Richard Whitley, M.D., professor in the Department of Pediatrics, was recently named an Honorary Fellow by the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland in recognition of his significant contributions to medicine. Whitley’s fellowship was conferred at a ceremony on Saturday, October 20, and celebrated at a gala dinner following the ceremony. An Honorary Fellowship is the highest honor that the Royal College can bestow, and previous recipients have included presidents of Ireland, Nobel laureates, international philanthropic figures and international royalty. It is reserved for world leaders in medical science and those who have made other exceptional contributions to society. “I am deeply honored to receive this important award,” said Whitley.
The president of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, Professor Mary Horgan, presented Whitley with the award. Whitley also delivered the John Feely Memorial Lecture at the St. Luke’s Symposium on the day before the fellowship ceremony. His lecture titled “Medicine in Changing Times” has been selected as the featured lecture for the “Highlights from St Luke’s Symposium,” which will be shown over the next few months online.