Dr Dickson has retired as a consultant orthopaedic spinal surgeon at the St. James University Hospital and Leeds General Infirmary in Leeds, England.
Dr Dickson was born in London on 13th April 1943. He qualified MBChB from Edinburgh University Medical School in 1967 and his post-graduate training included four years at Hammersmith Hospital, London and four years at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre/Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford. After a sabbatical year in the spinal surgery centre in Louisville, Kentucky, he was appointed Reader in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Oxford in 1976. In 1981 he was appointed Foundation Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Leeds. With a particular interest in scoliosis, complex spinal problems and anterior spinal surgery, he developed a level 1 regional spinal surgery service for Yorkshire which has an international reputation.
His research into spinal deformities and in particular the etiology and natural history of idiopathic scoliosis, has been a main strand of investigation and has resulted in more than a hundred peer-review publications and three textbooks. Another important strand of research has been the cause of paralysis in thoacolumbar spinal injuries.
His research output has led to many awards and prizes including a Doctor of Science degree from the University of Edinburgh.
He was recently Dean of the Faculty of Medicine in Leeds for a three year period and four years ago was appointed to the General Medical Council for the Universities of Leeds and Newcastle. He is on the Board of many orthopaedic and spinal journals and is the Editor-in-Chief of Current Orthopaedics.