Rod Chalmers is one of Scotland’s foremost Vascular Surgeons. He is a Consultant Vascular Surgeon and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Surgery at the Royal Infirmary, and undertakes private practice at the Spire Murrayfield Hospital in Edinburgh.
Rod was educated in Cheshire and Edinburgh, and graduated from Edinburgh Medical School in 1986. He undertook early surgical training in South-East Scotland, and later spent a year as Fellow in Vascular Surgery at the University of Iowa, North America, where he completed research that led to the award of Doctor of Medicine and the Peter B. Samuels Award. He completed a senior registrar rotation and Senior Clinical fellowship at St Mary’s Hospital, London, before taking up his current position in 1998.
He is Director of the Scottish National Service for the treatment of Thoraco-Abdominal Aneurysm Disease, based at the Royal Infirmary. This service receives referrals from across the UK and has gained an international reputation for multidisciplinary work and clinical excellence. In 2008, Mr Chalmers's research won high praise and award at the European Society for Vascular Surgery in Nice.
Besides expertise in aortic surgery, Mr Chalmers has a wealth of experience in treating carotid artery disease and has pioneered the use of regional anaesthesia in carotid artery surgery in Scotland. At the forefront of clinical practice, he has performed many hundreds of lower limb arterial reconstructions for leg ischaemia.
He has extensive experience in the treatment of varicose veins disease using conventional surgery, catheter-based techniques, such as radiofrequency ablation and laser, and injection sclerotherapy.
Rod is married to Clare and has a daughter, Catriona. Away from work he is a keen hillwalker and golfer.