Meet the Council

Dr Paul Murphy, President 2023-2024

BDS (Hons), MFD, DClinDent, MOrth
Paul Murphy completed his dental degree in Cork and graduated with honours in 2005. He received first place in his class for clinical orthodontics in his final BDS exam. Following graduation, Paul worked in general practice in the UK followed by an SHO surgical post in Cork. He completed his MFD exam in the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin. He then embarked on his postgraduate orthodontic training in Cork. He completed his doctorate with honours, and attained the M.Orth from Edinburgh.
Paul works in private practice in Dublin and Greystones, Co. Wicklow. He lives in Greystones with his wife and three young children.

Dr Ciara Scott, Past President

Ciara Scott graduated from the University of Bristol in 1996 with Distinction in Child Dental Health. She completed a number of training roles in orthodontics, paediatric dentistry oral and maxillofacial surgery and general practice before completing her Membership of RCSI and commencing Specialist Training in Orthodontics in Ireland. She was awarded her Fellowship by the Faculty of Dentistry, RCSI in 2005. Ciara holds Masters degrees from both Trinity College Dublin and the RCSI Institute of Leadership. Ciara practices in the Blackrock Clinic. She became the first Irish Orthodontist to be awarded Membership of the European Board of Orthodontists in 2016. Ciara was Honorary Editor of the Journal of the Irish Dental Association  for 3 years and is currently a Health Research Board SPHeRE Scholar at the RCSI Centre for Positive Health Sciences.

Dr John Joe McCullagh, President Elect

BDS, FDS, M.Orth, BSc, MSc

Dr Martin O’Sullivan, Treasurer

Martin O’Sullivan graduated from Cork Dental School in 2000 with honours. He worked in various branches of dentistry in England including General Practice, Hospital and Community Dentistry. He was awarded his MFGDP from the Royal College of Surgeons of England and his MFDS from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh during this time. He completed his 3-year full-time Orthodontic Specialist training in the Royal London Hospital in 2007 qualifying with a Masters in Orthodontics and Membership in Orthodontics from the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh. He holds a full Fellowship in Dental Surgery from RCS Edinburgh and a Masters in Business Administration.
Martin is in private practice in his native Cork.

Dr Finn Geoghegan, Honorary Secretary

BDS(NUI), MOrth(HK), Morth(RCSEdin),PhD(ULon)
Following his graduation from Cork Dental School in 2002, Finn Geoghegan held a range of private practice positions and teaching hospitals in the United Kingdom and Australia. He undertook specialist orthodontic residency training in Hong Kong from 2006-2009 and received his membership diploma in orthodontics from the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh, in 2011. Finn then returned to the UK, where he completed a PhD in orthodontics and developmental biology in the Centre for Craniofacial and Regenerative Biology in King's College, London, in 2017. Finn has lectured in both Europe and Asia. His research interests focus on the basic science and clinical components involved in craniofacial development as well as orthodontic materials. He is the recipient of the Cosgrave medal, Irish Dental Association (IDA), the Charley Schultz resident travel award, American Association of Orthodontists and the W J B Houston memorial research scholarship, European Orthodontic Society (EOS).
Finn is the principal orthodontist of a specialist orthodontic practice in Dublin and maintains active links with Kings College, London and The University of Hong Kong (HKU). In 2019, Finn was announced President-Elect of the European Orthodontic Society (EOS) 101st Congress in Dublin in 2026.

Dr Kieran Daly, Scientific Secretary

Honors Degree in Dental Science, Trinity College Dublin
Membership of the Faculty of Dentistry from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Membership in Orthodontics of the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh
Honors Master’s Degree in Orthodontics, Trinity College Dublin
Fellowship in Orthodontics of the Faculty of Dentistry of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
FACE Advanced Orthodontics Certification
Provisional Membership of the European Angle Society

Dr Erfan Salloum, Private Sector Representative

DDS, MFDRCSI, MFDSRCPSG, PG.Cert(Orth), DClinDent(Orth), MOrthRCSEd, FFDRCSI(Orth), IMOrthRCSEng, provisional member EBO
Erfan Salloum graduated from dental school in 2008 and obtained a membership in the faculty of dental surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He went on to work and train in the UK and obtained a post-graduate certificate in orthodontics from Warwick University. He moved to Cork in 2012 and completed a doctorate degree in clinical orthodontics from University College Cork. Erfan holds membership diplomas in orthodontics from the Royal College of Surgeons in London, Edinburgh and Glasgow and a fellowship diploma in orthodontics from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. In 2021 Erfan completed the 1st stage assessment of the European Board of Orthodontics and became a provisional member.
Erfan is based in Dublin since 2017, and he is in full-time private practice.

Dr Mary Kate Kearney, Public Sector Representative

BDS, MFDS RCS(Ed), MClin Dent (Lond), MOrth  RCS (Eng), FDS Orth RCS (Eng)
Mary Kate completed her dental studies at University College Cork and graduated with honours in 2009. Whilst working in general practice in Edinburgh, Mary Kate was awarded a Membership in Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh. She then undertook Senior House Officer posts in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Cambridge and in Kent before commencing her orthodontic training in The Royal London Hospital and Whipps Cross Hospital. Mary Kate was awarded a distinction in her MClin Dent studies in 2015 and achieved her MOrth with the Royal College of Surgeons, England in 2016. Having completed her consultancy training in The Royal London Hospital and Whipps Cross Hospital in 2018, Mary Kate worked as a Consultant Orthodontist in various hospitals across London, Kent and Essex before returning to Ireland at the end of 2021. She is now the Consultant Orthodontist at St.Columcille’s Hospital, Loughlinstown, Co. Dublin.
In her spare time, Mary Kate enjoys hiking, running and travelling around Ireland.

Dr Angus Burns, Consultant Representative

BDentSc(Hons), MFD(RCSI), DChDent, MOrth(RCSEd), FDSOrth(RCSEd).
Angus Burns graduated with an honours degree from the School of Dental Science, Trinity College in 2004. He then completed his Vocational Dental Training in Cavan, gaining experience in Paediatric Dentistry, before returning to Dublin to work in both the HSE Primary Care service and private dental practice. He completed his Membership examinations with the RCSI in 2006 and went on to work as a Senior House Officer in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in the UK before returning to the Dublin Dental Hospital to complete his 3-year Specialist Orthodontic training programme. He was awarded his Doctorial Degree in Orthodontics along with his Membership in Orthodontics from the RCS Edinburgh in 2013. He subsequently worked as a Specialist in the HSE before completing advanced training to hospital consultant level in the Royal Surrey Hospital, Guildford and Eastman Dental Hospital, London. His areas of interest include dental education and complex treatments requiring multidisciplinary care. He is a Senior Lecturer and Consultant in the Dublin Dental University Hospital, Trinity College and works in private practice in Carlow.
Angus lives in Dublin with his wife and two children. In his spare time he is a keen cyclist, DIY enthusiast and is actively involved with youth rugby in his local club.