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UCD graduate elected first female President of RCPI

Posted December 15, 2016

Infectious disease specialist Professor Mary Horgan has been elected President Designate of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI).

She will be the first woman to hold the post in the college’s 360-year history.

“Ireland is recognised globally for the high quality of its medical graduates and trainees,” said Professor Horgan on her election. “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.”

Pictured: Professor Mary Horgan, President Designate of RCPI

Professor Horgan graduated from UCD School of Medicine, University College Dublin in 1986 and was awarded an MD by the university in 1995.

A consultant physician in infectious diseases and internal medicine at Cork University Hospital, she also serves as Dean of University College Cork (UCC) School of Medicine.

The last three Presidents of the RCPI have been UCD graduates. The serving Masters of Dublin’s three maternity hospitals also completed their medical studies at UCD.

RCPI is a postgraduate medical training college. It educates its students with the latest research and techniques to ensure they maintain best medical practices for current and future health needs.

By: Jonny Baxter, digital journalist, UCD University Relations