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Professor Surgeon Captain Mark Midwinter

Professor Surgeon Captain Mark Midwinter

Defence Professor of Surgery

Royal Navy and Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham

Theme Lead

Acute response to injury


Managing blast injuries
Post-injury catabolic state leads to delayed mental and physical recovery


BMedSci (Hons)
Dip App Stats MD FRCS (Glas)
FRCS (Eng)
FRCS(Gen) Royal Navy

Current work

Professor Mark Midwinter is a general surgeon with an interest in trauma and upper GI surgery. He holds the rank of surgeon captain in the Royal Navy and is a member of the Commando Forward Surgical Group supporting the Royal Marines.

He holds the posts of Defence Professor of Surgery from the Royal College of Surgeons of England and Honorary Professor at the School of Medicine, University of Swansea.

He is responsible for research, development, and academic surgery for the three services and across all surgical disciplines. His main interests currently are in the assessment and mitigation of the acute coagulopathyCoagulopathy is a condition in which blood clotting is impaired. This can lead to excessive bleeding. of trauma, tailoring of resuscitation goals with measure of tissue oxygenation (StO2) using NIRS, and optimising wound management.

Professor Midwinter works across the deployed environment, UHB, RCDM and DSTL Porton Down. He is the joint theme lead for acute care in the NIHR Surgical Reconstruction and Microbiology Research Centre in Birmingham and Visiting Professor at the US Army Institute of Surgical Research in San Antonio, Texas, co-supervising two UK military research fellows reading for higher degrees there.


Professor Midwinter graduated from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 1984. His areas of interest include general surgery, emergency and trauma surgery.

Professor Surgeon Captain Mark Midwinter’s publications