Welsh War Surgeon receives Honorary Doctorate


Welsh war surgeon, Mr David Nott OBE, has today been awarded an Honorary Doctorate (Doctor of Science) from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Carmarthen. 

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David Nott is currently an NHS consultant surgeon in London and works at three London hospitals providing cancer surgery, general surgery, vascular surgery and trauma surgery.  As well as being a busy NHS consultant, his passion is helping people involved in conflict around the world. For the past 24 years he has taken unpaid leave to work for up to 3 months per year in various war zones. His missions have taken him to Bosnia, Afghanistan, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Chad, Darfur, Iraq, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Yemen, Sudan, Libya, Nepal, Haiti, Gaza and Syria. 

More recently, he and his wife Elly have developed a charity called the David Nott Foundation which is an educational foundation which assists surgeons to come to the UK for training by David and his faculty for a week at the Royal College of surgeons of England.

Presenting the award to Mr Nott, Gwilym Dyfri Jones, UWTSD Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor said:

“The whole of Carmarthen rejoices in the achievements of this amazing and totally modest individual; The university is proud of the fact that it has an opportunity today to recognize the courage, determination and perseverance of one of the area's brightest sons, celebrating and appreciating with admiration his fantastic humanitarian work worldwide."


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Mr Nott’s mother, was a nurse who grew up in Trelech and met his father who was an Indo Burmese Doctor at the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport. David, was born in Carmarthen and was looked after in his early life by his grandparents in Trelech. His family, still all live in Carmarthen and the surrounding villages.  On receiving his Honorary Doctorate, Mr David Nott OBE said:

"Being born in Carmarthen this is a great honour for me.  It’s the biggest accolade I’ve ever been given by anybody and it’s from my hometown with my relatives around me.  It’s a shame that my mother and father aren’t here with me.

Being brought up in Trelech and having that Welshness in me – and having the importance of family, love and support instilled in me from an early age – it gave me the inspiration which made me feel one could do something with one’s life.  Although I was very lucky to have qualified as a doctor it wasn’t enough for me.  I’m not sure exactly what happened but I developed a passion in life which made me want to go and help people because I hate to see people suffer.

We all have to take risks in life and I’d say to all those graduates out there – take a risk because you will get the rewards.  I’ve been lucky to have had the opportunity to go out and help people, and I want to continue with that work as the flame in my heart has never gone out to help people.”


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