November 2018 | Samhain 2018

Dr Rhona Mahony honoured with UCD Alumni Award

Sun, 4 November 18 17:26

We are delighted to report that Dr Rhona Mahony, UCD Medicine alumna and Master of the National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street is being honoured by the University in the 2018 UCD Alumni Awards.  A great supporter of our teaching programmes and of our student-led activities over many years, Dr Mahony (UCD MB BCh BAO 1994) has been selected in the category of Health Sciences. 

Earlier this year, Dr Mahony was presented with an Honorary Fellowship of the UCD School of Medicine in recognition of her outstanding leadership in healthcare.  In his citation at the 2018 UCD Medicine Conferring Dinner, then Dean of Medicine, Prof Patrick Murray noted that Rhona had become an inspiring role model for many medical students with her warm patient-focus and courageous pursuit of excellence in healthcare.

As the first female master since the foundation of the National Maternity hospital in 1894, Dr Rhona Mahony oversees one of Europe's largest Maternity hospitals, delivering almost 10,000 babies each year, a busy gynaecological unit and over 800 staff.  A specialist in fatal foetal abnormalities and maternal medicine, she founded the National Maternity Foundation, which supports the work of the NMH. Dr Mahony has been published in a range of international academic journals. She is a Fellow of the RCOG UK, and of the RCPI in Ireland. In 2016 she was awarded an honorary Fellowship of the American College of O&G and an honorary Doctorate of Medicine from NUI for her contribution to women and infants’ health.

Introduced in 2014, the UCD Alumni Awards are designed to showcase the success and achievements of its graduates in their respective fields.  Other UCD Medicine alumni who have been honoured by the University include Dr Patricia Scanlan (2014), Dr Patrick Bradley (2015), Dr Anne Merriman (2016) and Prof Garret FitzGerald (2017).  The award will be presented to Dr Mahony at the 2019 UCD Alumni Awards event in UCD O'Reilly Hall on Friday 9th November 2018.