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Old Member appointed first female registrar of the Royal College of Physicians

24 March 2021

The College warmly congratulates Dr Cathryn Edwards (Modern History, 1980) who has been appointed as the new registrar of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP). She is the first woman to hold the post since it was established almost 500 years ago.

Dr Edwards is a Consultant Physician and Gastroenterologist working in South Devon. She trained in medicine at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne prior to which she read Modern History at Queen’s. The role of registrar at the RCP is a key leadership position and one of national importance in healthcare. 

Dr Edwards was the first female secretary of the British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG) and its second female president. As part of her work with the BSG, she promoted mentorship as a means of personal development, instigating the BSG Mentorship Programme launched in 2018. Back in 2018, Dr Edwards also supported the College's creation of the Queen's Women's Network (QWN); you can read her words highlighting the importance of female visibility across professional arenas here.

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