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Saturday 20 January 2018

College of Surgeons gets its first female president

Eilish O'Regan Health Correspondent

A doctor who broke through male-dominated barriers to become a heart surgeon has been elected the first female president of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) in its 226-year history.

Eilis McGovern, a cardio-thoracic surgeon in St James's Hospital in Dublin since 1987, takes over the prestigious role in the college -- which is pivotal to training tomorrow's surgeons and promoting high standards.

Ms McGovern led the establishment of the country's third public cardiac unit 'The Keith Shaw Unit' in St James's Hospital which opened in 2000.

"The unit has been held up by successive Health Ministers as an example of best practice in the Irish health system," said a spokeswoman for the college.

A graduate of UCD, Ms McGovern was also appointed by the Health Service Executive as project director of the plan to reorganise hospital services in the north-east .

She has served on the Council of RCSI since 1995, chairing the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences Committee.

Ms McGovern also chaired the college committee which made recommendations to the council on issues relating to surgical training and practice.

Speaking on her two-year tenure appointment, Ms McGovern said: "I am honoured to be elected as president of RCSI and look forward to the challenges that lie ahead.

"The hybrid activities of the college, from our heritage in surgery, our research activities and as a leading provider of medical education all work to ensure excellence in patient care."

Irish Independent

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