World renowned Spire Cambridge Lea surgeon Mr Richard Villar releases second book

November 2012

Richard Villar, ex-SAS Surgeon and Orthopaedic Surgeon at Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital has just released his second book. The book provides a gripping first-hand account of Richard’s experience as an emergency medical officer in four different disaster and conflict areas.

The book highlights the dangers and problems of surgery in extreme environments, and provides a moving human account of the hardships of the affected populations.

The fast-paced narrative delivers a very personal insight into the difficulties, dangers and occasional virtual impossibility of providing medical aid to disaster areas and war zones. He shares his remarkable experiences in the aftermath of three major earthquakes – Kashmir (2005), Java (2006) and Haiti (2010) – as well as in the Libyan civil war (2011).

Richard Villar is a world-renowned orthopaedic surgeon based at The Richard Villar Practice in Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital. He has treated many celebrities and international sporting stars and is a surgical team leader for Merlin and the United Kingdom’s disaster response. Guest of the BBC’s Hospital Watch, Richard’s articles have appeared in The Daily Telegraph, The Spectator, The Evening Standard, Reader’s Digest, British Medical Journal and many other publications. Richard has frequently appeared on radio and television, including Radio 4’s Today programme, Radio Five Live, BBC Breakfast, GMTV, CNN, Al Jazeera and BBC World’s HARDtalk. Richard is the author of the widely acclaimed book about his life as an SAS surgeon, Knife Edge: Life as a Special Forces Surgeon. He lectures frequently and globally.

For further information please contact The Richard Villar Practice on 01223 266961 or visit  

Mr Villar in Pakistan

Assessment of Panjkot following the 2005 Pakistan earthquake

Pakistan Earthquake (2006)

Mr Richard Villar

Image of Richard Villar (Libya 2011)

For further information on Richard Villar click here

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