Prof. Francis Finucane

Professor of Medicine NUI Galway, Consultant Endocrinologist.



Francis Finucane is a consultant endocrinologist at Galway University Hospitals and an honorary personal professor in medicine at NUI Galway.  He graduated from RCSI in 1998 and completed training in general medicine and endocrinology at the Mater and Beaumont Hospitals in Dublin.

He undertook a clinical research fellowship at St. James’s Hospital for which he was awarded an MD in 2008 by the University of Dublin (TCD).  This work investigated cardiovascular and metabolic perturbations in Irish children with obesity as well as the response to exercise in young patients with type 2 diabetes.  Specifically, he described for the first time in Irish children the association between excess body weight and elevated blood pressure and also insulin resistance.

Thereafter, Prof. Finucane won both the Graves'- and the Bristol Myers Squibb/ Sanofi- Travelling Fellowships from the Irish Endocrine Society in 2006, which funded the start of a post-doctoral fellowship at the MRC Epidemiology Unit in Cambridge, UK.  This led to a three-year MRC-funded Career Development Fellowship there, where he led the first trial to show that aerobic exercise reduces liver fat content in humans.  He also contributed to genetic epidemiological studies that identified mechanistically important diabetes risk markers and he devised a new method for measuring whole-body insulin sensitivity.

Since returning to Ireland in 2010, Prof. Finucane has established a regional bariatric service in the West of Ireland, the busiest centre in the country providing multidisciplinary care to patients with severe and complicated obesity.  He was the clinical lead for endocrinology in the Saolta group from 2014 to 2018.  He is a member of several international scientific organisations and is on the scientific committee of the European Diabetes Epidemiology Group since 2016.  He has over 60 peer reviewed publications.

As of January 2020 (according to Publons) he is the highest ranked peer reviewer across all academic disciplines at NUI Galway and is the highest ranked peer reviewer in clinical medicine in Ireland. He sits on the editorial board of the journal Obesity Surgery.  He has served on RCPI policy groups on obesity and physical activity and on the RCPI examinations board and is currently a junior fellow on Council at RCPI.

He was awarded the inaugural Clinical Research Career Development Fellowship from the Saolta Hospital Group in 2019. He is currently establishing Ireland's first and only Masters of Science in Obesity in collaboration with his colleagues at NUI Galway.


Research Publications

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