Rachael Forsythe

Miss Forsythe treats diseases of the arteries and veins and practises in all areas of vascular surgery, with a particular interest in abdominal aortic aneurysm disease, peripheral artery disease and superficial venous disease. She has a keen academic interest and is particularly intrigued by novel imaging techniques to better assess arterial disease.

Rachael Forsythe

Consultant Vascular Surgeon and Honorary Senior Lecturer

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Appointments and Activities

After training in Edinburgh, Bristol and London, Miss Forsythe was appointed as a consultant vascular surgeon in the Edinburgh Vascular Unit in 2022. 

Current Posts and Activities

  • Consultant Vascular Surgeon, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh
  • Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer, University of Edinburgh
  • Associate Editor: BJS/BJS Open
  • E-Tutor, ChM Vascular & Endovascular Surgery
  • Manuscript reviewer:  British Journal of Surgery, European Journal of Vascular & Endovascular Surgery, JAMA Cardiology, Annals of Vascular Surgery, CardioVascular and Interventional Radiology, Diabetes Obesity & Metabolism
  • Co-supervisor for PhD student at University of Edinburgh - active research grant: British Heart Foundation Project Grant

 Past Posts and Activities

  • B Braun / RCSEd Travelling Fellowship to Houston Methodist 2022
  • Mini fellowship in advanced endovascular limb salvage, Leicester 2021
  • Speciality training in vascular surgery, Scotland 2017-2022
  • PhD fellowship, University of Edinburgh 2014-2017
  • Speciality training in General Surgery, South West London 2012-2014
  • Core Surgical Training, Severn Deanery / Honorary Clinical Research Fellow, University of Bristol 2010-2012
  • President, Rouleaux Club: UK Vascular Trainees’ Association 2021-2022
  • Executive Committee, Rouleaux Club 2017-2021
  • Honorary Clinical Research Fellow, University of Edinburgh 2014-2023
  • Executive Committee, Vascular Endovascular Research Network 2017-2022
  • Editor-at-Large, Audible Bleeding podcasts 2021-2022
  • RCSEd Vascular Surgery Speciality Board Trainee Rep 2018-2021
  • International Working Group on the Diabetic Foot PAD group secretary 2017-2019


  • Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons – FRCS(Vasc)                                       2021

Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)                                                                                                       2018

University of Edinburgh

  • Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons (MRCS)                                                2011

Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

  • Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBChB)                                                                      2008

University of Edinburgh

Awards and Distinctions

  • Young Investigator Award                                                                                                2018

British Cardiovascular Imaging Meeting, Edinburgh                                                                  

  • Thomas J Fogarty Award                                                                                                    2017

Society for Vascular Surgery Young Surgeons Award, San Diego                

  • Best UK Abstract                                                                                                                     2017

Society for Cardiovascular CT, Washington DC

  • Centre for Cardiovascular Science Imaging Prize                                                 2017

University of Edinburgh CVS Symposium

  • Core Surgical Trainee of the Year (2010-2011)                                                        2011

Severn Deanery Postgraduate School of Surgery