Professor Ralph William Gilbert presented his Semon Lecture on the 3rd of November 2017 at the Royal Society of Medicine. His lecture focused on four main head and neck reconstructions and looked at how each of them affected a patient’s life and what innovations could be used in the future to solve or streamline any current problems to make the outcomes better for patients.
Ralph Gilbert was born in Toronto and carried out all of his training there, although also spent some time in Sweden on a post residency fellowship. Lots of his career has been spent doing research into outcomes and function of head and neck reconstruction and as a result was made co-chair of the Head and Neck Group at the NCIC Clinical Trials Group. Gilbert has also lectured and taught both nationally and internationally, including as a member of the International Federation of Head and Neck Oncologic Societies World Tour.