14 April 2011
Professor Norman Williams has been elected as President of The Royal College of Surgeons of England today [14th April 2011] and will take up his appointment on Thursday 7th July 2011. The RCS Presidency lasts for three years, subject to annual re-election by the College Council.
Professor Williams, a Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, trained in London, Bristol, Leeds and Los Angeles before being appointed to Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry in 1986, where he is currently Director of the Academic Surgical Unit. He was elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2004, elected to RCS Council in 2005 and is currently Chairman of the College’s Research and Academic Board.
In addition, Professor John Stanley and Mr John Getty have been elected as Vice Presidents of the College; they will also take up their appointment on Thursday 7th July.
Professor Stanley is a Consultant Hand and Orthopaedic surgeon in Lancashire, Former President of the British Society for Surgery of the Hand, and is currently a Professor of Hand surgery at the University of Manchester. He was appointed to the Council of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2006, and this is his second year as Vice President, he was first elected in 2010.
Mr John Getty is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at the Northern General Hospital; he has been President of the Rheumatoid Arthritis Surgical Society, European Rheumatoid Arthritis Surgical Society and British Orthopaedic Association. He was appointed to the Council of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2007, and currently responsible for International Affairs at the College.