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Awards and Medals

Lady Margaret MacLellan Award 2018

In April 1985 a sum of money was made available by Sir Robin MacLellan to provide a monetary prize (with a suitably inscribed momento) to be awarded biennially for outstanding contributions to medical science in Scotland. The Medical Schools and Royal Colleges in Scotland would be invited to submit nominations. Members of Tenovus Scotland’s National Committee are ineligible.

We have pleasure in advising that the 17th Lady Margaret MacLellan Award will be made to the individual, or group of individuals, who are actively engaged in medical research in Scotland and have contributed most in the field of Precision medicine’ research within Scotland in recent years. The sum of £3000 and a suitable memento will be awarded.

Submission Process 

The closing date for nominations is 7 December 2018.


Dental Prizes

Nominations are invited for the awards of the Faculty of Dental Surgery (Home) Medal and the Faculty of Dental Surgery (International) Medal of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

RCSEd Faculty of Dental Surgery Fellows are invited to submit nominations for either award and should provide clear reasons why the individual should be considered for the award. Each medal may be awarded to dentists or others who have made a distinguished contribution to the Faculty, College and dentistry.

For more information on the criteria or to nominate someone, please contact Linda Stuart, Dental Faculty Manager: l.stuart@rcsed.ac.uk.

The closing date for nominations is 3 October 2018.


The Dundas Medal

The medal is in commemoration of Dr Charles Robert (Bertie) Dundas FFARCS FRCP Glasgow. Dr Dundas was a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Surgery (Anaesthetics) in Aberdeen and honorary consultant anaesthetist from 1975 to 1995. He died in 2014 from biliary carcinoma. He was never offered palliative care whilst he was ill and spent his last months waiting for chemotherapy whilst enduring a poor quality of life. His widow Dr Valerie Dundas made a donation to PATCH (Palliation and The Caring Hospital) to improve the provision of palliative care in hospital.

In recognition of Bertie’s lifelong enthusiasm for teaching, research and innovation, an annual award to recognise efforts to improve the provision of palliative care for patients when they are in hospital is fitting. The award is open to individuals or teams [medical, nursing or paramedical] working in any hospital in the UK. It is not essential that the applicant should be an FRCSEd. 

Closing date for applications: TBC

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.

Guidance Notes and Application Form

Closing date for applications: Wednesday 12 June

For further information contact Cathy McCartney: c.mccartney@rcsed.ac.uk or +44 131 527 1618

King James IV Professorship

King James IV of Scotland, who confirmed this College's Seal of Cause on 13 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.

Guidance Notes and Application Form

Closing date for applications: Wednesday 12 June 2019

Past recipients of the King James IV Professorship

Sushruta Professorship in Plastic Surgery Medal

The Sushruta Professorship in Plastic Surgery has been established through the generosity of the Guha family to recognise a distinguished scholar in Plastic Surgery. The scholastic work is to be presented at a meeting of an ICOPLAST member National Society. In Sushruta’ s spirit, the awardee’s lifetime contribution should reflect some of the attributes as described below through original research, practice, leadership and publication in Plastic Surgery peer reviewed forums. The award is open globally. A recognised senior scholar of outstanding merit may apply, supported by two scholars, clinicians, or scientists of great standing in complimentary fields.

The closing date for applications: TBC

Sushruta Professorship in Plastic Surgery Medal Awardees

Year Name Title of Lecture
2018 Stefan O Hofer Transforming lives. Breast Cancer Reconstruction: How we changed a procedure into an academic practice and then changed the world around us. 

Sushruta-Guha Awardees



Title of Lecture


David Herndon

The Molecular response of white blood cells, muscle and fat to massive burn, insights into the host response to injury and sepsis


S Milner 

The 90% burn: lessons learned 


G Burget 

Three artistic principles for reconstruction of the nose 


D A McGrouther 



R Sabapathy 

Pushing the boundaries in limb salvage following trauma 


B Pomohac

Facial restoration by transplantation

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