Successful fertility treatment involves the skill of a wide range of highly trained staff including doctors, scientists, nurses and administrative personnel. The team at Galway Fertility Clinic actively participate in fertility-related professional organisations at a national level and frequently attend international conferences and training courses to keep abreast of the most up-to-date techniques, technology and trends within the reproductive field.
Dr. Declan Egan
MB, BCh, BAO, MRCOG
Dr. Declan Egan is the Medical Director of the Galway Fertility Clinic. He graduated in medicine from University College Dublin in 1978. From a broad base of posts spanning medicine, surgery, psychiatry and paediatrics his career became more focused on obstetrics and gynaecology and finally reproductive medicine.
His initial training in general obstetrics and gynaecology was conducted in the National Maternity Hospital, Dublin, after which he spent ten years in the United Kingdom. In Hull Royal Infirmary he worked with one of the pioneers of laparoscopic surgery and returned there to do training in tubal microsurgery. He worked as a Registrar for two years in Northwick Park Hospital and Clinical Research Centre in Harrow, London, where he gained further expertise in laparoscopic and tubal microsurgery.
The majority of his time in the U.K. was spent in the Nuffield Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, John Radcliff Hospital, Oxford, where he worked for seven years, holding posts of Clinical Research Fellow in Reproductive Medicine and lecturer to Professor David Barlow, Head of Department. Dr. Egan was the first doctor to follow the Subspecialty Training Programme in Reproductive Medicine in Oxford and was responsible for the day to day running of the Oxford IVF Programme, the Donor Insemination Programme and the Andrology Unit.
Dr. Egan was appointed to his current post of Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at University Hospital, Galway and Lecturer in NUI Galway, in July 1993. He established Galway Fertility Clinic in January 1994 in the Maternity Department, University Hospital Galway. He was the first Obstetrics and Gynaecology Subspecialist to be appointed in Ireland, with his subspecialty being Reproductive Medicine.
Dr. Una Conway
MB, BCh, BAO, BA, MRCOG
Dr. Una Conway is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin (1996). Upon completion of her initial training Dr. Conway took a post of Registrar in Obstetrics and Gynaecology the University College Hospital Galway (UCHG) (1999-2000). It was during this time that she developed an interest in Reproductive Endocrinology and Fertility. Having completed the Membership of the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (MRCOG) in 2000 Dr. Conway entered the Specialist Registrar Training Scheme in Dublin Maternity Hospitals, in 2001.
In Nov. 2002 Dr. Conway took a Fellowship position in Reproductive Endocrinology and Fertility in Sydney, Australia, and remained there until June 2006. During this time Dr. Conway entered the Royal Australia and New Zealand College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology training post in reproductive endocrinology (RANZCOG) and held positions in St. George’s Hospital, Kogarah; Royal Hospital for Women, Randwick and IVF Australia, Syndey. Dr. Conway developed a special interest in Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and conducted both clinical and laboratory based research in this area, throughout her time in Australia and participated in many clinical trials in IVF through IVF Australia. She also had the opportunity to train in minimal access surgery with a particular interest in fertility including endometriosis. Dr. Conway also held the position of Conjoint lecturer in University of New South Wales and wrote a module on infertility, which was part of the core curriculum for undergraduates.
Upon her return to Ireland, July 2006, Dr. Conway was appointed Senior Registrar in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Coombe Women’s Hospital, Dublin, where she continued training in minimal access surgery. In July 2007 Dr. Conway was awarded CSCST in Obstetrics and Gynaecology from Royal College of Physicians, Ireland and entered on the Specialist Register as a Consultant (MRCPI). Dr. Conway returned to Galway in Oct. 2007 to join the team at GFC and to take up the post of Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist in University College Hospital Galway.
Dr. Eithne Lowe
MB. BCh., BAO (QU Belfast), MPhil., MRCOG
Dr. Eithne Lowe is a graduate of Queen’s University, Belfast (1987). She received her Registrar training in General Obstetrics and Gynaecology in North East Thames Region, UK (1990-1999) and was awarded her CCST (certificate of completion of specialist training) in 1998. Dr. Lowe worked as Locum Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, in the Whittington Hospital, London in 2000. Upon her return to Ireland (2001) Dr. Lowe joined the medical team of the Galway Fertility Clinic and has held the position of Consultant Gynaecologist since then. In addition, Dr. Lowe held the position of Locum Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist in Galway University Hospital (2005-2006). Since 2007 Dr. Lowe has also been assigned admitting rights as a Consultant Gynaecologist at the Bons Secours Hospital, Galway.
Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist Fertility Subspecialist
MD, DGO, MRCOG, MRCPI, MICOG, FRANZCOG
Dr. Nikhil Purandare graduated from Medical College in 2002. His training in Obsterics and Gynaecology in Ireland started in Galway. He subsequently worked at the Rotunda Hospital under the then Master, Prof. Michael Geary. Having completed the Membership of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (2007), he was admitted into the specialist registrar-training programme. He subsequently completed the Membership of the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (MRCOG), UK in 2008. He was awarded the CCST (Completion of Training) in 2013.
Dr. Nikhil Purandare completed an MD with the eminent Prof Prendiville in the field of ‘Biospectroscopy for the early detection of the pre-cancer of the cervix’. This research won the first prize at the British Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology Annual Congress.
Dr. Nikhil Purandare subsequently worked as a Locum Consultant at the Rotunda Hospital for 4 months prior to being successfully admitted into the Reproductive Medicine subspecialty training programme. Over the next two years he trained in IVF technologies, reproductive endocrinology, recurrent miscarriage, male infertility, operative laparoscopy, operative hysteroscopy and tubal microsurgery. He has many research publications on ways to improve pregnancy rates and also in the field of early pregnancy loss.
Dr. Purandare then went on to do a minimal access surgical fellowship at the Mater Hospital. He returned to Galway where he was appointed as a Consultant Obstetrican and Gynaecologist and Reproductive Medicine Specialist in Jan 2016.
Dr. Nikhil Purandare was recently awarded the Fellowship of the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology from the Austraian and New Zealand College. He has won numerous awards including the Young Gynaecologist award (AOFOG, New Zealand) and Laparoscopic Olympiad Award 2011 (Ireland) and is regularly invited as a guest speaker to international conferences. He also regularly goes to India to do Pro-bono work.
Having worked in all the large maternity hospitals in Dublin, Dr. Nikhil Purandare has had excellent training in Obstetrics and the management of labour. He also has the required surgical skills for major open and laparoscopic gynaecological procedures. He is one of a few subspecialists in Reproductive Medicine in Ireland and has a keen interest in previous IVF failures and recurrent miscarriage.
Dr Zaib Shafi
MBBS (Pakistan), MRCOG (RCOG) Diploma in Women’s Health (RCPI), Diploma in Family Planning (RCOG) Certificate in Genitourinary Medicine (Royal Victoria Hospital Belfast).
Dr Shafi is originally a graduate of Fatima Jinnah, Medical College in Pakistan, where she completed her basic training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. She qualified with the Irish Medical Council having completed her registration exams in 2000. Thereafter she worked in various teaching hospitals throughout Ireland. She has also worked in the area of family planning and genitourinary Medicine in Altnagelvin Hospital, in Derry.
Dr Shafi joined the team at Galway Fertility Clinic in 2010 where she holds the position of Clinical Fellow Registrar. Her responsibilities include performing procedures such as Egg Retrievals, Cyst Aspirations, Hydrotubations, Endometrial Scratches and review of clients on treatment as necessary.
Galway Fertility Clinic currently has a nursing team of nine. Each of our nurses is state registered and has both general nurse and midwifery training and experience. Between them, our nursing team has over 35 years of fertility experience. Our nurses are responsible for the co-ordination and management of client treatment plans as determined by our medical consultants, and strive to provide professional, compassionate, sensitive and understanding care to all our clients.
- Jacinta Dermody RGN, RM (Senior Nurse)
- Michelle Cahill RGN, RM (Senior Nurse / Clinical Quality)
- Carmel Whiriskey RGN, RM
- Mary McManamon RGN, RM
- Regina O’Grady RGN, RM
- Ciana Moorcroft RGN, RM
- Imelda Cafferky RGN, RM
- Mary O’Leary RGN, RM
- Helen Scanlon RGN, RM
The Fertility Clinic has a team of 5 scientists ranging in experience from 7 to 17 years. The four senior Embryologists have an academic history and have published and presented in the area of assisted human reproduction. All actively participate at national and international symposia, conferences and courses.
Jenny Cloherty joined Galway Fertility in 1997, and has trained as an Andrologist and Embryologist. Jenny was instrumental in gaining our Tissue Establishment Licence in 2009, and she has been the Laboratory Director since 2011, and heads a team of three other experienced Embryologists, one Andrologist, a Laboratory Assistant, and occasional visiting trainees.
- Sharon Warner – Senior Embryologist
- Fiona Toal – Embryologist
- Martina Filova – Embryologist
- Catherine Gibbons – Embryologist
- Yvonne Duggan – Andrologist
Our administrative team currently consists of three medical secretaries, specifically trained to deal with all of your queries. Friendly and helpful they are the first point of contact with the clinic and can assist with any questions you may have.
- Ann Marie Donnellan
- Linda Finnerty
- Emer Burke
Quality and Operations
- Damien Connolly