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MHRA appointment

Bariatric surgeon is new medical director at UK agency

Ex-ALSGBI president appointed to agency responsibly for device safety in UK
Mr Rhodes will join a team responsible for medical device safety in the UK.

Prominent bariatric surgeon Michael Rhodes has been appointed as the new medical director of devices for the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), the government agency responsible for overseeing the efficacy and safety of medicines and devices in the UK.

Rhodes was the president of the Association of Laparoscopic Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland from 2009, and he has sat on the National Institute of Clinical Excellence’s Interventional Procedures Advisory Committee for the last four years.

Rhodes will be replacing Dr Susanna Ludgate in the role, and will work to ensure that medical devices are fit for purpose. Where appropriate, he will also issue safety alerts for devices already on the market.

“I am delighted to be taking this role at a time of great change for the Agency and looking forward to building relationships with the royal colleges and professional bodies as well as expanding the academic endeavours started by Dr Susanne Ludgate,” said Rhodes.

Rhodes trained at Oxford and Cambridge, completing his surgical training in Newcastle, Bristol, and Cardiff. He has worked in Germany, America and Australia.

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