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Dr  David Buckley is on the specialist register of the Irish medical Council ( MCN 03164) and  specialises in community based  dermatology, skin surgery and aesthetic medicine .

Dr Buckley obtained his basic medical degree from the National University of Ireland (Dublin) in 1982. He then spent a year working as a junior house officer in St. Vincent’s Hospital, Dublin in medicine, dermatology and surgery. He joined the Dublin Vocational Training Scheme in General Practice in 1983 and spent the next three years specialising in general practice. This included twelve months working as a senior house officer in the Mater Hospital, Dublin (Accident and Emergency and Dermatology), six months in the National Maternity Hospital (Holles Street) and six months in the National Children’s Hospital (Temple Street). During this time he obtained a diploma in obstetrics, a diploma in child health and a family planning certificate. He then spent a year working in a busy inner city Dublin general practice in Dolphin’s Barn under the mentorship of Professor Fergus O’Kelly. 

After obtaining his membership of the Irish College of General Practitioners (Dublin) in the Royal College of General Practitioners (London) in 1986, Dr Buckley spent six months specialising in dermatology at the Dublin Skin and Cancer Hospital (Hume Street) under the mentorship of Professor Sarah Rogers.

Dr Buckley then spent two years doing voluntary work with the Irish government agency APSO (Agency for Personnel Services Overseas) in a rural mission hospital in the north of Kenya. Dr Buckley was the chief medical officer in this busy one hundred bed hospital where there were more deliveries per year than in University Hospital Kerry at that time. Dr Buckley worked with one other doctor and a team of nurses and healthcare assistants where he gained invaluable experience in obstetrics, surgery, paediatrics, general medicine, trauma and tropical medicine.

On returning to Ireland in 1989, Dr Buckley set up a new practice in Ashe Street, Tralee, Co Kerry. Through a combination of hard work, perseverance and good patient care, the practice has now grown into The Ashe Street Clinic (, which is one of the first multi-disciplinary medical practices in Kerry, offering not just general practice services but also a number of other specialist services including dermatology, community surgery, dentistry, counselling, audiology, family planning, women’s health, aesthetic laser clinic and an allergy clinic.

Dr Buckley has continued to develop his professional career over the years. He did a diploma in practical dermatology at the University Of Wales College Of Medicine (Cardiff) in 1992. He is a member of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology since 1993. He is the founding member of the Primary Care Dermatology Society of Ireland (1997) and the Primary Surgical Association (2012).

He is also on the board of directors of the International Society of Cryosurgery. He was director of the Tralee Family Planning Women’s Health Clinic for five years.

Because of his training in primary care, Dr Buckley can provide a holistic approach to his dermatology patients, treating not only their skin but treating the whole person,  phycically, mentally and spiritually

Dr Buckley has travelled throughout Ireland and the world teaching dermatology to doctors in the USA, Canada, China, Africa and a number of European countries including the UK, France and Spain. He has also written numerous articles on health related topics for the Medical weekly newspapers (Irish Medical Times, Medical News, Medical Weekly), the monthly medical magazines (Forum, Irish Doctor, Modern Medicine) and the lay press, (The Independent, The Kerryman). 
I have contributed frequently to Radio Kerry's weekly "Health Matters", and has contributed to health topics on RTE radio, including "The Joe Duffy Show" and “Newstalk”. Dr Buckley has also contributed to the following TV shows: "The Health Show" and "Nationwide".

He has written a book for doctors on dermatology and is working on his second text book on dermatology. He has recently contributed a chapter to two major international textbooks on cryosurgery. Dr Buckley was honoured by being invited to present a paper to the World Congress of Dermatology in Vancouver, Canada in June 2015 which was attended by more than fourteen-thousand dermatologists from all over the world. Dr Buckley has also written ten scientific papers which have been published in major national and international peer reviewed journals.

Dr Buckley won a number of major national and international medical awards in dermatology in primary care including the Manne Berber award (2012), NOVTI prize for best original research paper (1986), the Sheppard Memorial prize (1995 and 2001) and best scientific paper the Association of Surgeons in Primary Care (ASPC) UK in May 2018. Dr Buckley will become a fellow of the Royal College of general Practitioners (UK) in November 2018. This fellowship is an honour and mark of achievement given to primary care physicians in the UK and Ireland in recognition of a significant contribution to the science and the practice of medicine.

Dr Buckley continues to carry out research in primary care including areas such as treatment of skin cancer using cryosurgery, the management of melanoma in the community, treatment of warts, verruca, ingrown toenails and managing severe acne using “Roaccutane” in Primary Care (see resume below )

Dr Buckley is a founding member and has been secretary to the Kerry Hospice Foundation for the past twenty-five years and has overseen the extension of the hospice care in Kerry which now includes very active homecare teams throughout the county and a purpose-built day-care unit and a 15 bed in patient unit on the grounds of University Hospital Kerry.

