Department of Health CMO


Prof. Breda Smyth has been appointed as Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health, following an open competition that took place through the Top-Level Appointment Commission (TLAC) process. Prof. Smyth has been interim Chief Medical Officer in the Department since July of this year.

She has extensive clinical experience, has specialised in public health for the last 16 years and was formerly Professor for Public Health Medicine in NUI Galway and Consultant in Public Health in HSE West. 

Professor Smyth completed her primary degree in Medicine (MB, BCh, BAO) in University College Galway. She then continued her training in the Royal College of Physicians Ireland, undertook a Masters in Public Health in University College Dublin, a Medical Doctorate in NUI Galway and a post-doctoral fellowship in UCLA. Professor Smyth was conferred as a Member of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine of Ireland in 2005, and, in 2013, was made a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine in Ireland.

Professor Smyth joins the Department on a three year secondment from her position with the HSE, on the terms and conditions advertised for the role.