Alumni Spotlight

Mary Horgan, MD, ID fellow 1994, elected 142nd President of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland

Mary Horgan, MD, has recently been elected as President Designate of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland.  Dr. Horgan will become the 142nd President of RCPI at their Annual Stated Meeting in October 2017 and will serve a three-year term.

Mary Horgan, MD
Mary Horgan, MD

“Mary has made an enormous contribution to the College since she first became involved in 1999,” according to Dr Diarmuid O’Shea, Registrar, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. “Within the College, Mary has a strong track record in supporting medical training initiatives, and while serving as Associate Dean of Basic Specialist Training, took a lead role in the development and training of postgraduate doctors. She is a member of our Council and is currently Director of Development and Planning”.

Originally from Kerry, Professor Horgan graduated from UCD in 1986 (MD), MRCPI in 1988 and FRCPI in 1997. Dr. Horgan trained in the infectious diseases fellowship program in St. Louis, MO at Washington University School of Medicine 1990 – 1994. After completing her ID fellowship, she became faculty of the ID division through 1997, when she returned to Ireland.She currently serves on the Board of the Health Products Regulatory Authority and the Mercy University Hospital and on the Governing Body of UCC. She is formerly a Board Member of the Irish Blood Transfusion Service and was previous Chair of the Council of Deans of Medical Schools. She is a Consultant Physician in Infectious Diseases and Internal Medicine at Cork University Hospital and Dean of the University College Cork School of Medicine.

Dr. O’Shea believes that in her new role as President Designate, Mary will bring great energy and passion to the role of President when she takes up the post in October 2017.

It is also a new era for RCPI with the election of the first female President Designate in their 360 year history.