War zone trauma surgeon to deliver University lecture

A conflict surgeon who has risked his life in some of the world’s most dangerous conflicts is to deliver this year’s Cockcroft Rutherford Lecture at The University of Manchester on 31 May.

David Nott OBE, will speak to alumni of the University at the sell-out event which will also be streamed live on the University’s Facebook page.

The surgeon, who won the 2015 University of Manchester outstanding alumnus award, has operated under torchlight as battles raged around him.

For the past 23 years David has taken unpaid leave each year to work for the aid agencies Médecins Sans Frontières, the International Committee of the Red Cross and Syria Relief.

He has worked in Bosnia, Afghanistan, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Chad, Darfur, Yemen, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Iraq, Pakistan, Libya, Syria, Central African Republic, Gaza and Nepal.

When Islamic State fanatics burst into his theatre in Syria he bravely refused to stop operating and leave the hospital, vowing to carry on operating on a little girl even if it ended in his own death.

Previous Cockcroft Rutherford lecturers include Professor Brian Cox OBE, Professor Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer for England and Chief Medical Advisor to the UK government, and Professor Danielle George MBE

As well as treating victims of conflict and catastrophe and raising hundreds of thousands of pounds for charitable causes, David teaches advanced surgical skills to local medics and surgeons when he is abroad.

In 2015 he established the David Nott Foundation with his wife Elly. The Foundation supports surgeons to develop operating skills in warzones and austere environments.

The Cockcroft Rutherford Lecture with David Nott OBE is on Thursday, 31 May 2018. It is in Theatre B, University Place and starts at 6pm prompt. The event is sold out, but will be streamed live on Facebook

The annual Cockcroft Rutherford Lecture is the flagship event for alumni and friends of The University of Manchester. At Manchester, we have the largest global alumni community of any-campus based university in the UK, and we are in contact with over 380,000 graduates.

Over 7,000 of these graduates across the globe give up their time to benefit students and their local communities as part of our alumni volunteering programme – one of the largest in the UK. Alumni can find out more about volunteering at https://your.manchester.ac.uk/get-involved/volunteer/

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