Press Releases 2016

Consultant Surgeon Recognised Worldwide for his Expertise in Liver surgery Receives Honorary Doctorate


A consultant surgeon who established a liver surgery unit at Basingstoke which is recognised worldwide for its expertise, has received an honorary doctorate from University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

Carmarthen-born Mr Myrddin Rees, has held the post of Hepatobiliary Director, and a Consultant Hepatobiliary Surgeon at Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust's Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital since 1986.

Presenting the award to Mr Rees, Gwilym Dyfri Jones, UWTSD Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor said: “Today this university is honoured to bestow an Honorary Doctorate on a true and unassuming gentleman, a true and trailblazing pioneer, a true son of Carmarthenshire.”

Receiving the award, Mr Rees said: “For a boy brought up down the road in Drefach, it’s not bad is it? It is a great honour that you have bestowed on me and I am so, so proud. I would like to share a few words of wisdom for our graduates. My first message to you is to grab your opportunities when they come along because they might not come along again. My second piece of advice is that life can get tough but dig deeper as things will inevitably improve and you will achieve success.”

Mr Rees is a past President of AUGIS (Association of Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeons) serving from 2006-2008. Since 1995 Mr Rees has led the ARK fundraising appeal. His relentless passion and determination drove the realisation of this £5 million Centre, which houses the Pelican Cancer Foundation. The Foundation is dedicated to curing and improving quality of life for patients with pelvic area and secondary liver cancer through supporting clinical research and advancing precision surgery and treatment.

Mr Rees sits on the Pelican Research Panel and leads the Liver Research Office which is situated within Pelican.  Over the last 5 years there have been a number of important research papers from this group. 

Mr Rees specialises in Colorectal Gastroenterology and Vascular surgery. The former Gwendraeth Valley Grammar School pupil, qualified from Westminster Medical School, London in 1973.  He underwent his surgical training at St George’s Hospital, London.  In 1980 he spent two years as Research and Clinical Fellow at the Oschner Clinic New Orleans.

Whilst at Basingstoke as a consultant surgeon in 1987, he performed his first liver resection, in what has become one of the largest series of colorectal liver metastases in the world.

Mr Rees has a particular interest in hepatic anatomy relevant to surgeons, use of video in surgical teaching and evolving techniques for expanding the indications for resection of hepatic malignancy.  He has written papers and lectured worldwide on these topics. He is a regular reviewer for several medical publications.

He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, A Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh ad hominem, a Member of the International HPB Association, past-President of the Association of Upper GI Surgeons and past-President of the Royal Society of Medicine Section of Surgery.