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Experienced trauma Professor awarded President’s Medal


A distinguished Robert Gordon University (RGU) mental health expert has been honoured by a medical society for his work in the field of trauma.

David AlexanderProfessor David Alexander, Emeritus Professor of Mental Health at RGU, was presented with the Aberdeen Medico-Chirurgical Society President’s Medal earlier this month.

This is the third year that the Society has awarded a President’s Medal, which recognises the career achievements of doctors who have promoted excellence on a national or international stage.

Over the past 30 years, Professor Alexander has worked all over the world in the area of management, planning and training for psychological trauma, associated with natural disasters, accidents and acts of human malice.

In addition to his current position with RGU and his former role as Professor of Mental Health at the University of Aberdeen, he has taught at the Scottish Police College, the UK Home Office, the FBI Academy at Quantico and the Russian School of Militia.

Professor Alexander is currently one of three Principle Advisors to Police services across the UK for serious incidents, including hostage taking and terrorism.

Over his career, he has been recognised for his work as part of major incidents, such as leading the psychiatric response to the Piper Alpha disaster in 1988.

He would then receive a Humanitarian Award from the Scottish Government, along with his colleague Professor Susan Klein, for their work after the Pakistan Earthquake of 2005.

Speaking on his latest honour, Professor Alexander said: “I am very grateful to the Society for awarding me with the President’s Medal.

“There is always something particularly special about receiving recognition from one’s ‘ain folk’ and it means a great deal to me.”

Dr Karen Foster, President of the Aberdeen Medico-Chirurgical Society, said: “This year, the Council overwhelmingly voted to award Professor David Alexander the President’s Medal in recognition of his local, national and international excellence in the area of psychological and psychiatric aspects of trauma.”

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