Our Practice

Our Philosophy

Mount Merrion Medical Centre is operated by a dedicated staff who take great pride in providing excellent healthcare services to the community.

Meet Our Staff

Photo of Dr. Ruth GallagherDr. Ruth Gallagher BSc.(Rad) Mb BCh BAO LRCP & SI MICGP

Dr. Ruth Gallagher was born in Dublin and has been living and working around Mount Merrion and Blackrock since 2015. In 2017 Dr. Gallagher endevaroured to set up a new GP practice in Mount Merrion which quickly led to a partnership with Dr Mc Cafferty at Deerpark Road.

Dr. Gallagher initially studied Radiography in UCD, and after graduation went on to study Medicine in RCSI, St. Stephens Green. Following internship in Beaumont Hospital, Dr. Gallagher began the Dublin General Practice training program run through Trinity College Dublin. During training she undertook additional diplomas in Psychiatry and Women’s Health and also had two of her children. On completion of this program, Dr. Gallagher joined her husband in Melbourne, Australia for a brief few months and got the opportunity to experience the Australian healthcare system, setting up a Women’s Health Coil insertion speciality clinic in the four short months of working there. From here she moved to Cambridge, U.K. where she spent 4 years working as a GP and Health Screening doctor. Again, there were benefits from working in an alternative healthcare model, which have helped shape her ideal future practice. Since moving back to Ireland in 2015, she has continued her work as a GP in the South Dublin area as well as a role in Blackrock Clinic providing comprehensive Health Assessments. She is further developing a progressive practice at Mount Merrion Medical Centre with Dr. Donal McCafferty.

Photo of Dr. Donal McCaffertyDr.Donal McCafferty, MB, B Ch. MICGP

Donal has been in General Practice in the Mount Merrion area since 1986. He is a graduate of University College Dublin and is originally from Derry. Donal is very active in the Irish College of General Practitioners having served as Honorary Treasurer. He was a member of the Host Organising Committee for the World GP Conference (WONCA) in Dublin in 1998 serving as Chairman of the Sponsorship Committee. He continues to serve on the Finance Committee and the Postgraduate Training Committee of the Irish College of General Practitioners.

Following a Research Fellowship in Cardiology in St. James' University Hospital, sponsored by the HSE, he continues his interest in Cardiology as a member of the Medical Committee of the Irish Heart Foundation and as an Instructor in Advanced Cardiac Life Support. He holds a Higher Diploma in Dermatology (U.C.D.) and runs a regular skin clinic. He is a member of the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medecine at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Dr. McCafferty is a trainer on the Postgraduate GP Training Scheme affiliated with U.C.D. which involves the training of qualified doctors in the the speciality of Family Medicine/General Practice. Dr. McCafferty holds dual-registration on the General and Specialist Register of the Medical Council of Ireland which involves the training of qualified doctors in the speciality of Family Medicine/General Practice and holds the academic rank of Clinical Lecturer.

Dr. Caroline McPhillips

Dr Caroline Mc Phillips joined the practice in June 2018. Caroline graduated from the UCD School of Medicine in 2003. She completed the UCD/HSE GP training scheme in 2009 and has special interests in paediatrics, women's health and diabetes. She has multiple post graduate qualifications including MICGP, DCH, DME, DRCOG, a Diploma in Diabetes and a Certificate in Palliative Care.

She is married with 3 children.

Photo of Dr. Angela DohertyDr. Angela Doherty MB, B CH, BAO

Angela has been in General Practice since the year 2000. She is a graduate of Queen's University, Belfast and is originally from Omagh. Angela joined the practice in 2010. Her special interests are Women's Health, Family Planning and Dermatology. Angela is married to Philip and they have six children. She plays golf and tennis and enjoys hill walking.

Margaret McKennaMargaret McKenna RGN RM

Margaret trained in the Meath & Coombe hospitals. She has a diploma in Special & Intensive Nursing Care of the Newborn (Hammersmith Hospital, London) and worked for nine years in the Coombe Neonatal Unit.

Margaret has worked in General Practice since 2006 with a keen interest in Diabetes, Exercise and Nutrition. She has completed courses in Practice Nursing, Cervical Screening and Diabetes.

She loves hockey and plays at provincial and national level.

Photo of Gemma SlatteryGemma Slattery, Receptionist / Secretary

Gemma joined the practice in 2007 following several years in management/personnel.