Born in Sligo, Dr David Tansey graduated with an MBA


Sligo-born doctor David Tansey who works at Sligo University Hospital also showed a flair for business after earning a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, Dublin with Honors first class.

avid was awarded the prestigious ASPIRE Fellowship to complete the part-time MBA from September 2019 to June 2021, while working at the time at Mater Hospital in Dublin, before moving to Sligo with his wife, Katherine Tansey, who is also a doctor, in July 2021.

“The MBA was a huge amount of work and kept me busy for the past two years. complete a large number of additional team meetings, group projects, studies, reviews and other tasks throughout the week.

“I have had very little free time over the past two years. The MBA taught me a lot and I am delighted to have received an excellent mention. However, it is certainly the knowledge, experience and insights I have gained from my classmates that have the most impact on me. Our class was made up of a diverse group of leaders from different backgrounds, which added rich depth to all of our classroom discussions and learning.

“The MBA represents a huge opportunity to equip me with business acumen and entrepreneurial skills to increase my clinical knowledge and expertise. This combination of medical and managerial skills will then enable me to become a transformative leader at the forefront of Irish healthcare reform and service development in the HSE, when I become a consultant endocrinologist.

“As the cost of delivering healthcare increases and physicians are challenged to do more with fewer resources, it is essential that tomorrow’s consultants have the business prowess to run efficient and efficient services and hospitals. profitable in addition to our clinical work.

“I will be eternally grateful to the ASPIRE program for this huge opportunity and intend to reward their generosity by using my newfound MBA skills to revolutionize the delivery of healthcare in Ireland for the benefit of all patients and Irish society. in general. I was honored to join the prestigious ASPIRE network and I am honored to be part of such a dynamic, progressive and innovative group of young leaders, at the forefront of their respective industries.

David is a doctor of medicine specializing in endocrinology, diabetes mellitus and general internal medicine. Prior to the MBA, David graduated from University College Dublin (UCD) Medical School in 2014. He was subsequently also admitted as a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (MRCPI) in 2017.

The majority of his medical practice has been in teaching hospitals in Ireland, including Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, St. James Hospital, Tallaght University Hospital and Sligo University Hospital. However, David has always had a keen interest in international health and has a wide range of international medical exhibitions and experiences, having previously spent time at Harvard Affiliated Brigham and Womens Hospital in Boston, USA. and at the Royal Perth Hospital in Perth, Australia.

David has always been a strong advocate for advancements in global health and development. He was one of three doctors who founded the first branch of the international NGO, Médecins sans frontières (MSF), at UCD.

He has lived and worked in a number of developing countries and has also completed a number of humanitarian medical aid projects in Zambia, Uganda and India. David is also a graduate of the Washington Ireland Program, worked at Capitol Hill in 2011 and previously served on the board of directors of the registered international development charity, UCD Volunteers Overseas (UCDVO).

“As healthcare costs in Ireland skyrocket and waiting lists hit an all-time high, we need innovative thinking and new ideas from doctors. As COVID-19 has radically changed medicine and life in Ireland, maintaining the status quo in a drastically altered medical landscape is no longer sustainable.

“Doctors cannot work in silos, dealing exclusively with the clinical and medical part of our work, we must take responsibility and learn how to manage services and deliver health care efficiently and cost effectively for the benefit of the patient. our patients.

“I am passionate about pursuing this goal and see the MBA as an opportunity for me to learn how to do it. The MBA represents a huge opportunity not only for me but also for Irish healthcare in general. My goal in pursuing the MBA is to improve my skills and improve myself with the aim of becoming a better doctor and a better healthcare leader for my patients and Irish healthcare.

David enjoys keeping fit, swimming in the sea at Rosses Point Beach, going to the gym and running. He has completed several triathlons. He has a keen interest in politics and is a regular contributor to Virgin Media One’s The Tonight Show and The Irish Times. David lives with his GP, his wife Katherine in Rosses Point and is expecting their first baby in early 2022.


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