Prof. Sean Dinneen

Senior Lecturer in Medicine, NUI Galway, Consultant Endocrinologist, National Lead for the Diabetes Clinical Programme.



Seán Dinneen graduated from University College Cork Medical School in Ireland. After a period of postgraduate training in Ireland he travelled to the USA where he completed training in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He was awarded a Mayo Foundation Scholarship and completed a Masters in Clinical Epidemiology at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada before returning to a staff position at the Mayo Clinic in the Division of Endocrinology with a joint appointment to the Division of Health Services Research. In 2000 he was appointed as a Community Diabetologist in Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, UK, one of the first such appointments in the NHS. He returned to Ireland in 2005 as a Senior Lecturer in Medicine (NUI Galway) and Consultant Endocrinologist (Galway University Hospitals). He was Head of the School of Medicine in NUI Galway from 2013 to 2016. In 2016 he was appointed National Lead for the Diabetes Clinical Programme of the Irish Health Service Executive and received a Personal Professorship from NUI Galway.

His professional interests include developing and evaluating programmes of self-management education for people with diabetes, developing optimal models of community-based diabetes care and understanding the diabetic foot. He has secured research funding from the Health Research Board, Enterprise Ireland, Diabetes Ireland (through the Medical Research Charities Group) and the European Foundation for the Study of Diabetes. In addition he was part of successful bids which brought a School of Podiatry and a Clinical Research Facility to NUI Galway. He served as National Specialty Director for the Endocrinology and Diabetes Mellitus Specialist Registrar Training Programme in the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland from 2009 to 2014. He sits on the Postgraduate Education Committee of EASD (European Association for the Study of Diabetes) and co-ordinates their Extra-European courses.

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