Surgeon honoured for inspiring work

Dr Jenny Robson has been awarded the Hunter Doig Medal. Picture: contributed
Dr Jenny Robson has been awarded the Hunter Doig Medal. Picture: contributed
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Edinburgh surgeon Dr Jenny Robson has been recognised for her outstanding contributions to education, training and research.

Born and brought up in Sunbury-on-Thames in Surrey, Dr Robson came to the Capital in 1996 to study medicine at Edinburgh University.

After graduating in 2002, she spent a year working as a house officer at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, then went back down south to Northwick Park Hospital, London, where she worked in intensive care, and the Royal London Hospital, where she was in A&E.

She came back to Edinburgh to continue her surgical training programme at the ERI and the Sick Kids hospital from 2004-6, before doing a PhD on magnetic resonance imaging of cardiovascular disease, which she completed in 2010.

Dr Robson returned to her surgical training, working at the ERI in general surgery, followed by six months at Forth Valley Hospital, then a year doing cardiac surgery at the ERI.

For the past 18 months she has been working in vascular surgery at the ERI, which she combines with a role as clinical lecturer at Edinburgh University.

She has played a key part in developing an innovative distance learning programme for surgeons, the award-winning Edinburgh Surgical Sciences Qualification (ESSQ).

The collaboration between Edinburgh University and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) began in 2007 and is now used all over the world. It has also led to a range of other specialist qualifications.

She worked on the project with the university’s professor of clinical surgery, James Garden, and a team which also included her husband, Dr Andrew Robson.

The pair, who live in Craiglockhart, met when they were in their first jobs at the ERI. They married in 2012 and are expecting their first child imminently.

In February, the ESSQ team were at Buckingham Palace to receive a Queen’s Medal in recognition of their achievements.

Dr Robson, 36, was named Teacher of the Year by Edinburgh University.

And now she has been awarded the Hunter Doig Medal by the RCSEd for inspiring and motivating women to pursue a surgical career.

Professor Garden said: “Dr Robson has made outstanding contributions to education, training and research. The number of training initiatives with which she has been involved is astounding.

“She has shown an innovative approach to delivering teaching and training to foundation doctors and final year medical students.

“Dr Robson is an excellent role model and mentor to undergraduates, current trainees in surgery, and specifically, those women who wish to pursue a career in surgery.”