Prof Owen Smith

  • Professor of Paediatric and Adolescent Medicine, UCD; 
  • Consultant Paediatric Haematologist, Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin; 
  • Chief Academic Lead to the Children’s Hospital Group; 
  • Hon. Regius Professor of Physics, TCD


Professor Owen Smith CBE is a principal investigator at the National Children’s Research Centre, Crumlin and Systems Biology Ireland, University College Dublin. His two main areas of research have focused on evidence-based randomised peer-reviewed haemato-oncology clinical trials with a focus on clinical questions within all domains of paediatric and adolescent blood and cancer and the elucidation of the relationship between the protein C activation pathway and systemic inflammatory response sepsis syndromes.

One of Professor Smiths’ major contributions to Irish medicine has been through the promotion of clinical research as evidenced by; a significant expansion of clinical paediatric scholarship with excellent research outputs, a strengthening of national and international academic collaborations, and the nurturing, education, and career development of the present generation of Irish consultant paediatric haematologists. In addition, Professor Smith’s has a strong record of championing significant national developments in child and adolescent health in this country over the two decades.

In 2015 Professor Smith conferred honorary Commander in the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his life-long work on cancer in children and adolescents by Queen Elizabeth, on the advice of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.


Flash survey on severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 infections in paediatric patients on anticancer treatment.
Hrusak O, Kalina T…….., Smith O…, Schrappe M; European Journal of Cancer 2020, 132 11-16

Long-term outcome after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation for Shwachman-Diamond syndrome: a retrospective analysis and a review of the literature by the Severe Aplastic Anemia Working Party of the European Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (SAAWP-EBMT) Bone Marrow Transplantation
S Cesaro, M Pillon….., O Smith….C Dufour., 2020 Apr 9. Doi:10.1038/s41409-020-0901-x