Sir Ian Kennedy has been invited by Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust to chair an independent review into the management of concerns regarding breast care services at Solihull Hospital.
More than 700 patients who were treated at the hospital are now being urgently referred to specialists for new examinations. The consultant surgeon, Ian Paterson, is at the heart of the review after carrying out the treatments. He is accused of carrying out unnecessary breast operations.
The review will start today and will look at how health chiefs managed complaints as well as how the Trust responded to staff and patient concerns.
Sir Ian Kennedy will make recommendations to the Trust's Board on completion of the evidence-gathering process. This report is expected to be completed in the summer of this year.
The Medical Defence Union, which is representing the surgeon, said it could not comment because of patient confidentiality.