disorders Research Institute at the University of South Florida College of Medicine and Professor of Psychology at the University of South Florida College of Arts and Sciences.

Born and educated in Ireland, he completed his residency training in psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. At Harvard Medical School, where he was Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, he was on the full-time faculty for 12 1/2 years. He was the Director of Anxiety Research and Director of the Psychosomatic Medicine Clinic at Massachusetts General Hospital. He received his M.B.A. (summa cum laude) from the University of South Florida. He served as Director of Psychiatric Research for the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at the University of South Florida College of Medicine from 1985-2007. He has written over 550 abstracts and 280 publications including a bestseller The Anxiety Disease. Cumulatively, his publications have been cited over 13,000 times in peer-reviewed journals. He has been awarded over $20 million for 130 research grants. He was awarded a patent by the United States Patent Office in 1996, and has given expert testimony to the United States Congress.

Dr. Sheehan has been a consultant to the World Health Organization, the World Federation of Societies of Biological Psychiatry, the International Academy for Biomedical and Drug Research, the US Food and Drug Administration, and was a research grant reviewer for the National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH). He was a consultant to the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Working Group to Revise DSMIII Anxiety Disorders, the APA Task Force on Benzodiazepine Dependency and the APA Task Force on Treatments of Psychiatric Disorders. He has also served on the national and international advisory boards of numerous pharmaceutical companies and of non-profit foundations including the National Anxiety Foundation, the National Depressive and Manic Depressive Association, the Council on Anxiety Disorders, the Anxiety Disorder Association of America, and the Council on Anxiety Disorders and The Foundation for Improving Data Quality.

He has been invited to give lectures in 68 countries throughout the world on anxiety and mood disorders, suicidality, measurement based care, psychopharmacology and biological psychiatry. He was elected as a member of the American College of Psychiatrists and is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and is a Charter Member of the National Academy of Inventors. Among other honors, he has been included in “The Best Doctors in America” published by Woodward/White Inc. every year from 1992 until his retirement in 2010.

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Jason Ryan Wed, 22 Jul 2015 02:44:51 +0000 Read more..]]> Jason Ryan is the chief financial officer at Foundation Medicine, a breakthrough company in the fight against cancer. Over the past year, Jason has seen the company expand its U.S. commercial footprint, develop its R&D pipeline, and enter into broad strategic partnership with Roche that included a $250 million financing, all while helping over 25,000 cancer patients battle their disease.

Born in Concord, MA, Jason is a third-generation Irish American with Irish ancestry dating back six generations. His paternal relatives on his father’s side hail from Cork, Limerick, and Fermanagh, and from Limerick and Roscommon on his mother’s. In his heritage Jason finds the tools that made him who he is today, saying, “My Irish ancestry drives my dry sense of humor, sense of fairness and caring, openness, and work ethic. I see these traits in my parents and in their parents – never take anything for granted, take pride in your work, be humble.”

Jason attended Bates College receiving a B.S. and Babson College where he received an M.B.A. He also has earned a C.P.A. in Massachusetts, where he and his wife Jennifer currently reside with their two children James and Hazel.

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Ruth Riddick Wed, 22 Jul 2015 02:43:17 +0000 Read more..]]> Dubliner Ruth Riddick discovered in addiction recovery coaching the emerging professional platform she had been looking for to combine her expertise as an educator with her experience of personal sobriety. In 2014, she qualified as a recovery coach and trainer at the Resource Training Center in New York where she currently serves on the teaching faculty.

Her education company, Sobriety Together (founded 2005), now offers Peer Coaching for Recovery, a groundbreaking addiction treatment support model with the twin mission of empowering therapists and their clients by providing professional non-clinical peer coaching for sober life management, and of enhancing professional credibility for addiction recovery coaching through provision of premium training and credentialing.

In long-term recovery from alcoholism, Ruth Riddick was previously Development Director of Sober St. Patrick’s Day and Executive Director at Faces of the Fallen. She writes for Faces & Voices of Recovery, has served as an alum-activist at Caron Treatment Centers since 2005 and on the Board of Crossroads of Maine from 2011 to 2015. With illustrator Ed King, she is author of a graphic novel about dysfunctional relationships called When Derek Met June: A F**ked-Up Love Story, to be published next year.

