Professor Michael Fitzgerald was the first Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in Ireland (Retired). Specialising in autism spectrum disorders, he has diagnosed over 5000 patients. He has a large number of peer-reviewed publications and has written, co-written, and co-edited 34 books with Japanese, Dutch, and Polish translations. Professor Simon Baron-Cohen of the University of Cambridge described one of his books on autism as 'the best book on autism” and described him as an 'exceptional scholar.” He has lectured extensively throughout the world, including the Royal Society/British Academy and the British Library in London. He was the overall winner of the 'Excellence in Psychiatry” Award 2017 and was nominated as one of the top four psychiatrists by Hospital Professional News Ireland—Top 100 Professionals in Ireland 2017.