Dr McGovern is Medical Director of the Priority Medical Clinic, a private addiction treatment programme located in South County Dublin. He qualified in Medicine in 1995 from Trinity College Dublin and has worked as a GP specialising in the treatment of Addictive Disorders since the implementation of the methadone treatment protocol in 1998. He is ICGP Level 2 accredited in the treatment of opiate use and also treats drug users within the HSE Addiction Services, a position he has held since 1998. He received vocational addiction training in the UK and holds a Master’s degree in Clinical and Public Health Aspects of Addiction from the National Addiction Centre, King’s College London and is certified with the International Society of Addiction Medicine (ISAM). Dr McGovern is a founding member of the subcommittee for the Continuing Medical Education of General Practitioners specialising in Substance Abuse (GPSSA). He is also one of the first members of the International Doctors for Healthy Drug Policies (IDHDP) which is an international group of medical addiction experts aiming to promote sensible drug policies. He has advocated for many years for more rational and humane laws relating to both recreational and medical cannabis. He is a member of the board of directors of Europad, (European Opiate Addiction Treatment Association). He is a regular contributor to the medical and mainstream media on addiction related issues and occasionally peer reviews research articles prior to publication.