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Walter Cullen

Full Professor Of Urban General Practise
School of Medicine
01 7166561
University College Dublin, School of Medicine, Health Sciences Centre Belfield Dublin 4

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I am a general practitioner and Professor of Urban General Practice at UCD School of Medicine (2014-date) and previously, was Foundation Professor of General Practice at the University of Limerick Graduate Entry Medical School (2009-14). I want to encourage, initiate, conduct, publish and implement collaborative research that is relevant to clinical general practice / primary care and to increase our understanding of long-term conditions, mental health problems / substance use and other health problems, and to stimulate better care and prevention. I am particularly interested in helping GPs and other healthcare professionals in primary care who wish to conduct research or evaluate innovation in practice. I also want to teach / support / mentor medical students and postgraduate students and have a longstanding interest in supporting community based medical education especially in supporting medical school affiliated Primary Care Teaching Networks. Career outputs include: a. Teaching & learning: I was part of the team that established Ireland's newest medical school - the Graduate Entry Medical School at the University of Limerick (2009-14). As Foundation Professor of General Practice I led the team who established the General Practice / Primary Care curriculum, assessment and teaching practice networks. The 18-week teaching programme remains the longest core General Practice medical student activity in Ireland. I was also part of the team who led the development of the Medicine & the Community module at UCD in 2009 and teach on this module today. b. Clinical: Provided clinical care to patients in two socio-economically deprived urban areas (Limerick City and Dublin South Inner City). As GMS Principal at both practices, responsible for practice management, service / infrastructure expansion and primary care team integration. c. Research: Lead team of researchers that includes Primary Care Research Group at UCD School of Medicine. Supervised six PhD students to graduation at UCD (1), UL (4), University of Bath (1) and currently supervise PhD (1), MD (3), MSc (1) students . Active collaborations with over 40 agencies, with nearly all research involving collaborations with colleagues from HSE and service user representatives.


  • Director of Quality Improvement
    UCD, School of Medicine, Ireland1 Jul 2016
  • Head of Subject (General Practice)
    UCD, School of Medicine, Dublin, Ireland1 Sep 2017


  • Lecturer, Department of General Practice
    University College Dublin1 Mar 1999 - 28 Feb 2002
  • Research Registrar, HIV in Primary Care Research Project, Department of General Practice
    University College Dublin1 Jul 1998 - 28 Feb 1999
  • Visiting lecturer
    University of Melbourne1 Sep 2008 - 31 Dec 2008
  • Foundation Professor of General Practice
    University of Limerick1 Oct 2009 - 31 Aug 2014
  • Professor of Urban General Practice
    University College Dublin1 Sep 2014


  • General Practice Trainee
    Eastern Regional GP Vocational Training Programme1 Jul 1995 - 30 Jun 1998
  • House Officer (Intern)
    Adelaide and Meath Hospitals1 Jul 1994 - 30 Jun 1998
  • GP Principal
    HSE, Dublin, Ireland1 Sep 1998


  • BAO
    University College Dublin
  • BCh
    University College Dublin
  • MB
    University College Dublin
    Irish Coll Gen Practitioners
    Royal College of General Pract
  • MD
    University College Dublin
  • HDip University Teaching & Learning
    University College Dublin


  • Graduate Diploma University Teaching & Learning
    University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland1 Jan 2004 - 1 Sep 2006