A SENIOR radiologist has been appointed a medical director of St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

The Trust announced today [17th January] that Dr Derek Dundas, 53, is the new medical director with responsibility for children’s and women’s services as well as the hospital’s diagnostic units and intensive care wards.

Working closely with the hospital’s two other medical directors, Dr Dundas will also take charge of patient confidentiality issues and the rollout of technology projects associated with the national NHS IT programme, Connecting for Health.

He succeeds Dr Patricia Hamilton, an expert in neonatal care, who steps down as medical director after one and a half years to become the first female President of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.

The Trust’s Chief Executive, Peter Homa, said:

“I am delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Derek Dundas as medical director.

“Derek has been our Clinical Director for Professional and Scientific Services for the last five years and before that, our lead clinician for radiology.

“Although we are sorry to lose Dr Hamilton as medical director, she will continue to play an important and influential role in the running of our clinical services.”

Dr Dundas is Chairman of the George Cordiner Radiological Trust and a member of the Service Review Committee of the Royal College of Radiologists.

He trained as a radiologist at St George’s Hospital in the late 1970s.