Leading Medical College Congratulates Regent on Prestigious Honour

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06 May 2024

Lord Ajay Kakkar KG KBE PC, pictured with Immediate Past-RCSEd President, Professor Michael Griffin OBE

One of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh’s (RCSEd) Regents, Lord Ajay Kakkar KG KBE PC, has been recognised as a Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter by King Charles III.

This esteemed recognition highlights Lord Kakkar's exceptional contributions to the medical profession and society, marking a significant milestone in his illustrious career.

The Order of the Garter, the oldest and most senior Order of Chivalry in Britain, celebrates distinguished individuals who have made outstanding contributions to public service, leadership, and excellence.

The President of The Thrombosis Research Institute London and Chairman of King’s Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre, he has spearheaded groundbreaking research in thromboembolic disease and cancer-associated thrombosis.

As one of the three new Knight Companions appointed on St George’s Day, Lord Kakkar, joins a select group of individuals recognised for their exemplary service and dedication to the highest ideals of chivalry.

Congratulating him, Professor Rowan Parks, President of RCSEd, said:

"We are immensely proud to congratulate Lord Kakkar on this well-deserved honour.

Lord Kakkar's association with the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh as a regent and chair of the RCSEd National Honours Committee is a source of great pride for our College and we look forward to continuing our collaboration with him.”


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 more than 32,000, which includes 15,000 members in the UK.
  • The College also has a significant global presence with 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 at rcsed.ac.uk, on Twitter, on Facebook, and Instagram.

For further information, please contact comms@rcsed.ac.uk 

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