Clinical Surgery

Professor Stephen J Wigmore

Professor Wigmore's interests lie in organ transplantation and liver, p[ancreas and biliary resectional surgery. His principal research focus is on the cell and molecular biology of organ pre-conditioning and stress protein expression. Other research interests include the Kupffer cell, innate immunity, endotoxin handling and functional assessment of the liver in the context of surgery and transplantation. He is also involved in medical education and distance learning.

Professor Stephen Wigmore

Professor of Transplantation Surgery and Honorary Consultant Surgeon

  • Hepatobiliary-Pancreatic Surgical Services and Edinburgh Transplant Unit
  • Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh

Contact details

Clinical interests


Professor Wigmore's educational qualifications are:

  • Bachelor of Science (BSc 1st Class Hons) Immunology & parasitology King’s College, University of London
  • Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), King’s College School of Medicine & Dentistry, University of London
  • Fellow of Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (FRCSEd)
  • Doctor of Medicine (MD) University of Edinburgh
  • Fellow of Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS Gen Surg), Intercollegiate Board General Surgery & Transplantation
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

Appointments and activities


Professor Wigmore returned to Edinburgh as Professor of Transplantation Surgery in 2007.

Currently he is also:

  • Chair of Research Committee of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh 2014-
  • Editor of HPB, the official journal of the International Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association (IHPBA) 2011-
  • Vice President (President Elect), The British Transplantation Society 2017-2020
  • Clinical Lead HPB National Managed Clinical Network for Scotland
  • Programme Director Edinburgh Surgical Sciences Qualification, MSc in Surgical Sciences
  • Director of the James IV Association of Surgeons 2015-
  • Chairman Ophthalmology Research Sub- Committee Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
  • Trustee Warren’s Wish Lung Transplantation Charity
  • Trustee RI Stirling Bequest
  • Special Adviser to Alan Morement Memorial Fund Cholangiocarcinoma (Bile duct cancer) Charity.
  • Member of editorial board of British Journal of Surgery


  • Professor Wigmore graduated from King's College School of Medicine and Dentistry and, after two further years in London, moved to Edinburgh to undertake his basic and higher surgical training with Professor Sir David Carter and Professor James Garden.
  • His thesis on hepatic acute phase protein expression in cancer was followed by a visiting post doctoral scholarship at the University of California San Francisco, as awarded an Advanced Fellowship by the Wellcome Trust.
  • He held this post as a senior lecturer and honorary consultant surgeon at the Scottish Liver Transplant Unit, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.
  • Professor Wigmore was appointed Professor of Transplantation Surgery at the University of Birmingham and Liver Unit, Queen Elizabeth Medical Centre in 2005.
  • Chairman of the Ethics Committee of the British Transplantation Society 2005-7.
  • Associate Editor World Journal of Surgery 2007-2010.
  • Member of Research Board Medical Research Scotland 2007-2010.
  • HEFCE Clinical Senior Lectureships Awards committee 2006-2009.
  • Specialist advisor on Organ Donation & Transplantation to the Chief Medical Officer Scotland. 2008-1012
  • Clinical Director for General Surgery and Transplantation appointed 2009-2014
  • Director of Year 3 Master of Science (MSc) in Surgical Sciences (Edinburgh Surgical Sciences Qualification) 2008-2013

Awards and distinctions

Professor Wigmore has been the recipient of numerous postgraduate awards and distinctions:

  • Smith & Nephew Foundation Medical Research Fellowship 1993.
  • Wilkie Research Scholarship University of Edinburgh.1994-5.
  • Chiene Medal - University of Edinburgh, School of Surgery. 1995 & 6.
  • Francis Mitchell Caird Prize in Surgery. Triennial prize awarded jointly by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the University of Edinburgh 1996.
  • Yamagiwa Yoshida Fellow Union Internationale Contre Le Cancer UICC 2000.
  • Pathological Society of Great Britain and Ireland Travelling Fellow 2000.
  • SHERT Travelling Fellow 2000.
  • Wellcome Trust Advanced Fellowship 2001.
  • External examiner Chinese University of Hong Kong 2007, 2009.
  • James IV Travelling fellow 2008.
  • Member of James IV Association 2010
  • National e-Learning Gold Award with ESSQ team 2010
  • Queen’s Anniversary Prize University of Edinburgh with ESSQ Team 2014


A list of Professor Wigmore's publications is available from the website.