Prominent Tropical Disease Expert, Kevin M. Cahill, Dies at 86

Kevin M. Cahill popularly known as Dr. Cahill was the personal physician to a long list of elite New Yorkers, including many top figures in the city’s Roman Catholic hierarchy. Cahill was born on May 5, 1936, in The Bronx, New York, America.

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Tropical Disease Expert with a Political Bent: Kevin M. Cahill dies at 86

Dr. Cahill is the person who managed to pack several careers into single life as one of the leading experts on tropical diseases, also a doctor to celebrities and politicians, and a close adviser to Gov. Hugh L. Carey of New York. Cahill the savior to the ailing American Irish Historical Society, but he also later faced allegations of sexual assault by two women, died on Wednesday at his home in Point Lookout, N.Y. on Long Island aged 86.

Cahill son Brendan said that the cause of his father’s death hadn’t been determined, but he also said that his father had been in bad health.

Dr. Cahill, was a top expert in humanitarian medicine as he has worked in 65 countries he also established an amputation clinic in Somalia and also led earthquake relief in Nicaragua. Cahill was also discussed in 1993 in the NPR’s “Fresh Air With Terry Gross” program.

And being a prominent figure among Irish Americans who quoted Yeats with ease, reviving the American Irish Historical Society, which was founded in the Year 1897 and also occupies a stately former townhouse on Fifth Avenue, across from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The Irish Historical society had practically ceased to exist when Dr. Cahill took it over in the early 1970s. Cahill also raised funds to renovate its home and made its annual gala must-do on the city’s social calendar, in the process helping to make Ireland a subject of one of popular fascination.

From which Family Kevin Cahill belongs? Also, Know about his Educational Qualification

Kevin M. Cahill was born in New York, America as the son of Genevieve Campion, a teacher, and John Cahill, who was a physician. It is said that Cahill was of Irish descent from his grandparents.

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Talking about Cahill’s Educational qualifications, He attended Fordham University and he later graduated in 1957 from that University. After graduation from Fordham University he again attended Cornell University, where he earned his medical degree in 1961 from there and after being a Doctor, he immigrated to London, where he attended the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

How Dr. Cahill became an expert in Tropical diseases?

After his graduation, Kevin worked at the clinic along with nun Mother Teresa and he served as senior advisor for the 51st Governor of New York of whom he was also considered a close friend. Cahill also was his special assistant for health affairs. He had served in the United States Navy medical corps for 2 years where he had established his medicine work in New York. Cahill also served as the chairperson for a sector that involved tropical diseases at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland from the Year 1970 to 2006.

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After his long career as a Doctor, Cahill retired as the senior advisor for Carey in 1980 and he worked at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Cahill is also multi-talented as he had also written books and it was also stated by lawyer and politician Albert H. Blumenthal with words “He’s very single‐minded, quite stubborn and rigid” and also “but he’s an easy man to deal with.

Case of Sexual Assault on Kevin M. Cahill

The life of Dr. Cahill wasn’t without controversy. In the Year 2020 former patient, Megan Wesko, sued him in federal court, blaming he had pursued a romantic relationship with her and he also s*xually assaulted her during an examination, a development reported in The Times in June. And also in 2022 another woman, Natalie Mauro, told that he had also s*xually assaulted her at his office.

But Dr. Cahill wasn’t charged with any crimes as he denied all the allegations, and the lawsuit was still pending at his death.