Surgeon Rear Admiral Lionel Jarvis, CBE,
As Patron of the St John Ophthalmic Association and as Prior of England and the Islands of the Order of St John, and also as a physician myself, I am very honoured and delighted to give a short opening address at this London 2019 Neuro-Orbital symposium as part of the MasterClass Series of the St John Ophthalmic Association.
St John has over many centuries had a reputation for upholding the very highest standards of healthcare. From our early days in Jerusalem, nursing our patients in the Holy Land, through wars of the Middle Ages and our activities in Rhodes and in Malta, and through the battlefields of Europe in the twentieth century we have continued to strive for excellence in the very best that we do.
What the St John Ophthalmic Association is doing now, in the twenty first century, is representative of that excellence in medicine, ensuring that we continue to develop the very best in academia, in education, and in research to ensure that our healthcare lives up the very highest standards in what we do across the world.
Bringing together specialists in ophthalmic surgery and ophthalmology from around the world has been a great inspiration, and attribute to all those who have led this work. This is entirely commensurate with the work that we do across the world, in the forty one establishments of St John where we are now building a modern clinical cooperation group that allows our work to continue to build upon the excellence of the past, where we know that delivering evidence-based medicine will ensure that our standards are retained at that very highest level for that we which we aspire for our communities around the world.
This work of the St John Ophthalmic Association is an exemplar of that extraordinary ability to deliver the very best, and I know and am confident that this will be the first of many successful, inspirational symposia that will be launched across the world.
Thank you All for contributing, and for what you do.
Bio: Surgeon Rear Admiral Lionel John Jarvis, CBE, KStJ, FRCR, DL is a British consultant radiologist. He was previously the Surgeon General of the Royal Navy and the Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff for Health. He served as the Royal Navy's Chief Medical Officer and Medical Director General (Naval) until April 2012. He was appointed as an Honorary Surgeon to the Queen (QHS) in 2006. He is currently the Prior of England and the Islands of the Order of Saint John, is the Chair of St John Ambulance, and Patron of the St John Ophthalmic Association.
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