Five new Honorary Fellows welcomed

Professor Mary Horgan, Professor Philip Nolan, Professor Karina Butler, Professor Rose-Anne Kenny and Professor Colm Bergin were made Honorary Fellows of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine at a special ceremony at the Royal College of Physicians on Tuesday 24 May 2022.

Each was awarded for their significant contribution to medicine and public health throughout their careers and their unwavering commitment to a healthier population.

From the moment guests arrived, there was a sense of excitement and comradery with many guests joining after a day of discussion and idea sharing at the Public Health Summer Scientific Meeting.

The Honorary Fellows were robed in the purple and gold of the Faculty before their procession was welcomed into the Graves Hall by conferring Fellows, Members and the families and friends who have supported them in their medical endeavors.

Prof Cecily Kelleher, Faculty Dean, took a moment to celebrate all that has been achieved by those working in public health medicine over the last few challenging years.

During the ceremony, 12 Fellows, 11 Members, three Diplomate Members and one CSCST were also conferred.

Professor Mary Horgan, President of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland was acknowledged for her contributions as an academic, front-line consultant and education leader.

Notably, she established the second centre for Infectious Diseases in Ireland at Cork University Hospital and held the position of Dean of the Medical School at UCC for a 4-year term.

In her role as President of RCPI, Professor Horgan has brought in measures to increase public and professional knowledge of screening, and successfully advocated for the HPV vaccination programme.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, she established a weekly educational webinar series and contributed, through several important national roles, to Ireland’s pandemic response.

Most recently she was appointed the Chairperson of the newly-established National Research Ethics Committee.

Professor Philip Nolan, Director General of Science Foundation Ireland has made significant contributions to medical research, knowledge and education.

As Registrar and Deputy President of University College Dublin (UCD), he led radical reform of the undergraduate curriculum at University College Dublin and oversaw major developments across education.

During his time as President of Maynooth University, Professor Nolan oversaw the establishment of a new strategy that led to major investment in research capacity and substantial growth in postgraduate and international education.

From March 2020, Professor Nolan came to national prominence as a member of the National Public Health Emergency Team for the pandemic and was appointed Chair of the Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group.

He was appointed as Director General of Science Foundation Ireland in 2022.

The career commitment of Professor Karina Butler, Clinical Professor of Paediatrics at University College Dublin and Chair of the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC), to the advancement and understanding of paediatric infectious diseases was applauded.

Professor Butler has held a number of consultant and research posts with this focus and only recently retired from her position at Children’s Health Ireland, where she headed the Department of Paediatrics and Immunology and the Rainbow Clinic, Ireland’s centre for HIV Medicine in children.

She has made significant contributions to cancer and HIV treatment for children and adolescents, particularly in the area of prevention of mother to child HIV transmission, now a rarity in Ireland.  

Professor Butler was a leading force in the development of national guidelines for the management of congenital Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Herpes simplex, Syphilis and Toxoplasmosis.

Professor Butler was appointed to NPHET in late 2020, is a member of the COVID-19 Expert Advisory Group of HIQA and a member of the High Level Task Force for COVID.

As Chair of NIAC, she is committed to the prevention of infectious diseases using safe and effective vaccines to protect the health of our population.

Professor Rose-Anne Kenny, Professor of Medical Gerontology at Trinity College Dublin, Director of Falls and Black-out Unit and Mercer’s Institute for Successful Ageing, both at St James’ Hospital and Founding Principal Investigator of the Ireland Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA).

An innovative leader in her field, Professor Kenny developed the first dedicated syncope service in the UK which has been replicated worldwide.

In 2009, she became the lead principal investigator in the establishment of TILDA, the largest and most successful population-based longitudinal study in Ireland.  

It is unique amongst longitudinal studies of ageing internationally in the breadth and depth of physical, mental and cognitive health measures obtained from participants, together with extensive questionnaire data addressing the broad range of individual and societal level determinants of healthy and successful ageing.

Professor Kenny has over 600 scientific publications to date, including 57 book chapters, 4 textbooks and most recently for a general audience – Age Proof: The new science of living a longer and healthier life.

Professor Kenny has made an enormous contribution to gerontology, cardiology and to the promotion of healthy and successful ageing.

Professor Colm Bergin, Consultant Physician in Infectious Diseases, St James’ Hospital; Clinical Professor of Medicine at Trinity College.

Professor Bergin was acknowledged for his contributions to disease prevention, promoting health and ensuring equitable access to treatment and services for all patients.

He established a dedicated viral hepatitis clinic at St James hospital and was an early advocate for equitable access to emerging therapies for all patients.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, he provided clinical care to a large cohort of COVID-19-infected patients, providing services ranging from testing to clinical management.

He is National Clinical lead in Infectious Diseases at the HSE.

Professor Bergin has developed a strong translational research programme and has over 30 years of experience in clinical trials. His commitment to the future of infectious disease medicine is evident in his role as a supervisor, teacher and educator.

Following his work as part of the NSD in infectious diseases, the specialty became embedded in the National training process.

Most recently Professor Bergin was a clinical leader in the National response to the COVID-19 pandemic. He was a member of the HSE Crisis Management Team, a member of the National Public Health Emergency team, a member of the EAG on COVID and a driver of the ongoing PRECISE study.


Dr Claire Buckley, Dr Marie Casey, Dr Abigail Collins, Dr Gabriel Fitzpatrick, Dr Ronan Glynn, Dr Ruth McDermott, Dr Chantal Migone, Dr Lois O’Connor, Dr Keith Ian Quintyne, Dr Natasha Rafter, Dr Jeremy Tuck

In absentia

Dr Charles Saunders

Fellowship Ad Eundem

Dr Niall Conroy, Dr Mary O’Mahony

Newly-conferred Fellows and Honorary Fellows of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine



Dr Niamh Bambury, Dr Kenneth Beatty, Dr Eimear Burke, Dr Christopher Carroll, Dr Laura Heavey, Dr Louise Hendrick, Prof Patricia Kearney, Dr Treasa Kelleher, Dr Paul Mullane, Dr Mary Neville, Dr Mark O’Loughlin

In absentia

Dr Andrea Bowe, Dr Geraldine Casey, Dr Helena Ferris, Dr Louise Marron

Diplomate Membership

Dr Salma Alkalbani, Dr Helen McAvoy, Dr Kevin McMahon

In absentia

Dr Mary Condon


Newly-conferred Members of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine