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RCPI announces two new awards in tribute to Dr Kathleen Lynn and Dr Dorothy Stopford Price

The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI) is pleased to announce two new awards in tribute to pioneering Irish doctors, Dr Kathleen Lynn and Dr Dorothy Stopford Price.

Professor Mary Horgan, first woman President of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and a Consultant in Infectious Diseases said she was very proud to be honouring these pioneering women.

It is fitting that we announce the awards on International Women’s Day. We are proud to pay tribute to both Dr Lynn and Dr Stopford Price by establishing these awards for outstanding contribution to medicine in their honour. They were trailblazers who have, and will continue to inspire generations of doctors.

Professor Mary Horgan

President, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland

Dr Kathleen Lynn

The Kathleen Lynn Medal will be awarded by the Faculty of Paediatrics at RCPI as the highest award to recognise paediatricians that have been outstanding in their careers and in their contribution to paediatrics.

Dr Ellen Crushell, Dean of the Faculty of Paediatrics is delighted to welcome the new award,

“Dr Kathleen Lynn performed outstanding work in caring for the sick and malnourished children of Dublin and in founding St Ultan’s Hospital for Infants. She also led the way for women working in Medicine in Ireland and St Ultan’s was staffed mostly by female doctors. She did much to improve the lives of Irish children through medicine and education and we look forward to presenting this medal as our highest award to those making equally outstanding contributions to children’s health.”    

Dr Dorothy Stopford Price

The Dorothy Stopford Price Medal will be awarded by the Faculty of Public Health Medicine. It will be open to doctors on RCPI Higher Specialist Training Programmes and will reward research on vaccination, immunisation or control of infectious diseases and its potential impact on public health. Dr Dorothy Stopford Price pioneered the BCG vaccination in Ireland.

Professor Emer Shelley, Dean of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine welcomed today’s announcement,

“Dr Stopford Price is a tremendous role model for doctors who are working to control infectious diseases and ensure adequate levels of vaccination in the population. Current challenges include the elimination of measles in Europe, vaccination against whooping cough in pregnancy, and reducing the impact of bacteria which are resistant to antibiotics. Awarding an annual medal in memory of Dr Stopford Price will increase knowledge among doctors in Higher Specialist Training of these and similar issues which are important for public health.


These women made a major contribution to the health of our nation at a time when there were few women in medicine. In 2018, it is a great time for women in medicine. They are making great strides in patient care across a diverse range of medical specialties such as Pathology, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Neurosurgery, and Paediatrics. With the right mentor and right coaching they can achieve great success in their chosen fields.

Professor Mary Horgan

Further details of these awards will be announced shortly.



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