Dr Ciaran Cosgrave Santry

Ciaran Cosgrave

Dr Cosgrave is one of Ireland’s most prominent consultants in Sports & Exercise Medicine. He specialises in the management of pain and injury in patients of all ages and all levels of activity.

He is currently the doctor for the Irish Senior Rugby Team and has held similar positions with the British & Irish Lions, Liverpool Football Club and Leinster Rugby. He joined the Sports Surgery Clinic in 2013 having completed his consultancy training in Liverpool.

Dr Cosgrave graduated in medicine from Queen’s University Belfast in 2004 and has an MSc in Sports & exercise medicine from Trinity College Dublin. He also has qualifications in Sports psychology and Medical education. He has been an active member of the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine since 2015 and is currently the Chair of the Education committee.

Dr Cosgrave has a wealth of experience in elite sport. In addition to his experience in rugby and soccer, he has also worked in basketball, karate, judo, athletics and at the Olympic Games. At Sports Surgery Clinic he works closely with athletes and coaches on injury prevention and performance enhancement.

He has a particular interest in managing concussion and in ultrasound-guided injections of joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments and the spine.

  • Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, Bachelor of Obstetrics (MB, BCh, BAO), Queen’s University Belfast, 2004
  • Masters in Sports & Exercise Medicine, Trinity College Dublin, 2007
  • Member of the Royal College of Physicians, 2009
  • Diploma in Sports & Exercise Medicine (Edinburgh), 2010
  • Fellow of the Faculty of Sport & Exercise Medicine (UK), 2013
  • Fellow of the Faculty of Sports & Exercise Medicine ( IRL) 2015
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education, Edge Hill University, 2012
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Sports Psychology, Liverpool John Moore’s University, 2013
  • British & Irish Lions 2021
  • IRFU, 2016-Current
  • Leinster Rugby, 2014-2016
  • Liverpool Football Club, 2011-2013
  • London Olympic and Paralympic Games, 2012
  • Team GB Athletics, 2012
  • Mersey Tigers Basketball, 2009-2011
  • Ulster Karate Association, 2005-2013
  • London and Liverpool Marathon, 2011-2013
  • Northern Ireland Youth Football teams, 2007-2012
  • UK School Games 2011
  • Irish Youth Olympic squad, Belgrade 2007
  • Irish Inter-Varsities Rugby, 2007
  • Irish Judo Team, 2006
  • Irish Inter-Varsities Judo Champion, 2000-2007
  • Competed in Judo at the Youth Olympic Games, 1997
Dr Philip Carolan Santry

Philip E Carolan

Treatment and management of acute chronic sports injuries, musculoskeletal injuries, Groin & tendon injuries

• Graduated from Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 1996 and obtained a Fellowship in Sports & Exercise Medicine from RCPI & RCSI in 2003 and was elected Fellow of the Faculty of Sports & Exercise Medicine UK in 2008.
• Dean of the Faculty of Sports & Exercise Medicine RCPI & RCSI from November 2008 to November 2011. A Faculty board member since 2006 and has chaired a number of Faculty committees such as the Accreditation, MSK moodle and examination committees.
• Past member of the Medical Scientific & Welfare Committee of the GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association) and Chairman of the Gaelic Games Doctor’s Association.  He was involved in the GAA pilot study on cardiac screening of the athlete.

• Medical Director of the Cavan County Board GAA.
• Team doctor with the Cavan Senior and Under 21’s GAA teams and set up the medical care and treatment protocols for all teams involved in the Cavan County setup.
• Team doctor with the Ulster Railway cup team from 2001 to 2006.
• Trainer on the new Sports Immediate Care course, which has been developed to deal with acute care of the injured athlete.
• On the Irish Health Foundation Subcommittee on Sudden Cardiac death in Sport and is a member of the Ankylosing Spondylitis Awareness Council of Ireland.

Dr Paul Dobbelaar Sports Surgery Clinic

Paul Dobbelaar

Paul Dobbelaar is a Sports & Exercise Physician and Human Movement Scientist from the Netherlands. He graduated as MSc in Human Movement Science from Maastricht University in 1990 with a Master thesis in altitude physiology.


In 1995 he completed his medical training at Maastricht University. Dr Dobbelaar trained as Sports Physician from 1996 until 2000 in Veldhoven, Heerlen and at the Dutch National Sports Centre Papendal. Dr Dobbelaar has worked in his own sport medical practice in the South of the Netherlands since 2005. He has a broad experience in elite sports having worked as team doctor to the Dutch Climbing and Alpine Club, the Royal Dutch Cycling Union and the Dutch Triathlon Federation as well as Dutch Basketball championship winning team EBBC/Libertel Dolphins.


He was Head of the Medical Staff of the first professional football club in the Netherlands, Fortuna Sittard from 2005-2010. Dr Dobbelaar has a special interest in overuse sports injuries and exercise physiology, especially in relation to fatigue and diminished exercise capacity.

