dotMD 2017 Programme announced!

| September 3, 2016


The 2017 dotMD meeting (formerly dotMED) will take place on Friday March 10th 2017 in Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin. Registration will open September 10th 2016 on

dotMD is a one day meeting for doctors and healthcare professionals which exposes them to ideas occurring at the interfaces of medicine, the humanities and emerging technologies in healthcare. In doing so, dotMD aspires to generate a sense of curiosity, fun and passion about medicine in those attending. DotMD is in its 5th year and is curated by Dr. Ronan Kavanagh, Dr Muiris Houston and Dr. Alan Coss.

dotMD 2017

Those attending dotMD 2017 will hear a medical presentation performed on piano by psychiatrist and concert pianist Professor Richard Kogan, take part in a workshop on literature prescribing for medical problems, and enjoy a medical story telling session from 4 Irish doctors. They will also hear updates on digital health, a discussion about replacing doctors with computers, and attend a ceramics exhibition influenced by dementia.

Previous Meetings

Previous meetings have included contributions Samuel Shem (House of God), Rory O’Neill aka Panti Bliss, rapping physician ZDogg MD, patient advocate Marie Ennis O’Connor, cartoonists Monica Lalanda and Ian williams, doctor & author Louise Aronson, author Kevin Barry, and undertaker and writer Thomas Lynch.

Piano, Psychiatry and Gershwin

One highlights of the 2017 meeting will be a performance from Professor Richard Kogan, a psychiatrist who has a parallel career as a concert pianist. He will illustrate the influence of psychological factors, psychiatric and medical illness on the creative output of George Gershwin. Richard Kogan is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College and Artistic Director of the Music and Medicine Program there. He has been praised for his “eloquent, compelling, and exquisite playing” by the New York Times, and the Boston Globe wrote that “Kogan has somehow managed to excel at the world’s two most demanding professions.”


Fans of The Moth podcast will enjoy a new dotMD medical story telling session –  with tales from the front lines of medicine, from Doctors Ciara Kelly, Paul Reynolds and Muiris Houston and Prof Brendan Kelly.

Sinead Gleeson, author, editor and presenter of RTE’s ‘The Bookshow’, will explore the patient perspective of illness. She will be reading from her work and will be interviewed by Dr. Muiris Houston.

Ella Barthoud and Susan Elderkin believe in the power of fiction to affect profound shifts in perception – as well as soothe and restore those with health related problems. They are authors of ‘The Novel Cure – An A-Z of literary ailments’ and will run a session on the prescribing of literature for various medical problems.

DotMD is also delighted to announce that Dr Jay Baruch, US based accident and emergency physician and author of 2 collections of short stories; ‘What’s Left Out’ and ‘Fourteen Stories’, will also speak.

Doctors, algorithms and the future of medicine.

The future of digital health and its impact on the culture of medicine, including the prospect of replacing doctors with computerised algorithms, will be explored by two leading experts in the field – Dr Paddy Barrett (presenter of the Doctor Paradox podcast) and Dr Ravi Komitareddy (doctor and medical entrepreneur).

Ceramics and dementia

The meeting will also include a ceramics exhibition from Co Antrim based artist Jemma Millen whose work is influenced by her fathers experience of vascular dementia.


Registration opens September 10th 2016 on when 50% of tickets will go on sale. Spaces are limited and as the meeting has sold out early in previous years those planning to attend are encouraged to register early to avoid disappointment. A medical student scholarship scheme, which will allow 10 lucky medical students to attend, will be announced shortly.



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Written by

Ronan Kavanagh

Dr. Ronan Kavanagh is a Galway based rheumatologist and medical director of dotMD - A Festival of Medical Curiosity.


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