 Dr Buckley has a strong family tradition of medicine. His father, Denis, was a GP in Tralee for almost 50 years. He also has a brother and sister in medicine. Dr Buckley is married to Áine, a lecturer in the Institute of Technology in Tralee and they have three children, the youngest is studying medicine in Cork. Dr Buckley is a keen athlete and has run three marathons and a number of triathlons. He is also a keen sailor and has been racing his yacht ‘’Boojum’’ with a crew of seven at various regattas throughout the west coast of Ireland over the past number of years.


Dr David Buckley, FRCGP, MICGP, DP Dermatology


  • Highly trained medical practitioner since 1982
  • Broad based experience in both hospitals and general practice
  • Wide range of skills in all areas of general practice with a special interest and expertise in dermatology, skin surgery, lasers and allergic disorders.
  • Proven management skills in setting up and developing numerous health services both in Ireland and overseas.
  • Excellent communication skills with patients, colleagues, trainee doctors and management.
  • Proven ability and commitment in the education of doctors, medical students and the general public on health-related topics.



  • 1962 - 1970 Balloonagh Primary School and C.B.S. Tralee
  • 1970 - 1976 Castleknock College, Co. Dublin
  • 1976 - 1982 National University of Ireland (U.C.D.)
  • 1983 - 1986 Dublin Postgraduate Vocational Training Scheme for General Practice
  • 1990 - 1991 Dept. of Dermatology, University of Wales College of Medicine



  • Conferred June 1982: M.B., B.Ch., B.A.O. (U.C.D.)
  • Membership of The Royal College of General Practitioners (M.R.C.G.P.) June 1986 (London)
  • Membership of The Irish College of General Practitioners (M.I.C.G.P.) June 1986 (Dublin)
  • Diploma in Obstetrics (D.Obs) October 1985 (Dublin)
  • Family Planning Certificate (F.P.C.) Joint Family Planning Training Committee of Ireland February 1986 (Dublin)
  • Diploma in Child Health (D.C.H.) October 1985 (Dublin)
  • Diploma in Practical Dermatology March 1991 (Cardiff)


Dr David Buckley is a member of the following professional organisations:

  • Irish College of General Practitioners since 1986.
  • Royal College of General Practitioners since 1986.
  • European Association of Dermatology and Venereology since 1991
  • The Primary Care Dermatology Society of Ireland since 1995 (founding member).
  • American College of Cryosurgery (1993 - 1999).
  • International Society of Cryosurgeons since 1999 (A Member of The Board of Directors).
  • Association of British and Irish Cryosurgeons since 2001 (Founding Member)
  • Member of the British Association of Cosmetic Doctors since 2005
  • Member of the British Medical Laser Association since 2008
  • Founding member of the Irish Association of Cosmetic Doctors in 2008.
  • Founding member and committee member of the Primary Care Surgical Association x 2012
  • Member if the Association of Surgeons in Primary Care (UK)


Career history:

  • 1989 - to date Chief medical officer of The Ashe Street Clinic and Kerry Skin Clinic
  • 1987 - 1989. Chief Medical Officer, Mercy Hospital, Eldama Ravine, Kenya, East Africa. 
    I was responsible for the medical and surgical care of all the in-patients and out-patients in 100-bed rural mission hospital. I worked with one other doctor and eighteen nurses. I was also a member of the Board of Management which was responsible for staffing, finance, building programmes, drug stocks, equipment, and planning for the future. I was personally responsible for initiating an AIDS and TB education and prevention programme in the district, setting up a new x-ray unit and writing the hospitals first full annual report.
  • 1986- 1987 Dermatology Senior House Officer, The Dublin Skin and Cancer Hospital Hume Street Dublin 2
  • 1983 - 1986 Post-graduate training in the speciality of General Practice on the Dublin Vocational Training Scheme for General Practice. 
    This included:
    • 6 months as Medical and Dermatology Senior House Officer at the Mater Misercordiae Hospital, Dublin.
    • 6 months as Casualty Senior House Officer at the Mater Misercordiae Hospital, Dublin.
    • 6 months as Paediatric Senior House Officer, The Children's Hospital, Temple Street, Dublin.
    • 6 months as Obstetric and Gynaecology Senior House Officer in the National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street, Dublin.
    • 1 year as a G.P. trainee with Prof Fergus O'Kelly at The Surgery, Dolphin's Barn, Rialto, Dublin.
  • 1982 - 1983 Medical, Dermatology and Surgical Intern in St. Vincent's Hospital, Dublin.



