Viani’s election will mark the first time both the President and Vice President of the organisation are female
The RCSI has announced the election of Professor Laura Viani as the new President of the College and Professor Deborah McNamara as Vice-President.
Professor Viani takes up office following the College’s biennial Council Elections which have seen a female President and female Vice-President taking up office together for the first time in RCSI’s history.
Professor Laura Viani is a consultant otolaryngologist and neurotologist at Beaumont Hospital and the Children’s University Hospital Temple Street. She is Director and Professor of the National Cochlear Implant Programme and Hearing Research Centre and is founder of this national specialty. She replaces outgoing President, Professor P. Ronan O’Connell.
Professor Deborah McNamaraa consultant general and colorectal surgeon at Beaumont Hospital, has been elected as the new Vice President. She has built a deep experience of the healthcare system as co-lead of the National Clinical Programme in Surgery and as a national healthcare quality improvement leader.
Professor Laura Viani has more than 30 years’ experience as a consultant otolaryngologist and neurotologist and is internationally renowned as a leader in hearing sciences and surgery. Over 30 years ago, she conceived of the idea of a National Cochlear Implant Program and persuaded the Department of Health of its necessity and established the programme at Beaumont Hospital.
In 2016, she set up a multi-institutional hearing research centre involving RCSI, Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and universities in USA and Latin America.
For more than 25 years she has been involved in RCSI training and as a member of Council in which role she has chaired and co-chaired many committees. She has contributed to surgical education by her contribution to the training programmes, organising conferences at home and abroad, supervision of higher degrees and delivery of keynote lectures and through her published work.
Professor Viani is past-President of the Royal Academy of Medicine of Ireland – Otolaryngology Section, Honorary Associate Professor of Surgery at RCSI, Honorary Adjunct Professor at Trinity College Dublin and Visiting Professor to centres in Australia, Middle East, and Latin America. She completed her training in Ireland, UK and Switzerland and is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin.