Irish Society of Physicians in Geriatric Medicine is the EuGMS member society
specialist geriatricians

Irish Gerontological Society

Some facts on demography and geriatrics in Ireland…

Total population: 4.74 million
Percentage above 65 Yr: 13.2%
Percentage above 80 Yr: 2.9%

Number of physicians: 16,000
Number of geriatricians: 130
Total number of hospital beds: 12,000
Number of geriatric beds: 500 (acute geriatric beds)

Geriatrics is recognised as a...

  • speciality since >40 years.

Geriatric medicine is found in...

  • acute care hospitals as acute geriatric wards
  • out-patient care settings
  • post-acute rehabilitation hospitals/clinics
  • nursing homes or long term care facilities
  • stroke services
  • dementia/memory services
  • integrated community care

Members of the society

Irish Society of Physicians in Geriatric Medicine

Geriatricians: 130
Nurses: NIL
Other therapists: NIL

Irish Gerontological Society

Total number of Members: 300
Geriatricians: 70
GP’s: 0
Internists: 0
Nurses: 85
Other therapists: 145

Other activities…

  • Annual Scientific Meeting and an Annual research Seminar of the Irish Gerontological Society
  • Summarised in: Health care for older people in Ireland. D O'Neill, S O'Keeffe. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 51 (9), 1280-1286

List of geriatric chairs/senior lecturers and research centres in Ireland

  • Trinity College Dublin (Prof Rose Anne Kenny, Prof Desmond O'Neill, Prof Sean Kennelly, Prof Roman Romero-Ortuno)
  • University College Cork (Prof. William Molloy, Prof Denis O’Mahoney, Dr Suzanne Timmons)
  • Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland (Prof. David Williams)
  • National University of Ireland Galway (Prof. Martin O’Donnell, Prof Shaun O'Keeffe)
  • University College Dublin (Prof Lorraine Kyne)
  • University of Limerick (Prof Paul Finucane, Prof. Declan Lyons)

Contact details

Irish Society of Physicians in Geriatric Medicine

The president of the Society:
Prof Desmond O'Neill

General Assembly member in the EuGMS:
Dr. Paula Hickey

Email: rocaoimh(at)

Irish Gerontological Society



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