Dr Kate McGarry was an honours medical graduate of UCD after winning an entrance scholarship to UCD, going on to win the Bellingham Gold Medal in clinical medicine in St. Vincent's Hospital, where she did her early postgraduate training. Her later training took place in the Hammersmith and Great Ormond Street hospitals in London, and the clinical pharmacology department in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. She was appointed a Clinical Fellow in University Hospital, Edmonton in Canada before returning to Ireland in 1983 to work as a consultant physician in Our Lady's Hospital, Navan where she was instrumental in developing Cardiology services. Kate was a Fellow on the Royal College of Physicians for twenty-five years and she was also President of the Irish Heart Foundation. In October 2019, The Royal College of Physicians in Ireland honoured Kate with a prestigious new award, the Dr Kate McGarry Prize, which will be awarded annually to doctors in training.