Tuesday 16 October 2018

Prof Shane Higgins to be next master of National Maternity Hospital

Prof Shane Higgins
Prof Shane Higgins
The National Maternity Hospital at Holles Street
Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

The next master of the National Maternity Hospital will be consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist Prof Shane Higgins.

He will take over from Dr Rhona Mahony whose term ends on January 1, 2019

Prof Higgins was elected by the Governors of the hospital ”following a rigorous selection process which considered a field of experienced Irish and international obstetricians,” said a spokesman.

He is also a maternal and fetal medicine specialist and has a broad range of clinical and management experience gained in Ireland, Scotland and Australia.

Prof Higgins is the Clinical Lead for the National Maternity Hospital move to the Saint Vincent’s University Hospital Campus. He has held this role from the inception of the project five years ago, through the planning process and now into the construction phase which has begun this year.

The move to the new hospital is expected to take place during Prof Higgins’ term as Master.

The Deputy Chairman of the hospital Board Mr Nicholas Kearns said: “Dr Higgins will be taking over at the start of a critical and exciting period which will see the new hospital built and operational at the St Vincent’s campus. We look forward to his term with great anticipation.”

According to Dr Higgins:  “I am truly honoured to have been selected for this role and I look forward to working with the magnificent team of professionals that make this hospital such a  special place in Irish life.”

Dr Mahony said: “With seven months to go before my own term of office comes to an end I know I will be handing over to someone of huge experience and capability who will lead this hospital into a new era in its proud history. I wish him the very best.”

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