UCC's Dean of Medicine Professor Mary Horgan has been elected as the first female president elect of the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland.
Prof Horgan will become the 142nd President of RCPI in October 2017 and will serve a three-year term.
Originally from Kerry, Professor Horgan graduated from UCD in 1986, was awarded her MD in 1995, MRCPI in 1988 and FRCPI in 1997.
She 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.
Registrar of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland Dr Diarmuid O'Shea said: "I want to warmly congratulate Mary on her election. She has made an enormous contribution to the College since she first became involved in 1999."