Lord Ribeiro qualified at Middlesex Hospital Medical School in 1967 and embarked on his career in surgery. Just five years later he was awarded the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. He pioneered the use of invasive 'keyhole' surgery and helped to establish the Basildon & Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust's advanced laparoscopic unit. From 2005 to 2008, he was the President of the Royal College of Surgeons and in March 2008 he officially retired from his post as Consultant General Surgeon at Basildon University Hospital. In December 2008, Lord Ribeiro Bernard was knighted in the Queen's New Year's Honours List, for his services to medicine. On 19th November 2010 it was announced that Baron Ribeiro would be inducted as a Life Peer.