Professor Breda Smyth has been appointed interim Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health. The Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly, today announced that Professor Smyth will take up the role at the Department from 4 July, pending the completion of an open competition to fill the role on a permanent basis.
She is being seconded to the Department on a short-term basis. Dr Tony Holohan will resign as CMO on 1 July after 14 years in the role.
Professor Smyth has specialised in public health for the last 16 years. She is currently Professor for Public Health Medicine in NUI Galway and Consultant in Public Health in HSE West.