Awards And Medals

Sushruta-Guha Professorship in Plastic Surgery and Wound Healing

The College, through the generous philanthropy of Dr Somes Guha, established the Sushruta-Guha Professorship in Wound Healing and Plastic Surgery.  This professorship marks the contribution of Sushruta, the father of Indian Surgery, to worldwide surgical practice.The Sushruta Guha Professorship has been established to recognise a distinguished scholar in Plastic Surgery and Wound Healing. The scholastic work is to be presented at a summer meeting of the BAPRAS.

The College, in partnership with the British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons, (BAPRAS) identify an appropriate individual to be awarded the Sushruta-Guha Professorship in Plastic Surgery and Wound Healing who presents the Sushruta-Guha Lecture.

Further Information: Guidance for Applicants

Closing date for Applications: Wednesday 30 March 2016

Sushruta-Guha Professorships
2016 S Raja Sabapathy Pushing the Boundaries in Limb Salvage following Trauma Bristol
2015 Gus McGrouther Mechanotransduction Brussels


Sushruta-Guha Lecturers
2014 Gary Burget Three Artistic Principles of Reconstruction of the Nose BAPRAS Scientific Meeting
2013 Stephen Milner The 90% Burn: Lessons Learned BAPRAS Scientific Meeting
2012 David Herndon The Molecular Response of White Blood Cells Muscle and Fat to Massive Burn, Insights into the Host Response to Injury and Sepsis RCSEd Lister Centenary Celebration


King James IV Professorship

King James IV of Scotland, who confirmed this College's Seal of Cause on the 13th October 1506, had an interest in all matters scientific, including medicine and surgery, and was particularly proud of his skill as a dental surgeon, adopting the somewhat unusual practise of paying patients on whom he operated.

To mark the Millennium, The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, with the Faculty of Dental Surgery, proposed the establishment of lectureships to be awarded annually by the College in open competition to practitioners of surgery or dental surgery who have made a significant contribution to the clinical and/or scientific basis of surgery. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II gave permission for the College to use the title King James IV Professorship.

Up to five Professorships may be awarded annually - two to Dental Fellows and three to Surgical Fellows of the College. The courtesy title of Professor will be accorded to King James IV Lecturers for the duration of the College year in which their lecture is delivered.

Further information: Guidance Notes

Closing date for application: Wednesday 15 June 2016

Past recipients of the James IV Professorship.


The Syme Medal

James Syme (1799-1870) was a leading surgeon of his day and an enthusiastic teacher and surgical innovator. He was also the mentor of Joseph Lister. The Syme Medal is a prestigious mark of excellence awarded by the College to a Fellow or Member of the College in good standing, on the basis of a recently submitted thesis (MD or PhD), or published body of research, or educational development. Research should have been published in high quality peer reviewed journals. Consideration will be given to the impact of the work on future research or clinical practice. The Medal is to be awarded to surgeons in training or recently appointed consultants and is distinct from the King James IV Professorship.

Further information: Guidance Notes

Closing date: Wednesday 15 June 2016

For further information contact Cathy McCartney: or +44 131 527 1618

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