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Dubhfeasa Slattery: Professional professionalist

BMJ 2018; 362 doi: (Published 12 September 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;362:k3637
Duncan Smith


Dubhfeasa Slattery is a Dublin and Harvard trained consultant respiratory paediatrician. She is chair of medical professionalism at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and the Bon Secours Health System, where she is developing and implementing a programme in professionalism that aims to improve patient centred care, incorporating patient safety and clinician wellbeing. Her interest in research, education, patient safety, and quality of care led her to her current role in professionalism. She continues clinical work at Temple St Children’s University Hospital in Dublin. As head of clinical risk at the State Claims Agency she analysed national data on patient safety incidents, clinical claims, and costs in Ireland’s public healthcare service, culminating in multiple national reports.

What was your earliest ambition?

To meet and marry John McEnroe, my tennis hero.

What was your best career move?

Moving to Harvard to do a fellowship in paediatric respiratory medicine at …

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