Professor James Ryan


Jim Ryan was the first Leonard Cheshire Professor in Conflict Recovery at the Department of Surgery, University College London, serving in that capacity from 1995 until 2007. He was also visiting professor in trauma care and honorary consultant in emergency medicine at University College London Hospitals. In 2002 he was appointed International Professor of Surgery at the United Services University for the Health Sciences in Maryland, USA.

In 2007 he was further appointed Emeritus Professor to the newly established Centre for Trauma, Conflict and Catastrophe Medicine at St George’s University of London (SGUL). He is tasked with advising on the establishment and evolution of the new Centre at SGUL.

Prior to coming to UCL in 1994, Professor Ryan was Joint Professor of Military Surgery at the Royal Army Medical College, London and the Royal College of Surgeons of England. His war and disaster medical experience covers military and humanitarian operations in Northern Ireland, Cyprus, The Falkland Islands, Nepal, the Balkans, the Caucasus, the Middle East and Central Asia. He recently retired from the Territorial Army (Army Reserves) where he served as a member of the Hospex Training Faculty based at HQ AMS TA in York.

He was also convenor for the ‘Diploma of the medical care in catastrophes‘ at the Society of Apothecaries in London. He is the immediate past President of the Conflict and Catastrophe Faculty at the Society and a past President of the Catastrophe and Conflict Forum at the RSM.

He was awarded the OBE for services to military and humanitarian medicine in 2011

His interests are in the fields of ballistic injury, terrorist injury, and military and conflict medicine.