Surgeon-General (United Kingdom)

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Surgeon-General of the British Armed Forces
Air Marshal Paul Evans

since 2012
Defence Medical Services
Inaugural holder Air Marshal Sir Nigel Mills
Formation 1990
Website Defence Medical Services

The Surgeon-General (SG) is the senior medical officer of the British Armed Forces; the post is held by the senior of the three individual service medical directors.

The Surgeon General is the clinical director of the Defence Medical Services Department which is the headquarters for the Defence Medical Services. It is a joint service organisation with personnel from all three services and Ministry of Defence civil servants working together to ensure “provision of strategic direction to the Defence Medical Services to ensure coherent delivery of all medical outputs".[citation needed]

The current Surgeon-General is Air Marshal Paul Evans.[1]

List of Surgeons-General (1990-present)[edit]

Rank Name Post nominals Years in office
Air marshal Sir Nigel Mills KBE 1990-1991[2]
Lieutenant general Peter Beale KBE FRCP 1991-1994[3]
Vice admiral Anthony Revell CB (1994-1997)[4]
Air marshal John Baird KBE DL FRAeS FRCPE 1997-2000[5]
Lieutenant general Robert Menzies CB OBE 2000-2002[6]
Vice admiral Ian Jenkins CB CVO 2002-2006[7]
Lieutenant general Louis Lillywhite CB MBE 2006-2009[8]
Vice admiral Philip Raffaelli CB 2009-2012[1]
Air marshal Paul Evans OStJ QHP 2012-[9]


  1. ^ a b "Ministry of Defence: Defence Medical Services". Retrieved 2013-04-27. 
  2. ^ ‘MILLS, Air Marshal Sir Nigel (Holroyd)’, Who Was Who, A & C Black, 1920–2008; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2007 Who was Who, accessed 26 April 2011
  3. ^ Letters to the Editor 15 Mar 2007 The Telegraph
  4. ^ Gulf War Illnesses
  5. ^ Winds of Destruction
  6. ^ Lieutenant General RC Menzies (b. 1944) Kilmarnock Academy
  7. ^ Obituary The Telegraph
  8. ^ Louis Lillywhite MOD
  9. ^ Defence Medical Services, Ministry of Defence

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