Clinical Surgery

Chris Johnston

Clinical Lecturer in General Surgery (HPB/Transplantation)

Chris Johnston

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Appointments and Activities

Following undergraduate studies and postgraduate foundation training in London, Chris moved to Edinburgh for specialty training in general surgery in 2009. He was subsequently appointed to a Wellcome-funded PhD fellowship in 2012 and developed a novel project looking at the power of helminth worms to suppress rejection of transplanted organs (published in Nature Communications in 2017). Chris re-entered higher surgical training as a clinical lecturer with a special interest in HPB / transplantation in 2015.


2019                Association of Upper GI Surgeons of GB & Ireland Travelling Fellowship

2018                Professor Kenneth Fearon Memorial Medal, University of Edinburgh

2018                Sir James Fraser Travelling Fellowship, RCSEd

2018                Sir Roy Calne Award, British Transplantation Society

2017                Hunterian Lectureship, Royal College of Surgeons of England

2017                Shorland Hosking Fellowship, Operation Hernia

2017                Best Oral Presentation, Alpine Liver and Pancreatic Surgery Meeting

2016                Syme Medal, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

2016                Ker Memorial Prize, Edinburgh Infectious Diseases

2015                Chiene Medal, University of Edinburgh

2014                Association of Surgeons in Training Medal

2014                Best Presentation (Oral & Poster), Host-helminth Interactions from a Global Health Perspective, Jongny, Switzerland

2012                European Society for Organ Transplantation Travelling Fellowship


Research Funding

2015                Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh Research Grant (£10,000)

2014                Tenovus Scotland Research Grant (£10,000)

2012                Edinburgh Clinical Academic Track Lectureship (Incorporating Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Training Fellowship, £261,334)

2010                Astellas Transplantation Research Grant (£10,000)


2019                 Diploma of Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS)

2016                  IRCAD Institute, Université de Strasbourg: Diploma in Laparoscopic Surgery

2012-2015      University of Edinburgh: PhD (Therapeutic Immunology)

2010                  Diploma of Membership of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP)

2008                  Diploma of Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons (MRCS)

2001-2007       Imperial College London: BSc(Hons), MBBS