The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has taken on Michael Rhodes as its new medical director of devices, starting from 8 November 2012.

He replaces Dr Susanne Ludgate, who is retiring in December after 15 years in the post, and 21 years working for the agency.

Rhodes has been a consultant surgeon since 1995 and specialises in weight loss, hernia, gastrointestinal and laparoscopic surgery. He was president of the Association of Laparoscopic Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland from 2009-2011, and he has sat on the NICE’s interventional procedures advisory committee for the last four years.

After completing medical school in Oxford and Cambridge, he finished his surgical training in Newcastle, Bristol, and Cardiff. He also spent time in Germany, America and also worked for a year in Australia, where he was a fellow in laparoscopic surgery.

Rhodes, said: “I am delighted to be taking this role at a time of great change for the Agency and looking forward to building relationships with the royal colleges and professional bodies as well as expanding the academic endeavours started by Dr Susanne Ludgate.”