Mr. Rodney Croft Assumes Role of UK Dean

Mr Rodney Croft Portrait“I am greatly honored and privileged to have been asked by the Executive Dean Dr Stephen Ayres and by the Chancellor Dr Charles Modica to become Dean of Clinical Studies UK, a post which I am very pleased to accept. I accepted in the firm and comfortable knowledge that Peter’s legacy has greatly strengthened the UK Clinical Faculty, a legacy which I and all the members of the UK Executive Committee are equally determined to maintain and further build upon.

I wish to thank all the members of the UK Executive Committee and other senior Faculty members of the Medical School and University for their quite overwhelming and spontaneous expression of support and good wishes for the future. A future about which I am very sanguine, as I know with your support, it will be both successful and productive. Our ties with our colleagues in both the Caribbean and the USA are strong and I know I speak for you all when I say we very much intend to continue to strengthen them further.”

The University community has welcomed Rodney Croft, who has been associated with the University since 1980, to the leadership role in the UK.

Rodney Croft has had a distinguished career in Surgery and Undergraduate medical education. He gained his medical degree at Selwyn College Cambridge and The Middlesex Hospital Medical School in London and whilst at Cambridge was the President of the Cambridge University Medical Society. As a Consultant General and Vascular Surgeon for the past twenty five years at The North Middlesex University Hospital in London, he has for this time been very much involved in teaching St. George’s medical students and has been a Clerkship Director, Director of Medical Education and latterly UK Chairman of the Department of Surgery. He has also served on the SOM Executive Committee, Clinical Division Executive Committee and the Clinical Division Curriculum Committee.

His knowledge of UK Undergraduate medical education is also extensive, having been Clinical Sub-Dean at the Royal Free Medical School in London for thirteen years and during this time was a member of The Royal Free Medical School’s Council for nine years. He has served on numerous committees involved with undergraduate medical education over many years. He is the UK Principal Expert for Cardiovascular Implants and represents the UK on National (BSI), European (CEN), and International (ISO), Committees, writing Standards for Cardiovascular Implants. Last year, he was appointed National Expert for the Clinical Investigation of Cardiovascular Devices by the UK Medicines and Health Care Products Regulatory Agency at the Department of Health. He has published over forty works on general and vascular surgical topics and continues to publish.

He is a Freeman of the City of London, a Fellow of The Royal College of Surgeons of England, The Royal Society of Medicine and The American College of Surgeons. He served in the Royal Naval Reserve for ten years and his recreations include music, classical, choral and jazz, and also rowing. He is married with three grown up children.

Rodney Croft plans to continue to strengthen the UK programme as more students take advantage of clinical training experience in the UK, which reached record levels last year. He intends to lead an active public affairs campaign to emphasise, to the Department of Health and the General Medical Council, the contribution that the University can make towards alleviating the current shortage of doctors in the National Health Service.
Read Mr. Croft’s article on the history of the appellation.

Published on 01/05/2004