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Military Surgeon Receives RCSEd Fellowship ad hominem

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20 Nov 2012


The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) has recognised the achievements of a consultant surgeon in Trauma and Orthopaedics and distinguished member of the Armed Forces at a diploma ceremony held at the 500-year-old Edinburgh College last Friday 16 November 2012.


Colonel Michael Stewart, Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic  Surgeon, South Tees NHS Trust, was awarded the RCSEd Fellowship ad hominem in recognition of the contribution he has made in the field of orthopaedic surgery, particularly in the management of serious trauma.


Colonel Stewart has served in the Army for over 25 years, across the world, and on operational deployments in Kuwait, Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. For over a decade until his retirement this year, he had been the Senior Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon in the Armed Forces, Consultant Advisor to the Surgeon General, and Programme Director of Training in Military Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery. In 2004, he was appointed Honorary Surgeon to Her Majesty the Queen. He has received numerous decorations, including CBE (Military Division) in 2010.


Explaining more about Colonel Stewart's nomination to receive the RCSEd Fellowship, RCSEd Vice President, Professor James Hutchison said:


"No one in British Orthopaedics has more authority to speak on the management of serious trauma than Colonel Stewart. The award of this Fellowship ad hominem is given in recognition of his years of dedicated service in the Armed Forces, esteemed research into war wounds and published work in peer reviewed journals, in addition to his services as a Consultant in Trauma and Orthopaedics and position as Honorary Surgeon to HM the Queen."


The President of The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Mr Ian Ritchie said:


"RCSEd is very proud of the accomplishments of its Fellows and Members, and of their outstanding service to the profession and Colonel Stewart's contributions to surgery exemplify this quality. I take great pleasure in presenting the Fellowship to mark his outstanding contributions in the field of trauma and orthopaedics."


At the diploma ceremony, Colonel Stewart joined surgeons from around the globe who travelled to Edinburgh to receive Fellowship and Membership diplomas in recognition of their success in achieving the required standards of the rigorous surgical examinations.


Commenting on receiving his Fellowship from the College, Colonel Stewart said:


"Rather than any personal achievement, I consider this honour a most gracious compliment to the Cadre of Military Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgeons and the excellent work that they have done and continue to do in the care of our wounded from Iraq and Afghanistan."


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