Dr. Dearbhaile O'Donnell was a student of several of the RIAM's most distinguished teachers. She has performed as piano soloist and chamber musician in Ireland, England, France and Italy.
In her medical career, she was formerly a Senior Lecturer in the University of Leeds. She now works in St. James's Hospital, Dublin and served from 2012 to 2019 as a Director of St. James's Foundation. She is active in international cancer clinical trials and is a Director of the Gynecologic Cancer Intergroup.