The inaugural Dr Paule Cotter Medal has been awarded to Professor Mary Leader, Consultant Histopathologist for her outstanding contribution to Pathological Practise both in Ireland and internationally.
The medal was presented at the Faculty of Pathology's annual symposium on 8 February 2019.
Prof Leader’s work spans across diagnostic, academic and educational practise. Throughout her long career, she contributed significantly to diagnostic practise in Ireland and has worked energetically to deliver the highest standards in clinical practice.
Tumour Pathology including Soft Tissue Sarcomas, have been her main area of interest and research, for which she was awarded her MD. She has also published extensively.
Prof Mary Leader continues to be an outstanding educator. She is responsible for pathology education and the assessment of 350 medical students each year at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland undergraduate medical programme and provides leadership and pathology education to the RCSI Medical Schools in Perdana, Malaysia and Bahrain.
In 2014, she received the prestigious National Teaching Hero Award in recognition of her contribution to education.
Through her interaction with numerous Pathology trainees, she has passed on her extensive knowledge to many consultants who are now working within the Irish System.
Professor Leader is President of the Irish Society of Surgical Pathology, Chairperson of Division of Laboratory Medicine at Beaumont Hospital, a Member of the Board and Vice President of the Irish Hospital’s Consultant’s Association, a Board Member of the Faculty of Pathology at RCPI, and an Irish Representative to the Pathological Society of Great Britain and Ireland.
We are delighted to pay tribute to the exceptional work and contribution to healthcare of the late Dr Paule Cotter. Dr Cotter contributed significantly to Pathology practice in Ireland both in her role as Dean of the Faculty of Pathology at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (1990 – 1993) and particularly as a Consultant Haematologist at Cork University Hospital.
Dr Paule Cotter (1943-2017) was born in Bantry Co. Cork. She graduated in medicine with first class honors from UCC in 1966. She trained in England where she took her MRCP and MRCPath and had her first appointment as a Consultant Haematologist. She returned to her native Cork, joining the Clinical Consultant Staff in the newly established Cork Regional Hospital, in 1979.
Above all, Dr Cotter remained dedicated to Haematology/Pathology Service development and delivery over the ensuing twenty-five years to her retirement. Her patients were at the core of her commitment. She highly valued collegiality and contributed professionally and socially to the Consultant Medical Staff Committee, inestimably assisting integration of service delivery within Cork University Hospital.
She was a warm and active mentor, over and above her formal attachment to the Medical School at UCC. Her passion and empathy encouraged a new generation of Haematologists from among her junior staff, who would in turn take the reins at her retirement.
In so many of these professional roles, Dr. Paule Cotter was the first woman to push these boundaries, and always in her own characteristic, generous, considerate and unassuming manner.