Remembering Dr Kate McGarry

President and Board Member of the Irish Heart Foundation (2009-2017)

The untimely death of Dr Kathleen McGarry on 5th January was an immense loss to her family and friends. Dr McGarry was a consultant in General Internal Medicine with a special interest in non-invasive cardiology.

She was a leading figure in the community in Navan where she was responsible for developing cardiology services there as a consultant physician in Our Lady’s Hospital from 1983 until 2014 and ran an active clinical practice in the Mater Private Cardiology Clinic in Navan.

A lifetime full of achievements began when Kate’s cardiology training was undertaken in the Hammersmith and Great Ormond Street hospitals in London and she subsequently spent a year as a Cardiology Fellow in Edmonton University Hospital in Canada before returning to Ireland in 1983.

She achieved more than 30 peer-reviewed publications related to cardiovascular disease including a major collaborative study which identified a unique gene in a large Irish family with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

The Irish Heart Foundation (IHF) has long benefited from the immense expertise and insight of Dr McGarry as chairperson on the organisation’s voluntary Council on Women’s heart disease before she served on the Board of the IHF from 2009 until 2014 and most recently as President of the IHF since September 2015.

Kate was also an elected member of the Council of the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland (RCPI) for 25 years and has served a term as Vice President and Censor of the College before being appointed to a senior role as the Associate Director of Hospital Site Accreditation. Kate also served on a number of national committees and Boards including the National Drugs Advisory Board and the Irish Medicine Board.

Dr Angie Brown, Medical Director of the Irish Heart Foundation said: “On behalf of all her colleagues and friends at the Irish Heart Foundation, I extend our sincere sympathies to Kate’s husband Finbarr and her family on their loss.

“The Irish Heart Foundation was extremely fortunate to have had the benefit of her inspiration, dedication and passion, which has contributed greatly to the fight against heart disease and stroke in this country.

“Kate was a wonderful colleague and a dear friend who will be sadly missed, may she rest in peace.”

Tim Collins, CEO of the Irish Heart Foundation said: “Kate was a thoughtful and compassionate colleague whose guidance and leadership will be missed by all of the management team and the Board. Our thoughts are with her family at this sad time.”

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