Rodney Croft, January 2008

Rodney Croft, MA, MB, MChir, FRCS, FACS

General and Vascular Surgeon, London, England

Keith B. Taylor Global Scholars Program Keynote Speaker – January 19, 2008


Mr. Rodney Croft is an eminent general and vascular surgeon in London, England. He was educated at Selwyn College in Cambridge and the Middlesex Hospital Medical School. In 1968 he was qualified as a doctor. Mr. Croft obtained a Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 1972 and was made a liveryman of The Worshipful Society of Apothecaries of London in 1980. Two years later, he was awarded his Master of Surgery degree at Cambridge University and became a freeman of the City of London and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Mr. Croft’s association with St. George’s University School of Medicine began in 1980 when he started teaching students at the North Middlesex University Hospital. Beginning in 1986, he served as the Director of Medical Education for 15 years. He also held the posts of Professor of Surgery and Chairman of the UK Surgical Faculty before his 2003 appointment as St. George’s University’s Dean of Clinical Studies, UK.

He served as Clinical Sub-Dean at The Royal Free Hospital Medical School, now the Royal Free University College Medical School, for 13 years, and was appointed Honorary Senior Lecturer in Surgery at London University in 1994. As the UK’s Principal Expert on cardiovascular implants since 1993, Mr. Croft has been involved with writing major standards for cardiovascular implants, representing the British Standards Institute from 1986 and later, the European Standards Organisation, CEN and the International Standardization Organisation (ISO).

Dean Croft has also published many scientific articles on general and vascular surgical topics and he is a fellow of a number of professional societies. He was commissioned as a Captain in the Royal Army Medical Corps TAVR attached to C Squadron 21 SAS (1972-1974) and thereafter as Surgeon Lieutenant Commander Royal Naval Reserve (1974-1983).

Our speaker has traveled widely. He lives on the outskirts of London and is married with three grown children. His recreational activities include travel and rowing. He is a keen clarinetist and saxophonist and enjoys classical, choral and jazz music.