A noted campaigner for women’s rights in Ireland, Ruth Riddick has written polemical work for the Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing, among other national and international publications. She has also contributed papers to forthcoming anthologies of proceedings at the Countess Markievicz School (Dublin, 2015) and the Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute Conference on Women in Ireland (Quinnipiac University, 2015).

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Peter Quinn Wed, 22 Jul 2015 02:42:49 +0000 Read more..]]> Peter Quinn is the Schoenleber Professor of Oral Surgery & Pharmacology, Vice Dean for Profession Services, Perelman School of Medicine and Senior Vice President for CPUP, University of Pennsylvania Health System.

Quinn did his residency in oral and maxillofacial surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and graduated from the university’s School of Dental Medicine. He has served as chair of the Department of Oral Surgery & Pharmacology at Penn Dental Medicine, and was a principal investigator in a ten-year clinical trial for the development of the only FDA-approved stock prosthesis for reconstruction of the temporomandibular joint.

Quinn has completed a surgical atlas for temporomandibular joint surgery, which has been published by Elsevier.

Quinn’s paternal great-grandparents, John and Winifred Mackay, immigrated from County Mayo in 1848 to upstate New York, where John worked on the Erie Canal. Ultimately, the family moved to Scranton where John worked in the anthracite coal mines. John and Winifred’s daughter Rose Mackay married John Aloysius Quinn.

On his maternal side, Patrick and Agnew Marian Clarke immigrated from Sligo around 1852 to Scranton where their daughter met and married Jack Scanlan.

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Eileen O’Reilly Wed, 22 Jul 2015 02:41:19 +0000 Read more..]]> With her medical degree from Trinity College Dublin, Dr. Eileen O’Reilly is a gastrointestinal medical oncologist who serves as an associate director of the Rubenstein Pancreas Center at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) along with being an Attending Physician and Member at MSKCC and an Associate Professor of Medicine at Weill Medical College of Cornell University. She completed her fellowship training at MSKCC and has been a faculty member in the GI Oncology service at MSKCC since then. Her primary research initiatives include integration of molecular-based therapies and genomically-based novel therapeutics for the treatment of pancreatic cancer along with development of adjuvant and neoadjuvant therapy.

Pancreatic adenocarcinoma remains one of the most challenging malignancies. Of 44,000 people diagnosed in 2012, 37,000 died from the disease. “To have a major impact in terms of outcomes, we need to be able to screen successfully and diagnose the disease earlier. Both of those are elusive challenges at the moment,” Eileen, who is Irish-born, said in an interview with Joe Cavallo.

At a national level, Eileen is the chair of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Pancreas Task Force, and a member of the Alliance Co-operative group Gastrointestinal core committee. Dr. O’Reilly is also an associate chair of the MSKCC IRB and Privacy Board, a member of Research Council and is the recent past president of the MSKCC medical staff.

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Daniel O’Day Wed, 22 Jul 2015 02:40:03 +0000 Read more..]]> Daniel O’Day is the COO of the pharmaceutical division of Roche, the world’s leading biotech company, headquartered in Basel, Switzerland and with offices in more than 150 countries, including Ireland. O’Day was appointed COO in 2012 having previously been the COO for the diagnostics division of Roche since 2010. Starting in 1987 as part of Roche’s commercial and sales team, Daniel then moved to Switzerland for roles in global marketing and lifecycle management in 2001. Since then, he has been head of corporate planning in Japan, general manager in Denmark, and president of Roche Molecular Diagnostics in California.

O’Day was born in Texas and is a third-generation Irish American with family from Ennis, County Clare on his father’s side. “The perseverance of my Irish ancestors is a daily motivation to me professionally and personally,” O’Day says. His first job was performing the “hard physical labor” of landscaping, which, he says, “inspired me to pursue my education.” He attended Georgetown

University and Columbia University, receiving a B.S. in biology and an M.B.A. Daniel currently lives in Switzerland with his wife Mara and children Tierney, Meghan, and Brendan.

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