Professor O James Garden

James Garden
  • Professor O James Garden
  • Regius Professor of Clinical Surgery and Honorary Consultant Surgeon
  • Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgical Services Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh
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Clinical interests

Professor Garden's main clinical interests are academic surgical training and the management of hepatobiliary and pancreatic disease.


Professor Garden's educational qualifications are:

  • Bachelor of Science (BSc) University of Edinburgh, 1974
  • Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB), University of Edinburgh, 1977
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS), Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, 1981
  • Doctor of Medicine (MD) University of Edinburgh, 1987
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS), Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, 1994
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (FRCP), Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, 2003
  • Honorary Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS), 2007
  • Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (FRCPSC), 2008
  • Fellow Royal Society of Edinburgh, 2013

Professor Garden’s postgraduate surgical training in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Paris from 1978 to 1988 included a year as Chef de Clinique in the unit of Professor Henri Bismuth in Hospital Paul Brousse, Paris to train in hepatobiliary and liver transplant surgery. His recent election as Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and as Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE, 2014) is in recognition of his contribution to the development of academic surgery in Edinburgh, specialist liver, pancreatic and biliary surgery as well as surgical education.

Appointments and activities


Professor Garden was appointed to the Regius Chair of Clinical Surgery in 2000 and is Surgeon to the Queen in Scotland.

Currently he is also:

  • Chairman of the British Journal of Surgery Society Limited (2012-17)
  • Director of Surgical Distance Learning - Edinburgh Surgical Sciences Qualification (MSc Surgical Sciences, ChM in General Surgery Urology, Trauma & Orthopaedics, Vascular and Endovascular Surgery)
  • Member of Council of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
  • Honorary Secretary of the James IV Association of Surgeons
  • Editor-in-Chief, HPB
  • Member of editorial boards of Annals of Surgery, Surgery, American Journal of Surgery, Journal of the American College of Surgeons, Langenbeck's Archives of Surgery


Professor Garden was appointed as Senior Lecturer in Surgery and Honorary Consultant Surgeon at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh in October 1988 and to a Personal Chair in Hepatobiliary Surgery in 1997.

His other previous appointments activities include:

  • President of IHPBA (July 2012-14)
  • Head of the School of Clinical Sciences and Community Health
  • Director of the Transplant Unit.
  • President of the Association of Upper GI Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland
  • Chairman of Programme Committee of the European Surgical Association
  • Associate Editor of the World Journal of Surgery
  • Chairman of the Seventh World Congress of International Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association (IHPBA) 2006
  • Chairman of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) Quincentenray Congress 2005

Awards and distinctions

Professor Garden has been the recipient of numerous awards and distinctions:

  • BJS Society Lecturer, Japanese Surgical Association
  • SSAT Frank and Marja Moody Lecturer, Orlando, May 2013
  • St Louis. Rose & Samuel Pollock Visiting Professor, May 2013
  • Bookout Lecturer at Methodist Hospital, Houston Texas, May 2012
  • 13th Massachusetts General Hospital and Johns Hopkins Visiting Professor, April 2012
  • Chancellor’s Award for Teaching, University of Edinburgh, 2010
  • Capper-Hermanson Visiting Professor, Harvard Medical School, 2008
  • Kergin Lectureship, University of Toronto, 2006
  • Melrose Lecture, Glasgow Gastroenterology Club, 2006
  • British Journal of Surgery (BJS) lecturer, Swiss Surgical Society, 2006
  • Rutherford Morison Lecturer, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 2005
  • Frank Penman Visiting Professor, University of Cape Town, 2004
  • Wilson TS Wang Visiting Professor, Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2002
  • Ernest Miles Medal, British Association of Surgical Oncology, 2001
  • Foundation Visitor, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, 2001
  • Macewen Lecturer, Royal College of Physician and Surgeons of Glasgow (RCPSGlas), 2000
  • Honorary Member, South African Gastroenterology Society, 2000
  • Honorary member of the Society for Clinical Surgery
  • Honorary member the German Surgical Society
  • Honorary member of the New Zealand Association of Surgeons
  • Honorary member of the British Columbia Society of Surgeons
  • Honorary member of the Eastern Surgical Society
  • Honorary member of the North Pacific Surgical Association
  • Honorary member of the American Surgical Association
  • Honorary member of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract


A list of Professor Garden’s publications is available from the website.

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