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New President for the Royal College of Surgeons

10 April 2008

Mr John Black, new president

John Black has been elected as President of The Royal College of Surgeons of England today and will take up his appointment on 10th July 2008. The appointment is for three years, subject to annual re-election by the College Council.

John Black qualified from Cambridge University via St Thomas’s Hospital Medical School in 1968 and obtained the Fellowship in 1973, with an MD (Birmingham) in 1978. He was the second President of ASiT. In 1978 he was appointed Consultant General Surgeon in Worcester, with an interest in vascular surgery but became a “first-wave” laparoscopic surgeon in 1990. He served as the first Medical Director of Worcester Royal Infirmary and chairs the charity that built and runs the Charles Hastings Education Centre. He was Training Programme Director in General Surgery in the West Midlands Region during the change to the Calman system and joined the SAC in 1998, and was Chairman from 2004 to 2007. He was elected to the Council of The Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2003 and in July 2006 became Honorary Treasurer.

Mr William Thomas and Mrs Linda de Cossart have been elected Vice Presidents of the College.

Commenting on his election Mr John Black said,

“I am honoured to have been elected as President of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and congratulate Mr Bill Thomas and Mrs Linda de Cossart on their election as Vice President. As we come from Worcester, Sheffield and Chester, Council has clearly avoided any bias towards London!

My job over the next few years is to maintain the College policy of putting patients first in everything we do. My predecessor Bernie Ribeiro will be a very hard act to follow and I will need help and support from all of you in keeping your College at the heart of surgical affairs.”