Tom Fahey

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Professor Tom Fahey, MSc MD DCH DObs MEd Cert MFPH FRCGP

Position: Head of Department and Principal Investigator
Tel / Fax: +353-1-402-2305 / +353-1-402-2764

Tom Fahey is Professor of General Practice in RCSI and is Principal Investigator for the HRB CPCR. He graduated in Medicine from University College Dublin (UCD) in 1986 and subsequently trained in General Practice and Public Health Medicine. Previous posts include: Professor of Primary Care Medicine, University of Dundee (2002-2006), Senior Lecturer in Primary Health Care, University of Bristol (1995-2002) and Honorary Lecturer in Public Health (University of Oxford, (1992-5).

Prof Fahey has over 23 years of experience in academic general practice which includes working as a GP in Oxford, Bristol, Dundee and Dublin. He combines clinical work with teaching and research, and continues to see patients at Belgrave Clinic, Dublin

Prof Fahey has a longstanding interest in applied Clinical Epidemiology or Evidence-Based Medicine. He has been Principal Investigator of the HRB Centre for Primary Care Research (CPCR) since its inception in 2008. The CPCR research programme reflects a programme of activity that encompasses appropriate prescribing to vulnerable patient groups, evidence-based diagnosis and implementation of research with the use of computer-based Clinical Decision Support Systems (CDSSs). Prof Fahey also leads the HRB Collaborative Doctoral Award, "Right Care", in collaboration with Trinity College Dublin and the University of Limerick.

Memberships / Awards / Grants

  • James MacKenzie Lecture, Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) 2019.
  • James M. Flaherty Visiting Professorship, Ireland Canada University Foundation, (ICUF). Visiting Professor to the Departments of Family Medicine at the University of Toronto and the University of British Columbia, 2016
  • British Medical Association (BMA) Medical Role Model, 2005.
  • John Fry Award Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) 2004.
  • The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and Boots Research Paper of the Year Award, 2003.
  • The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and Boots Research Paper of the Year Award, 2000.
  • NHS R&D National Primary Care Career Scientist, 1999-2002.

Editorial Board Membership

  • Editorial board member, Cochrane Collaboration Acute Respiratory Infections (ARI) Group 2001 - present.
  • Editorial advisory board member (Primary care advisory panel) British Medical Journal, 2001 - present.
  • Co-leader, Cochrane Primary Health Care Field, 2006 - present
  • Editorial board advisory member BMJ Open, 2010 – present.
  • Editorial board member Family Practice, 2010 – present.
  • Editorial board member, Medical Decision Making (MDM Policy & Practice), 2014 – present.
  • International Editorial Advisory Board member British Medical Journal (ranked in the top six general medical journals in the world), 2006 - 2012.
  • Member of the editorial board of The British Journal of General Practice 1997 - 2001.
  • Editorial board member BioMed Central Family Practice 2001 - present.
  • Assistant Editor Family Practice 2004 - 2010.
  • Editorial board member BMJ Case Reports, 2008 – 2012.
  • Comments and criticism editor Cochrane Collaboration Acute Respiratory Infections (ARI) Group 2001 – 2008.

Grant Funding Committee membership

  • Panel member. German Federal Ministry of Education and Research- Bundesministerium fur Bildung und Forschung (BMBF), Observational Epidemiology Panel. 2010 - 2013.
  • Chair and panel member. International assessment Panel. National Institute of Health Research, National School for Primary Care Research (NIHR SPCR), 2011 - present.
  • Member, Advisory Panel on University selection: NIHR School for Primary Care Research (NIHR SPCR), 2014.
  • Panel member. German Federal Ministry of Education and Research- Bundesministerium fur Bildung und Forschung (BMBF) “Structural development in health care research” Panel. 2015 – present.
  • Panel member. Public Funding Agency of Portugal– Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT), Member Health and Sport Sciences panel, 2016 – present.
  • Panel member, Research Council of Norway- Programme for High-quality and Reliable Diagnostic, Treatment and Rehabilitation interventions, 2017 – present.
  • Board member, Health Research Board of Ireland, 2018 – present.

Teaching and training

  • Undergraduate- responsible for running the undergraduate programme for 320 students per year in RCSI.
  • Postgraduate PhD training- founding member of the HRB PhD Scholars/SPHeRE programme 2007 to present.
  • Postgraduate supervision- 12 PhD and two MD students completed; 4 PhD and two MD ongoing. 22 Masters completed.
  • Erasmus student exchange programme- medical undergraduate students from Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands since 2008 with nine successfully completed.

Grant Income

UK research income 1995-2006:

  • Principal investigator £1,728,284
  • Co-applicant £1,720,805

Ireland research income 2006 to present:

  • Principal investigator €9,778,802
  • Co-applicant €22,768,169
  • Collaborator €2,248,440

Over 270 peer review publications- ORCID ID (0000-0002-5896-5783). Current citation metrics: Scopus (ID 7103180589) h index 58; Google scholar h index 71.