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Louis Lillywhite


Louis Lillywhite retired as surgeon general of the UK Armed Forces in 2010. His 42-year career in the Army included medical appointments as a consultant occupational physician; operational deployments; and command and staff appointments in the Ministry of Defence and in various army and NATO Headquarters.  Much of his early career was with parachute forces ending with command of the parachute Field Ambulance.  He was Commander Medical 1st (UK) Armoured Division during the first Gulf War; led on two reviews of the operational medical services; and undertook the review which led to the amalgamation of the three Services medical training.  As Surgeon General he oversaw the enhancement of the medical services in response to the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Since leaving the Armed Forces he has worked at the Centre on Global Health Security at Chatham House as a Senior Research Fellow where he leads on work on health and conflict . Gen (rtd) Lillywhite is the recipient of an MBE (1985), CB (2009), OStJ (2006), CStJA (2016), Honorary FRCP (Glasg), Honorary FRCGP), and USA Office of the Secretary of State for Defense Award for Exceptional Public Service.

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