Professor George Hamilton, the divisional director of surgery and associated services at the Royal Free London, said he was delighted to have been named a Commander of the Victorian Order (CVO) by the Queen in the New Year Honours. 

Professor Hamilton, who is one of the country’s leading vascular surgeons, was appointed surgeon to the Royal Household and then Surgeon to the Queen. In 2010 he was appointed Serjeant Surgeon, a post which dates back to the 13th Century when holder of the position accompanied the King into battle. In modern times this has changed to having role of the senior surgeon to the monarch. Professor Hamilton held this role until last year and he continues to work as vascular surgeon to the Royal Household.

CVO is a title bestowed directly by the Queen in honour of a personal service given to the Royal Household.

Professor Hamilton said: “I am delighted to have been given this honour by the Queen and very honoured to have worked for the Royal Household alongside continuing my work for the NHS at the Royal Free London. Throughout the 15 years I have received fantastic support from all of my colleagues at the Royal Free Hospital.”

He is professor of vascular surgery at the Royal Free London and UCL, and is a leading researcher in vascular surgery. He has also held the posts of President of the Vascular Society of Great Britain and Ireland, President of the European Society of Vascular Surgery and Chair of the Joint Vascular Research Group of Great Britain and Ireland. 


Image: Professor George Hamilton CVO

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About the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

The Royal Free began as a pioneering organisation and continues to play a leading role in the care of patients. Our mission is to provide world class expertise and local care. In the 21st century, the Royal Free London continues to lead improvements in healthcare.

The Royal Free London attracts patients from across the country and beyond to its specialist services in liver and kidney transplantation, haemophilia, renal care, HIV, infectious diseases, plastic surgery, immunology, Parkinson's disease, vascular surgery, cardiology, amyloidosis and scleroderma and we are a member of the academic health science partnership UCLPartners.

In July 2014 Barnet Hospital and Chase Farm Hospital became part of the Royal Free London. Read 'A bigger trust, a better future'.