Ronan Sugrue

Fullbright Fellow
Massachusetts's General, Duke. Alumnus UCD

Dr. Ronan Sugrue, MBBCh MPH MRCPI is an Irish obstetrician and management consultant. Originally from Dublin, Ronan is a graduate of Medicine from University College Dublin and a Master in Public Health from Harvard University. Prior to Obstetrics and Gynecology residency at Massachusetts General Hospital / Harvard Medical School, Ronan completed Internal Medicine residency at The Royal College of Physicians in Ireland and was awarded a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to study health policy in the United States, where he developed an interest in maternal health and health service delivery. In 2014 he was recruited to the prestigious global strategy firm McKinsey & Company, where he spent several years advising the pharmaceutical industry, national health systems and United Nations agencies on health technology and service reconfiguration.

Since returning to clinical medicine, Ronan has worked as a clinician and public health strategist in Australia, Malawi, South Africa, Jordan, Palestine, Spain, the United Kingdom, and most recently the southeastern United States. He has served as a consultant to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, a lecturer on global health at the University College Dublin School of Public Health and Director of Partnerships at Sequoia Port, a company that streamlines professional medical record review. His work on maternal health has received grants and awards from Astra Zeneca pharmaceuticals, McKinsey & Company, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, the International Society for the Study of Trophoblastic Disease, Harvard University and Duke University and in 2018 was quoted in the The Wall Street Journal. In the past several months he featured as a panelist at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Annual Congress and became a permanent resident of the United States in the category of, “exceptional ability and work of national importance.” He is currently a clinical fellow in the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine at Duke University where his clinical interests include complex obstetric surgery, management of cardiac disease and obesity in pregnancy, and maternal transfusion and alloimmunization in global settings. Among his many goals are to continue to strengthen the ties between Ireland and the United States in clinical and health technology collaboration via the Fulbright alumni network.

A little-known fact is that Ronan also appeared on PBS as a professional singer twice in the past – once each with the Grammy-nominated vocal groups, Anuna (Riverdance) and Celtic Woman! These days, however, his musical appearances are confined only to social occasions.

Ronan’s wife is academic faculty at University of North Carolina, and they currently reside with their 3 daughters under age 4 in Chapel Hill. Their only fights are about UNC v Duke basketball games.