Professor Dame Clare Gerada has been named as the next president of the RCGP.
Prof Gerada, who served as the RCGP’s chair between 2010 and 2013, ran unopposed with 84% of voters agreeing to her appointment.
She will take over the presidency from Professor Amanda Howe when her two-year term comes to an end in November.
Commenting on her new role, Professor Gerada tweeted: ‘Honoured to be part of the RCGP team again.
‘From an immigrant background (where my father was so terrified of RCGP that he never ever shortlisted someone with MRCGP as a partner) to now its President.
‘Going forward, I pledge to support my profession in every way I can.’
Professor Gerada was first elected to the RCGP Council in 1998 and is its longest serving member.
She becomes the first woman for nearly 70 years, and only the second in the College’s history, to hold the positions of both chair and president.
She is also a member of the BMA Council, co-chair of the NHS Assembly and is founder and medical director of NHS Practitioner Health, which provides mental health support to GPs.
Professor Gerada is a partner in the Hurley Group and a practising GP in South London.
She is also chair of the charity Doctors in Distress and has recently written a book, Beneath the White Coat, Doctors, their Minds and Mental Illness, with all proceeds going to the charity.
The College has also announced that Dr Susi Caesar, Dr Tajvinder Grewal, Professor Mike Holmes, Dr Uwa Ima-Edomwonyi, Dr Mohana Ratnapalan and Dr Victoria Tzortziou Brown have become nationally-elected elected RCGP Council members.
The six new members will begin their three-year terms of office in November.
Chief operating officer and College returning officer Dr Valerie Vaughan-Dick said: ‘Congratulations to Clare who has a long history with the College.
‘We look forward to working with her more closely once again. Congratulations also to our new council members and thank you to everybody who put themselves forward.’