About Dr Muiris Houston

As a journalist with The Irish Times for over 20 years, Muiris has twice won medical journalist of the year awards. His Medical Matters columns have been a centrepiece of the newspapers health supplement since it commenced publication.


His aim throughout his writing career has been to demystify medical issues for the lay reader and to provide a voice for them.

Muiris has also been Ireland news correspondent for the British Medical Journal and is a columnist with the doctor’s newspaper The Medical Independent.

He has a special interest in narrative based medicine and is a champion of the patient’s story. An adjunct prof at the Department of Academic Neurology at Trinity College Dublin, he lectures on medical humanities to undergraduates and postgraduates.

He has provided keynote presentations on narrative medicine to wider audiences.

"In the Psychiatrists Chair" is his first book, co-written with TCD professor of Psychiatry, Dr Brendan Kelly.

Muiris has been honoured by the Royal College of General Practitioners and the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland for his achievements in bridging the gap between doctors and patients.

Dr Muiris Houston interviewing at dotMD 2016

Ireland’s premier medical writer

Muiris has been published in many noteworthy titles including the Irish Times, the Medical Independent, the British Medical Journal, the Business Post and the Irish Medical Times

Recent Irish Times articles →

The Saints linked with diseases, cures and doctors

St Patrick’s Day celebrations will, obviously, be very muted this year, courtesy of the Sars-Cov-2 virus – the new strain…

Have I got the flu or Covid-19?

As the evenings begin to close in and a distinctly autumnal air prevails, the sense of a challenging winter ahead…

How an incidental finding on a medical scan can cause a lot of discomfort

You go to your GP with low back pain. She organises an MRI scan to check if you have a…

Psychiatrist in the Chair

The Official Biography of Anthony Clare

The new book by Muiris Houston & Brendan Kelly
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