RCSI Bahrain Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

RCSI Bahrain – Management


Prof Sameer Otoom, MD, MS, PhD, CCPT, FRCPI

Prof SameerProfessor Sameer Otoom was appointed President of RCSI Bahrain in February 2014. Since joining RCSI Bahrain in August 2005, Professor Otoom has held a number of senior roles - Head of School of Medicine (2007), Dean (2009), Vice President for Academic Affairs (2012) and Interim President (2013).

Professor Otoom qualified in medicine from Jordan University of Science and Technology in 1991. He then undertook an MS and a PhD in Pharmacology from the University of Houston in Texas, and a Certificate in Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics (CCPT) from the University of Glasgow in the United Kingdom. He worked with WHO projects in Syria, Jordan, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Kenya, Sudan and Iran. He is an advisor of several Higher Education Councils in the region and also a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland.

Professor Sameer Otoom's main research interest lies in clinical and experimental epilepsy and the rational use of drugs. He has publications in international journals and has supervised many postgraduate students.


Stephen Harrison-Mirfield
Chief Operating Officer 

StephenStephen Harrison-Mirfield was appointed Chief Operating Officer in 2013. He is responsible for the oversight of all internal operational functions that support the programmes of the University. In addition, the COO supports the further development and implementation of policy and structure of RCSI.


Prior to his appointment, Stephen was a senior executive with KPMG global consultancy group.  He was responsible for the Operational running of the KPMG business within Saudi Arabia and he was also responsible for People and Change advisory service line which advised numerous companies in the Kingdom.   In 2011 he became a Fellow of Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.


A graduate of Birmingham City University, Stephen has an Honours degree in Sociology.  He began his working career in Human Resources when he joined Reed Personnel Services in Birmingham, UK.  From there he moved to Codemasters, a leading international developer and publisher of Computer games where he diversified his areas of responsibility into a broader operational role.  In early 2006 he joined Atos Origin Middle East, a leading regional Systems integrator based in Bahrain, but covering the Middle East.  


A former President of Birmingham City University Students Union, Stephen has maintained a key interest in education and training. 



Professor Joe McMenamin
MB BCh BAO, MD (NUI), FRCPI, FRCPCH, FRCPC Pediatrics, FRCPC Neurology

Vice President for Academic Affairs - Head of the School of Medicine 


Professor Joe McMenamin was appointed Vice President for Academic Affairs at RCSI Bahrain in May 2014, He has been Head of the School of Medicine at RCSI Bahrain sence September 2012. He joined the faculty at RCSI Bahrain as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics in March 2010.

Prior to arriving in Bahrain he lived and worked in Dublin, Ireland. In 2004 he was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Pediatrics, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI). In 1997 he was appointed Associate Professor of Pediatrics at RCSI Dublin. He returned to Ireland from Canada in 1984 as Consultant Pediatric Neurologist with appointments at Our Lady's Children's Hospital and the Richmond Hospital which subsequently became Beaumont Hospital in Dublin.
Professor McMenamin graduated from University College Dublin in 1972. Following postgraduate training in Dublin he moved to Canada and began residency training in pediatrics at the University of Western Ontario, London. He continued his pediatric training in Toronto at the Hospital for Sick Children (Sick Kids).

He became a Pediatric Neurology Fellow there and obtained his Canadian certification in both Pediatrics (FRCPC) and Neurology (FRCPC). He was appointed Staff Neurologist at the Hospital for Sick Children and Clinical Lecturer at the University of Toronto in 1980.
In 1981 he was awarded a Young Investigator Research Scholarship and as a Duncan L Gordon Scholar went to study with Professor JJ Volpe at the Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis, Missouri. His research involved studying the pathophysiology of intra-ventricular hemorrhage in the pre-term infant and resulted in a number of significant publications in this area. This work subsequently led to the award of an MD degree from the National University of Ireland (NUI).
He returned to Vancouver in 1983, to the BC Children's Hospital, as Consultant Pediatric Neurologist, with a special interest in Neonatal Neurology. He was appointed Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of British Columbia.
Professor McMenamin is an active member of the American Academy of Neurology and a member the British Pediatric Neurology Association. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health.
His research interests have included newborn neurology, epilepsy, developmental disorders and immune mediated disorders. He has supervised MSc and MD students and co-supervised PhD students. He has published a successful "best-seller" for parents of children with epilepsy. He has published widely in the area of pediatric neurology in peer reviewed journals.


Professor David Whitford
Head of School of Postgraduate Studies and Research


Professor David Whitford became head of the School of Postgraduate Studies & Research in 2012, having moved to RCSI Bahrain as Head of the Department of Family & Community Medicine in 2006. Professor Whitford worked first as a General Practitioner in the North East of England, leading the establishment of a high quality general practice with a strong teaching and research reputation. He gained his Doctorate from Cambridge University prior to taking up a post as Senior Lecturer in General Practice in RCSI, Dublin in 2003.
He has published over 50 peer reviewed research articles covering diverse areas related to primary care. David's current research is focused on the prevention and management of Type 2 Diabetes in the Gulf Region.




Professor Seamus Cowman
Head of School of Nursing and Midwifery

Seamus Seamus Cowman has recently taken up the post of Professor and Head of the School of Nursing & Midwifery. For the previous fourteen years Seamus was the first Professor of Nursing at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Dublin. Seamus completed his academic studies at University of London, University of Surrey and in completing his PhD at Dublin City University he became the first nurse to obtain a PhD from an Irish University. He is a Fellow of the Faculty of nursing and Midwifery RCSI, and in Nov 2010 he was the first nurse from Ireland to be inaugurated as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.
Professor Cowman has 155 publications of journals and books and has obtained over €3.5 million in research funding. His research supervision experience includes MSc, MD and PhD students. His research work relates to Clinical Nursing Interventions in many areas of practice. He has undertaken significant RCT research work on chronic wounds, prevention of pressure ulcers and has contributed to the Cochrane collaboration. Research activity includes multidisciplinary research collaborating with industrialists, surgeons, pharmacists and microbiologists in Ireland. He is currently PI for nationally funded research grant investigating - Best Practice for Day Surgery in Ireland. Seamus is looking forward to maximizing his potential contribution to nursing education and research in Bahrain.