The Incidence and Attitudes of Husbands Attendance at Labour. 
- Presented to the Irish Perinatal Society, Cork. Sept. '85. 
- Ref: Irish Medical Journal: March 1987: Vol. 80

Assessment of Inhaler Technique in a General Practice. 
- Awarded the NOVTI Prize for best original research paper at the National Organisation of Vocational Trainees. 
(NOVTI) A.G.M. in Dublin March 1986. 
Ref: Irish Journal of Medical Science: Vol 158, No. 12, 
Dec. 1989; P.297 - 299.

A Survey of Family Planning Practices among married Women in Ten Irish General Practices - Principal Results. 
- Presented to the Irish College of General Practitioners 
(I.C.G.P.) A.G.M. April 1986. 
Ref: Forum. The Journal of the Irish College of General Practitioners. Dec. 1987.

Isotretinoin Therapy for Acne Vulgaris: Results in an Irish Population. 
Ref: Dermatology Digest: 2:417, 1990. 
Also Ref: Irish Journal of Medical Science: Vol. 159, No. 1, January, 1990, pp. 2 - 5.

The Third World: A View from General Practice". 
- Presented to the A.G.M. of the Irish College of General Practitioners, Sligo. May, 1989. 
Ref: Forum; The Journal of the Irish College of General Practitioners: 
Vol 6, No. 12, Dec. 1990.

A Practical Guide to Dermatology in General Practice. 
- Published by Med Media in 1994. 
This 103 page book, richly illustrated using colour photographs and line drawings, is the first book of its kind ever published in Ireland by a general practitioner for general practitioners.

Current Management and Future Trends in Atopic Eczema. 
- Ir. Med. Journal; July/August 1995. Vol. 88. No. 4

Treatment of non-melanoma skin cancers using liquid nitrogen cryosurgery in general practice. 
- Presented to the World Congress of Cryosurgeons in Paris in June 1995 and presented to the scientific meeting of the Irish College of General Practitioners in November 1995. This paper also won the Sheppard Memorial Prize presented by the Irish College of General Practitioners in 1995.

Cryosurgery Treatment of Plantar Warts in General Practice. 
- Presented to the World Congress of General Practitioners WONCA) Dublin, June 1998. 
- Presented to the World Congress of Cryosurgeons, Orlando, Oct. 1998. 
- Ref: Irish Medical Journal July/August 2000: Vol 93: Number 5.

Surgical Treatment of Ingrown Toenails in General Practice
- Presented to the World Congress of General Practitioners (WONCA) Dublin, June 1998. 
- Awarded the Sheppard Memorial Prize in 2001 by the Irish College of General Practitioners. 
Ref: Irish Medical Journal, Nov. 2000. Vol 93: Number 8

Melanoma in primary care. The role of the general practitioner. 
The Irish Journal of Medical Science. Published on line 04 October 2013.Ir J Med Sci DOI 10.1007/s11845-013-1021-z

Audit of Melanoma in Primary Care . Awarded the Manne Berber Award 2012 by the RCGP, Republic of Ireland Faculty. 

Buckley D (2015) Cryosurgery for warts. In: Pasquali P (ed) Cryosurgery. A Practical Manual, Springer, pp 107-119

Buckley D (2012) Cryosurgery for non-melanoma skin cancer. In: Xu K,Korpan NN, Niu L (ed) Modern Cryosurgery for Cancer, World Scientific, pp 865-892

Evaluation of local anaesthetic infiltration for cryosurgery of hand warts: a prospective comparative study. Ir J Med Sci. 2015 Apr 24. [Epub ahead of print]. 
This was presented at the World Congress of Dermatology in Vancouver, Canada in June 2015.

Can oral isotretinoin be safely initiated and monitored in primary care? A case series". Buckley, D. & Yoganathan, S. 
Ir J Med Sci (2017). 

Buckley, D. (2017), Re: The freeze–thaw cycle in cryosurgery. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol, 31: e405–e406. doi:10.1111/jdv.14215


Audiovisual Productions by Dr. David Buckley

Cutaneous Cryosurgery; Equipment and Techniques. - A 25 minute video written and presented by Dr. David Buckley.

Radiosurgery in Primary Care. - A thirty minute training video for Doctors, written and presented by Dr. David Buckley.

Primary Care Dermatology. - A series of six video pieces each 10 minutes long, for "Telemed Ireland".



Dr. David Buckley,
Kerry Skin Clinic,
The Ashe Street Clinic,
Co Kerry,

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Dr. David Buckley is a member of the following professional organisations:

Primary Care Surgical Association

Primary Care Surgical Association

Association of Surgeons in Primary Care

Association of Surgeons in Primary Care

British Medical Laser Association

British Medical Laser Association

The Primary Care Dermatology Society of Ireland

The Primary Care Dermatology Society of Ireland

European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology

European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology

International Society of Cryosurgery

International Society of Cryosurgery



The Ashe Street Clinic, Tralee, Co. Kerry

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