THE Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital has appointed Cork man Michael O'Connell to be its next master.
Professor O'Connell, who hails from Youghal, began his seven-year term this week, taking over from Prof Sharon Sheehan who completed her term.
Trained in UCC, Prof O'Connell completed specialist training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in both the UK and Ireland.
He is particularly interested in the training of junior doctors and has held many roles in the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland including Vice President and National Specialty Director.
He is internationally recognised for his work in India and the Middle East and has published widely in areas such as maternal disease in pregnancy, labour and delivery, and preterm labour.
A special celebratory event was held in the hospital on New Year's Day to mark the new appointment.
Congratulating Prof O’Connell, Chairman of the Board of Guardians and Directors, Mr John Gleeson said:
"The Board and I were delighted when he was elected.
"He has extensive clinical experience both here at home and internationally and he has solid leadership and training skills having been at the forefront of training junior doctors for many years.
"We wish Michael every success in his new role and I know the Board and all his colleagues here at the Coombe will do all that we can to support him over the coming years."
On taking up the new role, Professor O'Connell lauded the team at the Coombe for the work they do.
"Our vision is to be a nationally and internationally recognised leader in healthcare for women, babies and their families and to be the first choice for women needing maternity, neonatal and gynaecology services.
"I believe we will achieve that through our commitment to clinical and academic excellence," he said.