Professor Mary Horgan is now President of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland

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Professor Mary Horgan becomes First Woman President of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland

Professor Mary Horgan has taken up the role of President of RCPI, the first woman President in the College's 363-year history, 350 years after it was granted its charter by King Charles II in 1667.

Professor Horgan has said, “It is a great honour to become President of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and it is particularly special as I have been elected by my peers. It is always nice to get the accolades of my colleagues so I’m very much looking forward to it.”

Professor Horgan has spoken of her intention to focus on medical training and education over the course of her Presidency:

“I want to support our Trainees, Members and Fellows in their day to day work. In my role as President, my job is to represent them. RCPI has a long tradition of excellence in medical training and I want to work to further strengthen that so that we can provide the best healthcare possible to the population.

“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 clinician leadership in our health service in these challenging times.”

A key priority for me is the retention of our medical graduates in Ireland. We must review job satisfaction in the health service and ensure that there are sufficient training, research and career opportunities in this country. The Irish health service must become a more attractive place to practice and train as a medical specialist

Professor Mary Horgan

President, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland

About Professor Mary Horgan

Professor Horgan is a Consultant Physician in Infectious Diseases and Internal Medicine at Cork University Hospital.

She served as Dean of the University College Cork School of Medicine from 2013-2017.

She took up the role of 142nd President of RCPI at the College's Annual Stated Meeting on 18 October 2017 and will serve a three-year term.

Originally from Kerry, Professor Horgan graduated from UCD in 1986.

She was awarded her MD 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, the Governing Body of UCC, formerly a Board Member of the Irish Blood Transfusion Service and previous Chair of the Council of Deans of Medical Schools of Ireland.

NO REPRO FEE 17/10/2017 Professor Mary Horgan becomes first woman President of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. PHOTO: Mark Stedman

Vocal support for the HPV vaccine

As a specialist in Infectious Diseases, Professor Horgan is a strong advocate for vaccines and has spoken out on the HPV vaccine,

“When I see at the front line the grave consequences of not being vaccinated, it is very easy to be an advocate. I recently received my flu vaccination, to protect myself and my patients and I made sure that my daughter received the HPV vaccination to protect her against cervical cancer.”

An exciting and innovative future for the College

Mr Leo Kearns, Chief Executive Officer of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland has welcomed Professor Horgan's appointment,

“Professor Horgan’s election as President is not only historic but also points to an exciting and innovative future for the College, building on what has been achieved in the past in pursuit of our mission to improve standards of patient care through education and training of doctors. Fellows, Members, Trainees and Staff of the College extend warm wishes and support to Professor Horgan as she embarks on the role of 142nd President of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland.”

I am committed to ensuring that doctors are empowered to take up leadership roles in the health service. Doctors in leadership positions require resilience and perseverance and I want to support the development of these skills. We advocate for our patients and are often the first to identify practical solutions to make healthcare safer and more efficient. As leaders, we also play an essential role in promoting and protecting the health of the population based on the best scientific evidence available. To ensure that this happens, I want to promote individual development and new opportunities in the areas of leadership and research.

Professor Mary Horgan

President, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland

Thanking Professor Frank Murray for all he has done for RCPI

Professor Mary Horgan has acknowledged the great work achieved by Professor Frank Murray, whose three-year term as President ended on 18 October:

"I would like to thank Professor Frank Murray for all he has done for RCPI over the past three years. Under his careful guidance the College has made great progress, particularly in the areas of alcohol and health, physician wellbeing, building our international presence, improving the quality of our training programmes, and the EQUALS Initiative, which is sending life-saving medical equipment and training expertise to Zambia."

Professor Frank Murray has welcomed Professor Horgan's appointment, saying, "It gives me the greatest pleasure to hand over the baton to Mary, who has already given unstinting service to this College since she first became involved in 1999. She has an excellent track record in supporting medical training, and has served RCPI in many national and international roles.

"Mary has extensive experience as a consultant physician and as head of medical school in UCC. I know she will bring great energy expertise and passion to her Presidency and I extend to her my very best wishes."

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The coming year will mark a new era for RCPI, as Professor Mary Horgan becomes the first woman President in our 360 history. It gives me the greatest pleasure to hand over the baton to Mary, who has already given unstinting service to this College since she first became involved in 1999. She has an excellent track record in supporting medical training, and has served RCPI in many national and international roles.

Professor Frank Murray

Past President, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (2014 - 2017)

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