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Fidelma Fitzpatrick

Consultant Microbiologist, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, Ireland and Professor and Head of Department, Clinical Microbiology, RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences

Prof. Fitzpatrick, BA (Mod), MB BAO BCh, MD, DME, PGDip Med Ed, FRCPI, FRCPath. is the Head of Department and Professor of Clinical Microbiology in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and consultant clinical microbiologist in Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, Ireland. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she played a lead role in the hospital and university infection prevention and control response and was a collaborator on three COVID-19-related projects funded by the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI): COVID-19 Rapid Response call in 2020. Previously she worked at a national level from 2010-2014 as the first clinical lead for the prevention of healthcare-associated infection (HCAI) and antimicrobial resistance (AMR), She was elected chair of European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Study Group for Clostridioides difficile in 2020 and is the chair of the National Sepsis Committee, Scientific Advisory Committee Health Protection Surveillance Committee.. She has authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications, most recently on aspects of the Hospital COVID-19 response and C. difficile infection.


  • 2021–present
    Chair professor and Consultant Microbiologist, RCSI and Beaumont Hospital
  • 2014–2021
    Senior lecturer and Consultant Microbiologist, RCSI and Beaumont Hospital
  • 2010–2014
    National Clinical Lead, Prevention of Healthcare-associated Infection and Antimicrobial Resistance, , Quality and Patient Safety Division, Health Services Executive,
  • 2007–2010
    Consultant Microbiologist, , Beaumont Hospital and Health Protection Surveillance Centre,


  • 2016 
    RCSI, Higher Diploma in Medical Education
  • 2013 
    Healthcare Improvement Scotland, Scottish Patient Safety Fellowship
  • 2010 
    FRCPI, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland
  • 2005 
    University College Dublin and Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, MD
  • 2002 
    Royal College of Pathologists, London, UK, FRCPath
  • 1996 
    RCPI, Diploma in Medicine for the Elderly
  • 1995 
    Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, MRCPI
  • 1993 
    University of Dublin, Trinity College, MB BAO BCh
  • 1991 
    University of Dublin, Trinity College, BA (Mod) Hons II.I in Microbiology,