Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon, Chairman of IDEALS
John was born in Brighton June 1940 and educated at Varndean Grammar School then University College London and University College Hospital Medical School qualifying Batchelor of Medicine, Batchelor of Surgery. After pre-registration house appointments served in Royal Navy serving as Surgical Specialist, including time as Surgical Specialist in Royal Naval Hospitals and on the commando Carrier HMS Bulwark. Subsequently he was Medical Officer to Reserve Royal Marine Commando Unit. Holder of Military Parachute Wings.
1976 appointed Consultant Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgeon to Lewisham University Hospital, Children’s Hospital Sydenham and Director of Lewisham Hospital Accident and Emergency. Department. In 1980 appointed Consultant Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgeon to Medway Hospital, Kent and was Director of Department of Orthopaedics Trauma and Plastic Surgery.
1993 Elected Honourable Citizen of Rochester by Rochester upon Medway City Council for Services to patients and their families. 1993 began visits to Bosnia engaged in war surgery in the State Hospital Sarajevo. Subsequently Awarded Bosnian Medal of Honour for work in Sarajevo Hospital during and after the war.
He continued Bosnian activities as visiting Consultant to State Hospital, Sarajevo where he was involved in reconstruction of services in a variety of orthopaedic and trauma sub specialities. Work extended with Primary Trauma Care training to North West frontier of Pakistan (NWFP) in 2003 and subsequently to Sindh area and Pakistan. With IDEALS involved in reconstructive work Sri Lanka after 2004 tsunami. Worked extensively both clinically and assisting in reconstructive work in NWFP following October 1995 earthquake.
2000 Appointed Consultant Advisor in Traumatic and Orthopaedic Surgery & Appointed Senior Lecturer and Deputy Director of Leonard Cheshire Centre for Conflict Recovery, Department of Academic Surgery, University College.
Appointed Hunterian Professor Royal College of Surgeons of England 2003.
Awarded Diploma in the Medical Care of Catastrophes (DMCC) 2002.
Advanced Trauma Life Support Certificate with distinction and invited to train to become a national instructor.
Chairman of “Besafe” a UK Charity that is working in schools, youth clubs and prisons to instruct youngsters of the effects of knives and firearms.
He is married with three children and seven grand-children.