Surgeon Captain Professor R Rickard

Black and white picture of Professor Rory F RickardSurgeon Captain Professor Rory F Rickard OStJ KHS PhD FRCS Royal Navy
Emeritus Professor of Military Surgery and Honorary Consultant Plastic Surgeon

General information:

Professor Rickard conducted his undergraduate medical training in Belfast, joining the Royal Navy in 1989 and serving in the surface fleet and with the Royal Marines. He attained his FRCS (Clinical Surgery in General) in 1999. Specialist training in Reconstructive Plastic Surgery was conducted in Bristol, at the Canniesburn Plastic Surgery Unit in Glasgow, and at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa. As a serving medical officer he has broad experience in clinical delivery and in leadership roles on Operations in the Balkans, Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan, and on the UN Mission in South Sudan.

Professor Rickard was appointed as an Honorary Consultant Plastic Surgeon at Derriford Hospital in 2008 and as the joint Ministry of Defence / Royal College of Surgeons Professor of Military Surgery in 2014. In 2021 he moved into an Emeritus chair and currently serves as Assistant Head (Research) for the Defence Medical Services. He was appointed an Honorary Surgeon to Her Majesty the Queen in 2021 and to His Majesty the King on his accession to the throne.

Areas of expertise:

Clinical interests include the management of soft tissue sarcoma, burns and trauma reconstruction. He also provides a general plastic surgery service. His personal research interests include the cellular and physiological response to trauma and the design of deployed medical systems.

Contact details:

Department of Plastic Surgery

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust

Derriford Hospital



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