Meet our independent expert judging panel
The Irish Healthcare Awards prides itself on the credibility, transparency and inclusiveness of the judging process, which rightly sits at the heart of everything we do.
Some of the country’s most respected physicians, educators, patient advocates, medical journalists and representatives of the pharmaceutical industry ensure that these values are upheld throughout our final judging session, which will take place in August.
The overall ‘An Duais Mhór’ award is also selected at the end of the judging process and awarded to the overall outstanding person, project or organisation chosen from all of the individual categories.
Meet your 2018 judges
A new judge for 2018, Dr Paddy Barrett is a Consultant Cardiologist at St Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin. Having trained at the Scripps Translational Science Institute, California and Columbia University Medical Centre, New York his work has focused on how digital medicine technologies can be used to deliver high quality medical care. Dr Barrett’s research has focused on the utilization of remote biometric sensing technology and has worked with NASA to validate these technologies for use in the space environment. In addition to his clinical work Dr Barrett was host of the internationally acclaimed podcast series ‘The Doctor Paradox’. Dr Barrett’s work has featured in Time Health, The New York Academy of Sciences, The New England Journal of Medicine and The Lancet.
Dr Muiris Houston is an award-winning medical journalist and health analyst with The Irish Times and regular columnist with Irish Medical Times. A graduate of TCD (1985), Dr Houston is a GP and occupational physician, who especially values the stories patients tell about illness.
He lectures on narrative medicine at NUI Galway and Trinity College Dublin, where he is adjunct assistant professor. Muiris gained a Master’s degree in medical humanities from the University of Sydney in 2015. He is co-curator of the annual dotMED conference, an international exploration of the heart of medicine.
A new judge for 2018 and a graduate of University College Dublin, Dr Rita Doyle has been working in general practice for more than 30 years. She is a Medical Member of the Medical Council (2013-2018) and is a former President of the Irish College of General Practitioners (2011-2012).
Mr Stephen McMahon is co-founder of the Irish Patients' Association, established in 2001 to keep the patient at the centre of the healthcare system. Mr McMahon has a wide business experience, having worked for 30 years for a multinational oil company.
He has served as a Board member of the International Alliance of Patients Organisations (IAPO) and indeed was its interim CEO in 2014. He has represented patients’ interests on various state bodies and organisations, including as Chair of the Audit Risk and Governance Committee of the Health and Social Care Professionals Council CORU and member of the Registration and Qualification Recognition Committee of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland.
He is currently an Independent Reviewer – Patient Advocate Perspective with The BMJ and a member of the Emergency Department Task Force, and has been listed in the Dynamic 100 high achievers in Irish Pharmacy News.
Eoin McAtamney is President of The PMI having assumed the role in July 2017. The PMI has more than 490 members who are all managers representing over 80 pharmaceutical companies in Ireland.
Eoin has diverse experience within the industry having held a number of sales, business development, and managerial roles both in Ireland and the United Kingdom, with experience in commercial endeavours with both large and small molecule prescription medicines (Rx) over the counter (OTC) products, as well as clinical nutrition.
Eoin completed his undergraduate studies with a BA Hons at NUI Maynooth, followed by MBA from DCU and a Diploma in Health Economics from IPA/UCD.
Lloyd Mudiwa is Editor of Irish Medical Times (IMT), Ireland’s foremost medical newspaper; and has previously been a judge in the Crystal Clear MSD Health Literacy Awards, for which IMT was a media partner.
He is an awarding-winning journalist with 19 years’ experience, most of which have been as an employed medical writer and editor in Ireland on various issues ranging from health, medical and clinical issues. He has reported on high-level health policy and, topics for audiences from various specialist healthcare professional/scientific researcher-level down to patient-level of complexity.
A former Editor of the Amnesty Ireland magazine, Editor of Medicine Weekly and Deputy Editor of Irish Medical News, Lloyd joined IMT as Head of News in 2010.
He has done varied freelance work for the Irish Times, Sunday Business Post, Irish Examiner, Sunday Independent, Magill, The Irish Daily Star, Hospitality Ireland, and international organisations such as Newsday’s Sunday Journal of Policy, Politics and Ideas, the Committee for the Protection of Journalists in New York, and Russian newspaper, The Gazzetta.
Lloyd has also been invited to speak on radio and television panels on RTÉ, TV3, Newstalk 106, and Today FM on various topical issues.
Prior to coming to Ireland in 2003, he worked for two national daily newspapers in Zimbabwe, starting with the only daily newspaper in the country at the time, The Herald, before becoming a key founding member of The Daily News, then the only independent daily newspaper in the country.
Lloyd was selected as a finalist for the Healthcare Commentator/Journalist of the year 2011 at the Healthcare Innovation Awards, won the Professional Medical Media News Award at the Irish Medical Media Awards in May 2007, and was a finalist for the International Federation of Journalists’ Journalism for Tolerance Prize 2003.
He holds a qualification in journalism and a Masters in Political Communications from Dublin City University.