Professor George Youngson CBE

George Youngson graduated from Aberdeen University Medical School in 1973.  After research and training in a number of centres and countries (Aberdeen, Inverness, Uppsala Sweden, London Ontario, Hospital for Sick Children Toronto, Canada) , he was appointed a Consultant General Surgeon in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary in 1984 and Consultant Paediatric Surgeon at Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital in 1988.  He was awarded a personal chair in paediatric surgery by Aberdeen University in 1999 and appointed as Emeritus Professor in the University of Aberdeen in 2010. He was made Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to Child Health in Scotland in June 2009.


He was previously Council member and Vice-President of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, and was co-convener of the colleges’ Safer Operative Surgery Course and Non-Technical Skills (NOTSS) Master Classes.


Previous appointments include Chairman of the Intercollegiate Specialty Examination Board in Paediatric Surgery UK, and member of Specialist Advisory Committees in General Surgery and Paediatric Surgery.  His major interests are in surgical education, research into human factors related to surgical performance, and service configuration for children’s specialist care.  He was the inaugural co-chairman of the Managed Service Network for Children and Young People with Cancer in Scotland. He was a trustee of the Archie Foundation in Aberdeen and is currently a trustee and director of KidsOR a Scottish-based charity responsible for installing and developing paediatric operating theatres throughout Africa and other low-resource countries including Ecuador, Peru, and Afghanistan.


George has three children and eight grandchildren spread across the globe (New York, New Zealand, and London England). His interests are in most sports having previously played rugby, squash, golf and ice hockey. Maintaining fitness of any sort is now a major ongoing challenge!


“I’m delighted to be joining the Archie Foundation as a patron. It almost completes the circle,- having been a paediatric surgeon in Aberdeen since 1984 and being integrally involved in the establishment of the Archie Foundation and the subsequent design and opening of the Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital in 2004. Being involved in the Baird Family Hospital and the new neonatal unit is a natural continuation of past endeavours.”