A doctor from Norway has been promoted to head the Royal College of Surgeons in the capital London, the Mirror reports.
Dr Robert Jørgensen is the highest-ranking Norwegian surgeon in the country, and is also a director of the Norwegian Institute of Forensic Medicine.
In addition, he is the chief of the British Medical Association.
His promotion is a significant one for Norway’s medical profession, which has been beset by a series of scandals.
Dr Jørgen Andersen has already been sacked from his position as chief of orthopaedics at the Royal Liverpool College after the revelations that he was aware of paedophile activity at the institution.
But his appointment to the prestigious post has been controversial.
He has been under investigation for allegedly misusing medical resources for personal gain.
The BBC reports that Dr Jorgensen has been the subject of criticism from the medical fraternity, including from the Royal Medical Society, which called on the doctor to resign.
He said he was “confident” of his ability to work as an independent surgeon.
“It’s not a job I’m ready to leave.
I’ve been doing it for a long time and I can still do it,” he told the BBC.
Dr Jørbens previous role was at King Alfred Hospital in Denmark, where he was the chief orthopacic surgeon.
Earlier this year, the Medical Research Council in the US recommended that doctors should not be allowed to practice if they had “inherent conflicts of interest”.
Dr Andersen, who is currently working as a lecturer at the University of Oxford, said he expected to be offered a post in the Royal National Institute for the Blind in the future.
“I am grateful to the Royal Norwegian Medical Association for their support,” he said.
(Image credit: Royal Norwegian Institute)Dr Andersen was born in Gothenburg in 1954.
He earned his medical degree from the University, where his father worked in a pharmaceutical company.
He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2003 for his work on the disease of Alzheimer’s disease.
Since retiring in 2005, he has become a professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.