Thanksgiving Service for John Wickham

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Date(s) - 25/04/2018
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm


John Wickham is widely regarded as the Father of minimally invasive and robotic surgery. Sadly he passed away just before his 90th Birthday on October 26th 2017. A thanksgiving service is being held in memory of his distinguished life on Wednesday 25th April. The venue is St. Bartholomew the Great, West Smithfield London ECIA 9DS, at 2pm. The reception will be held in the historic stetting of The Great Hall, St, Bartholomew’s Hospital following the Service. All are welcome.


  • Hugh Whitfield  – John as a consultant
  • Ron Miller – John’s legacy: A new generation of urologists
  • Peter Alken – John and “The Percutaneous Years”
  • Silas Pettersson – John and the European Intra-Renal Society, a lifetime of friendship
  • Andreas Melzer – John’s role in the evolution of modern robotic surgery
  • Roger Kneebone – John as a key figure in surgical history
  • Roger Kirby – Reading from John Woodall and John’s last book “An open and shut case”
  • Tim Philp – Reading from “The Good Samaritan”
  • Stuart Greengrass – Reading from John Betjeman’s poem dedicated to Magister Chirurgiae Wickham

St. Bartholomew’s Hospital has led the provision of healthcare in London for almost 900 years. Founded in 1123 by the monk Rahere to give free medical care to the poor of the City of London, there is no other hospital in the country which can begin to match its record of continuous service on the same site. The Great Hall (see above) is the central jewel in the crown of this magnificent Heritage Site.

Various parts of the building were damaged or destroyed through the centuries until the restoration began in the 19th century, first in the 1860s and then, under Sir Aston Webb, in the 1880s and 90s and on into the 20th century.

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