Surgeon-General (United Kingdom)

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Surgeon-General of the British Armed Forces
Alasdair Walker

since 2015
Defence Medical Services
Inaugural holder Nigel Mills
Formation 1990
Website Defence Medical Services

The Surgeon-General (SG) is the senior medical officer of the British Armed Forces; the post is held by the senior of the three individual service medical directors.

The Surgeon General is the Defence Authority for Healthcare within the Defence Medical Services Department which is the headquarters for the Defence Medical Services. It is a joint service organisation with personnel from all three services and Ministry of Defence civil servants working together to ensure “provision of strategic direction to the Defence Medical Services to ensure coherent delivery of all medical outputs".[citation needed]

As of December 2015 the Surgeon-General was Alasdair Walker, a naval officer.[1]

List of Surgeons-General since 1990

Rank Name Post nominals Years in office
Air Marshal Sir Nigel Mills KBE, QHP, FRCGP, FRCP 1990–1991[2]
Lieutenant General Sir Peter Beale KBE, QHP, FRCP 1991–1994[3]
Surgeon Vice Admiral Anthony Revell CB, QHS, FRCS 1994–1997[4]
Air Marshal Sir John Baird KBE, DL, QHS, FRAeS, FRCPE 1997–2000[5]
Lieutenant General Robert Menzies CB, OBE, QHS 2000–2002[6]
Surgeon Vice Admiral Ian Jenkins CB, CVO, CStJ, QHS, FRCS 2002–2006[7]
Lieutenant General Louis Lillywhite CB, MBE, CStJ, QHP, FRCP 2006–2009[8]
Surgeon Vice Admiral Philip Raffaelli CB, CStJ, QHP, FRCP 2009–2012[1]
Air Marshal Paul Evans CB, OStJ, QHP 2012–2015[9]
Surgeon Vice Admiral Alasdair Walker CB, OBE, OStJ, QHS, FRCS 2015 -


  1. ^ a b "Ministry of Defence: Defence Medical Services". Retrieved 2013-04-27. 
  2. ^ ‘MILLS, Air Marshal Sir Nigel (Holroyd)’, Who Was Who, A & C Black, 1920–2008; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2007 Who was Who, accessed 26 April 2011
  3. ^ Letters to the Editor 15 Mar 2007 The Telegraph
  4. ^ Gulf War Illnesses
  5. ^ Winds of Destruction
  6. ^ Lieutenant General RC Menzies (b. 1944) Kilmarnock Academy
  7. ^ Obituary The Telegraph
  8. ^ Louis Lillywhite MOD
  9. ^ Defence Medical Services, Ministry of Defence

External links

  • "The emerging office of the Surgeon General", Lieutenant Colonel Robert L Pearce, Australian Defence Force Health Journal, April 2002
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