Derek Alderson is an emeritus Professor of Surgery at the University of Birmingham. He was Professor of Surgery at the University of Bristol from 1997-2005 before becoming the Barling Professor of Surgery and Head of Department in Birmingham, a post he held until October 2015. A former President of the Association of Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland, his main clinical interest is in oesophago-gastric cancer surgery. He has a long association with the British Journal of Surgery. He was Editor in Chief from 2010 to 2016 and is now the Editor in Chief of BJS Open. In 2017 he was elected President of the Royal College of Surgeons of England.