On May 23, 2019, Dr. Fergus Shanahan, Professor of Medicine at University College Cork Ireland, and Director of the Alimentary Pharmacology Institute was awarded an honorary degree by McMaster University at the Faculty of Health Sciences Spring Convocation. Professor Shanahan is a leading expert on the intestinal microbiome and in its exploitation for therapeutic gain. He is also well-recognized for his interest in the use of art to portray the experience of medical illness. He was introduced to research during his two-year postgraduate training at McMaster in the early 1980’s. Professor Shanahan has been a frequent visitor to the Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute at McMaster and is a member of its Scientific Advisory Board.