Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh Announces New President-Elect


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24 Jun 2022

Professor Rowan Parks has been appointed as the new President of The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and will officially take on the role in November 2022. 

Professor Parks is currently a consultant hepatopancreaticobiliary (HPB) surgeon and Professor of Surgical Sciences at the University of Edinburgh and has served on the RCSEd Council since 2009, most recently as Vice President. He has a significant interest in medical education and training and is currently Deputy Medical Director of NHS Education for Scotland (NES). 

Current President, Professor Michael Griffin OBE, who will remain in-post until November 2022, said: “I’d like to congratulate Rowan on his success and wish him all the best for his upcoming term as President of the College.

“The competition was incredibly tough this term and I’d like to extend my gratitude to all the applicants who were in the running for the position.  It was inspirational to see so many impressive individuals with a real passion for bettering the surgical profession.

“Having the opportunity to serve as President of the RCSEd is truly an honour and a fantastic opportunity to represent our members and the surgical community not only in the UK, but all over the world.  I have every confidence that Rowan will achieve fantastic things in his new role.”

Professor Rowan Parks said: “I am absolutely delighted and honoured to have been elected to serve as the next President of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. I look forward to working with Council, the College staff and our global membership to build on the outstanding work of Professor Michael Griffin, and lead the College as it grows and develops over the next three years.”

For more information on RCSEd, go to www.rcsed.ac.uk.


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About The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

RCSEd was first incorporated as the Barber Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1505, and is based in Edinburgh and Birmingham. It is one of the oldest surgical corporations in the world with a worldwide membership of over 30,000. The majority of our members practice across the UK, with over 15,000 professionals based in Scotland, England and Wales. The College also has a significant global presence with 11,000 members in over 100 countries worldwide. 

The College promotes the highest standards of surgical and dental practice through education, training and examinations, its liaison with external medical bodies and representation of the modern surgical and dental workforce. It is also home to the UK’s only Faculty of Surgical Trainers, open to all those with an interest in surgical training regardless of College affiliation.

Find RCSEd here www.rcsed.ac.uk, on Twitter www.twitter.com/RCSEd, on Facebook www.facebook.com/rcsed and Instagram https://www.instagram.com/RCSEd/

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