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Tim Mitchell elected as next President of the Royal College of Surgeons of England

13 Feb 2023

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We are delighted to announce that Tim Mitchell has been elected as our next President. Tim will take office in July 2023. The College’s current President, Professor Neil Mortensen, will step down in July following a successful three-year term. 

Professor Fiona Myint will become Senior Vice President in July and we will look to appoint two further Vice Presidents over the coming months.   

Tim is an ENT surgeon from Southampton as well as Senior Vice President of the College. As Vice President, he has led the College’s work on the implementation of the Kennedy review recommendations, membership and regional engagement and learning.  

Commenting on his appointment, President-elect Tim Mitchell said:  

“It is a huge honour to have been elected as the next President of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. It has been a great privilege to work with my fellow Vice Presidents and Council colleagues to support our current President, Professor Neil Mortensen, who has shown outstanding leadership through the difficult times of the pandemic and the beginnings of elective recovery.  

As a College, we will continue to work together to create an atmosphere of inclusion and belonging that our members want and deserve, to support all our members in delivering the best possible surgical care and to provide the leadership that will be needed through the challenging times that lie ahead over the coming months and indeed years.” 

Professor Neil Mortensen, current President of RCS England, said:  

“Congratulations to Tim on his election as the next President of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. I know he will be a great asset to the College’s mission of enabling our members, in all their diversity, to deliver excellence in everything they do. He has been an exemplary VP, sharing with and supporting me in the many challenges we have faced during the pandemic. 

While there is much work to be done at this difficult time for our patients and the profession, I am confident that the College will continue to grow and change for the better, leading the way and championing excellent surgical care under Tim’s leadership.” 

Tim was appointed as Consultant Otolaryngologist in Southampton in 2000 and has a subspecialty interest in cochlear and other auditory implants with the University of Southampton Auditory Implant Service. He studied medicine at Brasenose College, Oxford before training in otolaryngology in Oxford, London, Cambridge and Sydney. He was awarded the inaugural Graham Fraser Memorial Fellowship to work with Professor William Gibson in the field of cochlear implantation. He has been an RCS England Regional Specialty Professional Advisor, member of the Council of ENT UK, Vice Chair of the Clinical Reference Group for Specialised Ear Services and a member of the Specialist Advisory Committees for Otolaryngology and Audiovestibular Medicine. He has been an MRCS examiner since 2004 and was Chair of the Court of Examiners from 2014 to 2017. He was elected to Council in 2017. He is a trustee of ENT UK and an honorary member of the Medical Women’s Federation. He was appointed Vice President in 2020. 

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