December 2016 | Nollaig 2016

Alumnus Appointed President Elect of RCPI

Tue, 13 December 16 23:22

We offer our congratulations to UCD Medicine alumnus Professor Mary Horgan (UCD Medicine 1986, MD 1995) who has been announced as President Designate of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. 

A consultant physician in infectious diseases and internal medicine at Cork University Hospital and Dean of the University College Cork School of Medicine, Professor Horgan will succeed Professor Frank Murray as President.  She will become the first female President of the College in its 360-year history and becomes the 142nd President at the RCPI’s Annual Stated Meeting in October 2017.  Prof Horgan will serve a three-year term.

Welcoming Professor Horgan’s election as President Designate, RCPI President, Prof Frank Murray said,

“I want to warmly congratulate Mary on her election. Mary has made an enormous contribution to the College since she first became involved in 1999.

“Within the College Mary has a strong track record in supporting medical training initiatives, and while serving as Associate Dean of Basic Specialist Training, took a lead role in the development and training of post graduate doctors. Over the next nine months I look forward to working closely with Mary in her new role as President Designate and I know she will bring great energy and passion to this role and laterally to her Presidency.

Originally from Kerry, Professor Horgan graduated from UCD Medicine in 1986. She was awarded her MD by UCD in 1995, MRCPI in 1988 and FRCPI in 1997.  She serves on the Board of the Health Products Regulatory Authority and the Mercy University Hospital and on the Governing Body of UCC.  She is formerly a Board Member of the Irish Blood Transfusion Service and was previously Chair of the Council of Deans of Medical Schools. She is a member of the RCPI Council and is currently Director of Development and Planning.

Commenting on her election, Prof Horgan noted,

"I am committed to ensuring that we continue to train our doctors to provide world class medical care.  It is a great honour to be elected President Designate and I want to thank the Members and Fellows of this great College for their support. I look forward to working on their behalf in the years ahead.

"Ireland is recognised globally for the high quality of its medical graduates and trainees. I am committed to ensuring that we continue to train our doctors to provide world class medical care and to provide leadership in our health service in these challenging times."

A Tradition of Leadership

Prof Horgan continues a tradition of leadership among UCD Medicine alumni.  She succeeds Professor Frank Murray (UCD Medicine 1980) who himself took over from Prof John Crowe, UCD Newman Clinical Professor, who succeeded Prof John Donohoe, also a UCD Medicine alumnus. 

In 2010, Prof Eilis McGovern (UCD Medicine 1978) became the first female President of Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in its 226-year history.  The current RCSI President is Prof John Hyland (UCD Medicine 1972) succeeded Prof Declan Magee (UCD Medicine 1975) who in turn succeeded Professor Patrick Broe (UCD Medicine 1975).

The Masters of all three Dublin Maternity Hospitals, Dr Rona Mahony (NMH), Dr Sharon Sheehan (Coombe) and Prof Fergal Malone (Rotunda) are each UCD Medicine graduates.  Prof Bill Powderly (UCD Medicine 1979, MD 1987) has recently been appointed President, Infectious Disease and with the elevation of Prof Des Fitzgerald (UCD Medicine 1977) as President, University of Limerick, UCD Medicine alumni will hold the top jobs in four Universities in Ireland or the UK.  With Dr Gerry Cummins holding the role as President of the Irish College of General Practitioners, we note that the Presidents of the three principal postgraduate training colleges will all be UCD Medicine alumni.