|Surgeon Rear Admiral
Surgeon Rear Admiral. Jarvis at a charity event
|Years of service||1977 -|
|Awards||Commander of the Order of the British Empire|
Surgeon Rear Admiral Lionel John Jarvis, CBE, QHS, is the Surgeon General of the Royal Navy and the Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff for Health. He served as the Royal Navy's Chief Medical Officer and Medical Director General (Naval) until April 2012. He is also an Honorary Surgeon to the Queen (QHS).
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He served originally at the Royal Naval Hospitals of Plymouth and Haslar. He went on to serve at HMS Cochrane and on-board the ships HMS Jupiter, HMS Ambuscade, HMS Berwick, RFA Argus and HMS Amazon.
By 1982, he had qualified as a specialist in General Medicine, and became General Physician at RNH Gibraltar until 1984. Jarvis' career changed again by 1990, when he accredited as a Consultant Radiologist and moved, upon promotion to Surgeon Commander, back to RNH Haslar. Based back in the United Kingdom, Jarvis has been able to co-author a number of publications relating to the effects of climate change on the medical world, which he is passionate about.
During his tenure at Haslar, Lionel Jarvis was the Defence Consultant Advisor in Radiology and he won the Erroll-Eldridge Prize for developing the Defence Magnetic Resonance Imaging in 1998.He was promoted to Surgeon Rear Admiral in June 2008 and furthermore became the Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff for Health. He also subsequently become the Chief Naval Medical Officer and the Medical Director General (Navy), posts he vacated in April 2012.
Rear Admiral L.J. Jarvis ceased to be the Royal Navy's Chief Medical Officer and Naval Medical Director General effective from 18 April 2012. He was succeeded in post by Surgeon Commodore C. J. G McArthur, who shall be promoted to Surgeon Rear Admiral in October 2012 on appointment as Commander Joint Medical Command, the MOD organisation tasked with HM Armed Forces' health based at Defence Medical Services, Whittington. 
Jarvis is married to Dr Penelope Gordon, who is also a consultant radiologist. They have four children.
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- Climate Change, Ill Health and Conflict - British Medical Journal Article
- TomNelson Blog
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- Daily Telegraph 'Senior Royal Navy Appointment'; Monday, 30 April 2012
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- New Year Honours List 2012: full list, Telegraph.co.uk