Professor Emer Shelley is the President of the Irish Heart Foundation. A public health expert with a special interest in the prevention of cardiovascular disease, Prof Shelley is a Fellow and currently Dean of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI). She is also a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health in the UK, and of the RCPI.
Prof Shelley is a retired specialist in public health medicine and also served as Clinical Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI). She did her Masters in Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
With a strong background in cardiovascular epidemiology and prevention, Prof Shelley has had a long association with the Irish Heart Foundation. She served as Project Leader of the Kilkenny Health Project, a demonstration project which aimed to reduce death and disability from heart disease in Ireland and subsequently served as Medical Director of the Foundation.
Prof Shelley also served as a member of the Cardiovascular Health Strategy Group which produced its report entitled Building Healthier Hearts in 2000. She was Chair of the Steering Group of the National Acute Stroke Register and served as public health lead for the HSE’s Clinical and Integrated Programmes for Older People.