The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has elected a new president, Professor Jane Dacre.
Professor Dacre is currently director of UCL Medical School, and a consultant physician and rheumatologist at the Whittington Hospital in North London.
Until recently she was Medical Director of the MRCP(UK) – the membership examination of the Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK.
Previous posts include Vice Dean and Director of Medical Education, UCL, between 2007 and 2010 and Professor of Medical Education at UCL.
She is the third woman to hold the post in the history of the RCP.
Professor Dacre was included on the inaugural list of 50 inspirational women in Healthcare in 2013, and won the Women in the City Woman of Achievement Award in Medicine and Healthcare 2012.
She said: “I am honoured to have been elected as President of the Royal College of Physicians today. I look forward to the challenges ahead, and to helping physicians to have a stronger voice in the NHS.”
Sir Richard Thompson, current RCP president, said: “I congratulate Jane on being elected to the presidency and hope that she enjoys her term of office as much as I have over the past four years.”