James O'Donovan Sports & Exercise Medicine Physician

James O’Donovan

Dr O’Donovan, MB BCh BaO, FFSEM, MFSEM (UK), MICGP, MCFP (Canada), MSc (SEM),Dip Sports Med (CASEM), LFOM


He graduated in medicine from University College Dublin and undertook specialist training in General Practice at the University of Limerick in 2012 followed by a Masters in Sports & Exercise medicine at Trinity College Dublin in 2013.


He then completed fellowship training at the Sports Surgery Clinic, Dublin and University of British Columbia, Vancouver.


He has a wealth of team experience working as team doctor for Irish international underage male and female teams including Irish soccer teams(U15-U19) and the Irish rugby U20 World Cup team in 2015. He was head of medical services in Munster Rugby 2015-2016 and was the lead doctor for Leinster Rugby 2016-2017. He was Irish team doctor for the 2015 European games in Azerbaijan as well as the Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games 2016.


Jim has recently returned from the University of British Columbia where he was the doctor to the university sports teams across 25 different disciplines and he continues to work with a multitude of sports and athletes as they prepare for Tokyo 2020 through his role as Sports Physician at the Irish Institute of Sport.


As a member of the GAA Medical and Scientific Committee and GPA Medical Advisor, he has been involved in drawing up guidelines to deal with issues such as concussion and player welfare. He has previously been secretary of the FAI committee and a member of the medical committee of PRO14 Rugby.


Jim was an active sportsman who held a professional development contract with Leinster Rugby following completion of his initial medical training and also represented Limerick Gaelic Footballers at midfield from 2008 to 2013 going on to play in two Munster Finals and an All-Ireland Quarter Final.


He has published chapters in the renowned Brukner & Khan’s 2019 Sports Medicine Text and also Triathlon Medicine text. His current research topics include effects of running on cartilage and non-surgical management of knee osteoarthritis. He has a special interest in foot and ankle issues, tendons and stress fractures, promoting physical activity in all age groups and treating musculoskeletal conditions in adolescent and elderly populations. He performs joint and tendon injections using ultrasound guidance.

Dr Ronan Kearney SSC

Ronan Kearney

Dr Ronan Kearney [FFSEM, MFSEM (UK), MB, BCh, BAO, MICGP, MSc (SEM), Dip (MSK, FIFA, Occ. H)] is a Consultant Sports and Exercise Medicine Physician at the Sports Surgery Clinic, Dublin alongside sporting roles with Sport Ireland Institute, European Tour Golf and Louth GAA.

He completed undergraduate medical training at the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland. After working across a number of Orthopaedic and Emergency Medicine roles in Ireland and Australia, he completed an MSc in Sports and Exercise Medicine at Trinity College Dublin. Subsequently he undertook General Practice training at RCSI/Dublin before completing Higher Specialist Training in Sports and Exercise Medicine with the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine (RCSI/RCPI).

Dr Kearney has worked as Team Doctor across a number of sports including: Soccer (Rep. of Ireland Men’s U18, U21, Rep. of Ireland Women’s U16, Women’s National Senior Team, Shamrock Rovers FC), Rugby (Trinity Rugby, Easts Rugby Union Brisbane), GAA (Louth GAA, Castlebar Mitchells), Athletics (Sport Ireland Institute, Dublin Marathon Series) and Rowing (Commercial Rowing Club Dublin). He has also been an Expedition Doctor on Mount Kilimanjaro and has worked as Medical Officer at multiple European Tour golf events.

He is an Associate Editor for the BMJ Open Sport and Exercise Medicine Journal having previously held the role of Lead Author for Education from other Journals section of the British Journal of Sports Medicine. He is a Sports and Exercise Medicine lecturer to the MSc Sports and Exercise Medicine (Trinity College Dublin) and Paramedic Studies (University of Limerick) postgraduate courses. He is Chairman of the Gaelic Athletic Medical Association, Secretary of the Football Association of Ireland Medical Committee as well as member of the Irish Society of Lifestyle Medicine and FSEM Education Committee.

Ronan is an active sportsman having previously played underage intercounty gaelic football for Louth and now enjoys running, cycling, hiking and golfing.

Stuart O’Flanagan

Dr Stuart O’Flanagan

FFSEM (Ireland) MFSEM (UK) MICGP BMBS MSc (Oxon) BSc Hons Physiotherapy

Dr O’Flanagan is the first Irish trained Consultant in Sports & Exercise Medicine. He has extensive experience in elite sport. He holds the roles of Leinster Rugby Team Doctor and Medical Lead to the IRFU National Rugby Sevens Programme. He joins SSC having returned from the Olympic Games in Tokyo with the Irish Men’s Rugby Sevens Team. He was also appointed as the Ireland Rugby Senior Team Doctor for the 2021 Summer Series.

Dr O’Flanagan initially trained as a Chartered Physiotherapist. He worked for a number of years with a focus on sports injuries and musculoskeletal conditions. He undertook a Sports Medicine Fellowship at the Stellenbosch University Sports Performance Institute (SUSPI), South Africa. He covered a range of elite varsity sports including netball, hockey, tennis, athletics, swimming and soccer. He also worked with the Western Province/Stormers Super Rugby academy. He then read for an MSc in Sports Medicine at the University of Oxford.

Dr O’Flanagan completed his medical studies at the University of Limerick and primary specialist training in General Practice via the Trinity College Dublin/HSE Training Scheme. He subsequently completed Higher Specialist Training in Sports and Exercise Medicine through the FSEM in Ireland. Previous roles in sport include Team Doctor with Dublin GAA (Minor and U21 football teams) and with rugby teams including Ireland Club XV, Ireland U19, Ireland U20 (Junior World Championships 2018 & 2019), Leinster U18, 19, 20’s and A teams. Dr O’Flanagan also acts as an independent match day doctor for concussion and injury recognition at 6 Nations and international rugby games. He regularly consults with individual elite athletes including Major winning golfers on the European and US PGA Tours.

Dr O’Flanagan is passionate about physical activity and is a strong advocate for exercise prescription in all populations. He played rugby at semi-professional level in the English National League and the All Ireland League and was a recipient of the Major Stanley Rugby Scholarship at the University of Oxford.

Dr O’Flanagan specialises in the diagnosis and non-operative management of acute and chronic sports injuries and musculoskeletal conditions in patients at all levels of sport and recreation as well as occupational related issues. Clinical interests include acute soft tissue injuries, concussion, illness and injury prevention in sport and diagnostic and interventional musculoskeletal ultrasound. He takes a particular interest in the medicine of high performance environments and works closely with elite athletes and teams to optimise performance and long term health.

Diploma of Sports and Exercise Medicine (MFSEM Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh)

Member of Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine Ireland (MFSEM)

Member of Irish College of General Practitioners (MICGP)

MB BS, University of Limerick

MSc Sports Medicine, Linacre College, University of Oxford

BSc Hons Physiotherapy, Oxford Brookes University



Current Appointments
• Team Doctor Leinster Rugby (Consultant in Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation) 2018-Present
• Medical Lead National Rugby Sevens Team (Olympic Games, Tokyo) 2021-Present
• Independent Match Day Doctor (6 Nations & Autumn Internationals, Women’s and Men’s U20’s 6 Nations) 2015-Present

Previous Appointments:
• Team Doctor: Ireland Rugby Team (Summer Series 2021)
• Team Doctor: Ireland U20’s (6 Nations Grand Slam 2019, Junior World Championships 2018, 2019)
• Team Doctor: Ireland Clubs XV (2015-2020)
• Team Doctor: Leinster Schools, U18 Clubs, U19’s, U20’s Interprovincial Series (2015-2018)
• Team Doctor: Dublin GAA (Minor’s and U21’s) 2016
• Sports Medicine International Fellow, Stellenbosch University and Western Province Rugby Institute (2008)
• Physiotherapist: St Mary’s College RFC (Leinster Senior Cup & All Ireland League Winners 2012)
• Physiotherapist: Sport England
• Physiotherapist: Rugby Canada (U19 Junior World Cup, Belfast 2007)

Dr Matthew Cosgrave SSC

Matthew Cosgrave


Dr Matthew Cosgrave is a Consultant in Sports and Exercise Medicine. A graduate of Medicine from Queen’s University Belfast in 2011, Dr Cosgrave undertook an MSc in Sports and Exercise Medicine at The University of Bath before completing specialty training in General Practice in Belfast in 2018. Dr Cosgrave worked as a general practitioner with a specialist interest in musculoskeletal and sports team care and as a specialty doctor in pre-hospital medicine before moving to Dublin to complete Higher Specialty Training in Sports and Exercise Medicine in Ireland.

Dr Cosgrave has an extensive background in elite and international sport both as an athlete and as team physician. He has been Team Doctor to The Irish Women’s Rugby Team since 2019 and serves as a Medical Officer to Connacht Rugby Senior Men’s Team. Previous team physician roles include Team Doctor to Team NI at The 2018 Commonwealth Games and 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games, Team Doctor to The Irish Football Association and Medical Officer to The Belfast Giants Ice Hockey Team, Louth GAA, Linfield Football Club and Ulster Rugby Schools.

Dr Cosgrave represented Northern Ireland and Ireland internationally over a 20-year career history in Men’s Artistic Gymnastics, competing at multiple Commonwealth Games, World and European Championships

Dr Cosgrave has been an active member of The Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine since 2018 and is currently the co-chair of the educational committee. He has an interest in elite athlete health and performance, injury surveillance and team dynamics in high performance.