Ronan Canavan
Prof. Ronan Canavan
Consultant Endocrinologist,
St. Columcille’s and St. Vincent’s University Hospitals


Róisín Kavanagh

Róisín is the administrator with the East Coast Area Diabetes (ECAD) team and can be reached on: Telephone: 2744324, Fax: 2744377 and email address: Please feel free to contact Róisín regarding both Pre-diabetes Group Education Sessions and X-PERT Group Education for Type 2 diabetes. Any general enquiries for the ECAD Team can also be directed to Róisín.

Joanne LoweJoanne Lowe
Community Diabetes Nurse Specialist

Joanne Lowe works for integrated care across south-east Dublin and County Wicklow. She trained as a nurse in Birmingham.

Prior to her present role, Joanne has worked in diabetes in a variety of settings: practice nurse, diabetes research, nurse advisor and secondary care. She graduated from Warwick University in 2012 with an MSc in Diabetes and has had her writing published in Diabetes & Primary Care. Joanne represents the Republic of Ireland and is general secretary of the Primary Care Diabetes Society committee.

Deirdre HallDeirdre Hall
Community Diabetes Nurse Specialist

Deirdre has trained as a general nurse and midwife. Over the years she has undertaken a Bachelor of Nursing Studies (BNS), DCU, MSc Primary Health Care, RCSI and Higher Diploma in Nursing - Diabetes, UCD. From 2013 – 2015 she was diabetes nurse lead on the National Diabetes Clinical Care Programme.

Deirdre worked for many years as a practice nurse before joining ECAD in 2002. She delivers diabetes care and supports the management of Type 2 diabetes within the primary care setting. She forms a tangible link with local diabetes centres at St.Vincent’s University, Columcille’s and Michael’s Hospitals.

Claire DingleClaire Dingle
Community Diabetes Nurse Specialist

Claire has been working in diabetes in secondary care in SVUH since 2006 and joined the ECAD team in January 2017. She did a Higher Diploma in Diabetes Nursing in 2008. Claire worked as a DAFNE educator-( Dose Adjustment for Normal Eating), a structured education programme for Type 1 diabetes in SVUH. As well as gaining extensive inpatient and outpatient diabetes management of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes in the acute setting Claire was involved in staff training and development and review of local protocols and guidelines, audit and research.

Claire's present role as part of the ECAD team is the management of Type 2 diabetes in the primary care setting. Claire is directly linked with St Vincent's University Hospital Diabetes Centre and attends the outpatients clinic there every Monday.

Anna DohertyAnna Doherty
Senior Community Diabetes Podiatrist

Anna graduated from Queen Margaret University College in Edinburgh with a BSc degree in Podiatry in 2006. She then went on to do further studies in her area of interest and obtained a post graduate diploma in Diabetes.

Anna spent 2 years in private practice in Dublin before moving to London to work for the NHS in St George's Trust, where she spent 7 years working in all areas of Podiatry on rotations with weekly input in to Queen Mary's Hospital in the Diabetic Foot Clinic. During this time, she also fulfilled 2 secondments with the University of East london educating Podiatry students and also provided the role of Clinical educator for St George'sTrust.

Anna returned to Ireland at the end of 2016 and took up a temporary post as the Senior Diabetes Podiatist in Wexford General Hospital, before taking up the permanent post of Senior Community Podiatrist for County Wicklow, where she has been given the task of setting up the first HSE community-based podiatry service in Wicklow.