Professor Mary Higgins is an elected Fellow and Censor on the RCPI Council and was appointed Vice President in October 2021. Originally from Kildare, Mary graduated from University College Dublin and completed her training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Ireland, with membership and then fellowships of the RCPI and Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (UK). Following an MSc in University of Oxford, she gained further research experience by a MD (Diabetes) from UCD.
She gained experience in Maternal Fetal Medicine in Toronto, Canada, and returned to Ireland to her current post, as Associate Professor in University College Dublin and a consultant obstetrician/gynaecologist in the National Maternity Hospital. As a principal investigator in the UCD Perinatal Research Centre she has more than 100 publications and supervises PhD, MD, MSc and undergraduate students.
Mary was a ministerial appointee to the Slaintecare Medical Advisory Council (2018-2021). She is currently completing a Masters in Medical Education and has a Diploma in Entrepreneurial Education. She is an Associate Fellow AMEE (Association for Medical Education in Europe) and Fellow of the Academy of Medical Educators. Within RCPI, she is Chair of the Examination Board for the MRCPI (O&G) and the Board of the Postgraduate Certificate in Obstetrics and Gynaecology.