The Pillar Centre is delighted to welcome Prof Shirley Potter as our new Co-Director of Research! Shirley will co-direct our research programme with Prof Joseph Butler Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, MMUH.
Shirley is a Consultant Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon at MMUH, as well as an Associate Professor at University College Dublin. She completed fellowships in reconstructive microsurgery at St Vincent’s Hospital and The Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, and Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Taiwan, followed by fellowships in cancer reconstruction at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne. During her surgical training she completed a PhD in tumour biology under HRB Clinician Scientist scholarship, as well as an intercalated BSc degree in Anatomy.
Shirley is a principal investigator with the Wellcome-HRB Irish Clinical and Academic Training program, supervising PhD and Masters students at the Conway Institute and the Charles Institute, UCD, where her main research focus is Malignant Melanoma. She is an active member of Cancer Trials Ireland and Chair of the Irish Melanoma Forum. She was recently awarded the Irish Cancer Society Clinician Research Leadership Award.
Shirley has a keen interest in surgical education, in particular microsurgery simulation. She is on the faculty of trainers for core and higher surgical training at RCSI, and has been the recipient of NDTP Spark Seed funding and the Blackstone LaunchPad award for innovations in healthcare and education.