Steering group members

Shehan Hettiaratchy

Born and raised in Hampshire, Shehan (also known as ‘H’) graduated from Oxford University in 1994 with prizes in surgery and medicine and a blue in boxing. He trained in surgery in London, Birmingham, Australia and the US.  His specialist interest is trauma and complex limb reconstruction and he has been a consultant at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust since 2009. He completed a SSLC with the Parachute Regiment and has been a reservist for over 20 years. He spent four years as a Senior Lecturer at the Academic Department of Military Surgery and Trauma, RCDM and was deployed as a military plastic surgeon to Birmingham (2009, 2010) and on Operation Herrick 10 and 13.

He developed the Veterans Trauma Network together with Richard Swarbrick to provide a NHS physical healthcare pathway for veterans.  He assumed the role of Chair of NHS England’s Clinical Reference Group for the Armed Forces in May 2020 and National Specialty Adviser, Armed Forces Health in 2022.

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