Prof. Roger Greenhalgh is a vascular surgeon from London, U.K. He is recognized internationally for his major contributions to education, training, and research in vascular surgery. He is emeritus professor of surgery at the Imperial College in London and head of its Vascular Surgery Research Group.
Professor Greenhalgh was educated at Cambridge University and at St. Thomas Hospital in London. He spent a year in the U.S. in Boston, MA, and Denver, CO. He has served as department head, and later as dean, of Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School, London. He played critical roles in the formation and governance of the European Board of Surgery, and the European Board of Vascular Surgery, as well as the European Society for Vascular Surgery and the Journal of Vascular Surgery. He championed the new pathway for vascular surgery training in the U.K. and started the Charing Cross Symposium, one of the best-attended vascular symposia in the world, which this year celebrated its 40th anniversary. He has received 30 international honorary memberships, prizes, and awards, and, most recently, an International Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for Vascular Surgery. He has published more than 400 manuscripts and books.
Professor Greenhalgh’s most significant contributions were in promoting level one evidence in vascular surgery practice. He led more than a dozen trials, many of these in prospective randomized studies, in the field of aneurysm management. The U.K. Small Aneurysm Trial, EVAR [endovascular aneurysm repair]1, EVAR2, and IMPROVE [Immediate Management of the Patient with Rupture: Open Versus Endovascular repair] have shaped our understanding of the natural history and treatment options for aortic aneurysms and form the basis of many societal practice guidelines.
Professor Greenhalgh is a distinguished surgeon, educator, scientist, friend, and colleague. He has been the mentor and inspiration for a whole generation of vascular leaders in Europe and richly deserves honorary fellowship in our American College of Surgeons. The U.S. vascular community extends its congratulations to Dr. Greenhalgh, his wife Karin, and his children, Stephen and Christina, for this singular honor.