Qualifications: MD with honours1961; ChM 1967; FRCSEd 1965; FRCSEng 1966; FIBiol 1994; FMedSci 1997; FInst Mech Eng 1998; FRSE 1999
International Society of Surgery/ Société Internationale de Chirurgie, 1993 Prize of the Society for "pioneering work in minimal access surgery".
Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Gold Medal, 1997
Knight Bachelor - Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 1998
Fellow of the Academy of Science, 1998
Gold medal of the Royal Society in 2002.
Queen’s award for higher and continued education, 1999
The Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons outstanding achievement award March 2001
Hon FACS, American College of Surgeons, 2005 for ‘outstanding contributions to the science and practice of surgery’
International Steven Hoogendijl prize ‘for outstanding contributions to Medical technology’ 2012.
Senior Scientific Officer, Institute for Medical Science and Technology,University of Dundee
Professor of Surgery and Medical Technology, Scuola Superior Sant’Anna, Pisa
Professor of Surgery & Chairman of Department, Surgery and Molecular Oncology, University of Dundee 1976-2003
Director Minimal Access Therapy Training Unit for Scotland 1992-2003
Director of Surgical Skills Unit, University of Dundee 1990 - 2003