31 December 2008
The Royal College of Surgeons of England is delighted to learn that Mr Bernard Ribeiro has been appointed a Knight Bachelor by Her Majesty the Queen for services to medicine. Mr Ribeiro has made major contributions to surgical practice in his career as a consultant surgeon and especially as an outstanding President of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, demitting office in 2008.
Mr Ribeiro became FRCS in 1972 and was appointed as Consultant Surgeon at the Basildon Hospital in 1979 where he has served until his retirement in 2008. In 1998 he was elected to the Council of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. In 2004 he was elected as senior vice President of the college, and following the untimely death of his predecessor, Mr Hugh Phillips, he was elected as President in 2005 a post in which he has served with great distinction during the three years of his office. During this time he had to deal with many difficult professional issues. He has been a major participant in continuing the restructuring and modernisation of surgical training and has overseen the introduction of the new surgical curriculum for all surgical trainees in the UK. Without question he has been an outstanding president of the college.
However he has not forgotten his roots in Africa and has organised several surgical teaching visits to that continent and especially to his home country, Ghana.
In summary Bernard Ribeiro is a surgeon who has made many major contributions to surgery at a local, regional and national level, shaping patterns of surgical practice and culminating in his tenure as an outstanding President of the Royal College of Surgeons of England.