Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland
Professor Mary Horgan is President of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, former Dean of the School of Medicine at UCC and Consultant Physician in Infectious Diseases at Cork University Hospital. She graduated from University College Dublin in 1986. Professor Horgan undertook a Fellowship in Infectious Diseases in Washington University Medical School, St Louis, USA and was appointed Assistant Professor of Medicine in 1995. She returned to Ireland in 1997 to take up the position of Consultant in Infectious Diseases and is an Academic Clinician in University College Cork, Ireland.
Professor Horgan was the first woman to be appointed as Dean of the Medical School in UCC. She has a research interest in the fields of medical education and Infectious Diseases. She is a member of the scientific advisory group of the European Society of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology. Professor Horgan has been a Ministerial appointment of number of Health service-related National Boards including HPRA and IBTS. During the pandemic, as well as working on the frontline, she was appointed of Chair of the Ireland’s first National Research Ethics Committee, is a member of the National Public Health Emergency Team and the Government’s COVID Advisory Group, and is Chair of the Government’s Expert Group on Rapid Testing. She was awarded the UCD Alumni award for health in 2019.
Professor Horgan was elected as President of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, the first women to hold this position since the College’s foundation in 1654. RCPI is the professional and training body for Medical Specialists in Ireland and has a membership of over 12,000 doctors in Ireland and globally.