Clinical Surgery

Ewen Harrison

His interests focus on health informatics, clinical trials, and global surgery. He leads the Surgical Informatics group and co-leads the Surgical and Perioperative Health Research Group, performing informatics-orientated research focused on improving patient outcomes after surgery. A current collaboration with industry is joint-funded by the MRC and Kidney research UK is investigating strategies to reduce organ injury in transplantation. He has completed an MSc in Statistics. His work is currently funded by the Wellcome Trust, MRC and Academy of Medical Sciences.

Ewen Harrison

Clinical Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant Surgeon

Appointments and Activities

Ewen is a Senior Lecturer in General Surgery at the University of Edinburgh and a Consultant HPB / Transplant Surgeon at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. He graduated in Medicine from the University of Glasgow in 1999 and moved to Edinburgh in 2002 to take up a research post leading to a PhD.

He jointly leads the GlobalSurg Collaborative (, an international collaboration of 2500 individuals in 350 centres across 65 countries studying outcomes in general surgery and quality improvement.

He is Programme Director for the Masters in Surgery degree (ChM) and Year 6 Module Lead for Surgery at the University of Edinburgh.

He is currently principal investigator for the PREVENTT RCT examining IV iron in surgical resection patients, PI for the Hepatobiliary microRNA expression & outcome in liver transplantation study, PI for the EPOCH Trial (outcomes after emergency laparotomy), chief investigator for the Tracking Wound Infection Using Smartphone Technology (TWIST) Study and chief investigator for the GSK anti-cytokine in DCD kidney transplantation trial.


  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB commendation) June 1999, University of Glasgow
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) July 2008. "Pharmacological strategies to reduce ischemi-reperfusion injury in kidney transplantation", University of Edinburgh
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS Gen surg) June 2011. Sub-specialty exam: transplantation, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
  • Graduate Certificate in Mathematics and Statistics, University of Sheffield, June 2012
  • MSc Statistics with Medical Applications, University of Sheffield, November 2015


2006 – 2008                                         President: Association of Surgeons in Training

2006 – 2008                                         Council: Royal College of Surgeons of England

2007 – 2009                                         Council: Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

2006 – 2008                                         Council: Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland

2006 – 2007                                         Council: Society of Academic and Research Surgery

2007 – 2008                                         Committee: Joint Committee for (Higher) Surgical Training

2004 – 2008                                         Committee: Trainees specialty advisory board (RCSEd)

2005 – 2007                                         Committee: Specialty Transitional Board for Surgery

2006 – 2007                                         Working party: ISCP Working Party on Selection

2007 – 2008                                         Working party: PMETB Trainers’ Survey Working Party

2013 – 2016                                         Education and Training Committee: International Society of Hepatopancreaticobiliary Surgery

2016 – present                                    Publication Committee: International Society of Hepatopancreaticobiliary Surgery