Group Captain Jon Kendrew joined the Royal Air Force as a Medical Cadet on 23rd November 1993.
General duties at RAF Leeming and Lyneham were followed by surgical training in Nottingham and Derby, after which he was appointed as a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at the Royal Centre of Defence Medicine in the summer of 2009.
A key clinician in the acute care pathway of the unprecedented number of casualties returning from Afghanistan, Jon quickly gained extensive experience in all echelons of military surgical care. From emergency war surgery on deployed operations at Camp Bastion Hospital to the acute life and limb saving surgery and subsequent delayed reconstruction of blast and gunshot injuries at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, he saw first hand how the severity of injuries increased as the conflict became characterised by the use of ever more powerful improvised explosive devices.
The reconstruction of our wounded warriors continues to this day, and Jon now leads the UK surgical team facilitating ground breaking osseointegration surgery for our veterans.
Jon was appointed as the Royal Air Force Consultant Advisor in Trauma and Orthopaedics in 2017, and Defence Consultant Advisor to the Surgeon General in July 2019. He is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Royal British Legion Centre for Blast Injury Studies at Imperial College London and sits on the CBIS Amputee Studies Advisory Board.
Away from the Royal College of Defence Medicine, Jon is a Clinical Trustee at the Thames Valley Air Ambulance and a parent Governor at his local Grammar School. In his non-clinical time he is a keen mountain biker and sleeps...occasionally!