Clinical Surgery

Gabriel Oniscu

Mr Oniscu has a clinical interest in liver, pancreas and kidney transplantation and laparoscopic surgery performing laparoscopic living donor nephrectomy and polycystic kidney nephrectomy. His principal research focus is organ perfusion and reconditioning, transplant outcomes and optical sensing.

Gabriel Oniscu

Consultant Transplant Surgeon and Honorary Reader in Transplantation

  • Transplant Unit
  • Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh

Contact details

Appointments and Activities


  • Mr Oniscu is a consultant transplant surgeon and is involved in liver, kidney and pancreas transplantation and Honorary Reader in Transplantation at the University of Edinburgh. 
  • Mr. Oniscu is associated with the Liver stem cells and regeneration research group at the Centre for Regenerative Medicine Edinburgh.

Other activities

  • NRS Career Research Clinician
  • Lead clinician for the living donor kidney transplant programme
  • Lead clinician for the novel perfusion technologies in Edinburgh
  • Chair of the Research, Innovation and Novel Technology Advisory Group ad NHSB
  • Secretary General of the European Society for Organ Transplantation
  • Vice-Chair, Descartes, ERA-EDTA
  • Mr Oniscu is the recipient of an MRC confidence in concept award for technological developments relating to normothermic perfusion
  • Board member, Council of Europe Guide to the Quality and Safety of Organs for Transplantation
  • Board member, Living Donation Scotland Strategic board
  • Executive committee of QUOD national biobank
  • Project lead, QUOD MRC Liver Bioresource
  • Transplant Strategic Management Group NHS Lothian
  • Associate Editor, Transplant International
  • Editor, Abdominal Organ retrieval and bench surgery textbook
  • Editor, Springer Transplantation Surgery Atlas


  • Gabriel Oniscu has completed his higher surgical training in Edinburgh, Birmingham and King’s College Hospital, London.
  • He was awarded a Royal College of Surgeons of England fellowship on modified liver grafts (2009)
  • Honorary Senior Lecturer in Transplantation (2009-2018)
  • Mr Oniscu was awarded a Living donor liver transplant fellowship, Asan Medical Centre, Seoul, Korea (2010)
  • Chair, Clinical Trials and Research Committee, British Transplant Society (2016-2018)
  • Chair, National Organ Retrieval Future Service Requirements Working Group (2014-2015)
  • Chair, Novel Technologies in Organ Transplantation Working party, NHSBT (2014-2015)
  • Chair, DCD Heart Service Evaluation Steering Group (2015-2017)
  • ESOT Councillor (2015-2017)
  • British Transplant Society Council (2015-2018)
  • Organising Executive ESOT International Congress (2015 & 2017)
  • Lead, Transplant module Masters in Surgery, Edinburgh on line education (2009-2018)
  • Member of Data Monitoring Committee, COPE Trial (EU FP7 funded) (2014-2018)
  • Scottish Representative in Pancreas Advisory Group NHSBT (2011-2015)
  • Member of Taking Transplantation to 2020 Scottish Working Group (2013-2014)
  • Member of Donation after Circulatory Death Consensus Steering group (2014-2016)
  • Member of National Organ Retrieval Implementation Board (2015-2016)
  • Transplant Strategic Management Group NHS Lothian (2016-)
  • National Selection Panellist for General Surgery and Vascular Surgery (2012-2014)
  • Member, International Liver Transplantation Society Communication Committee (2013-2017)
  • University of Edinburgh admission selection panellist (2012-2016)
  • Course Leader for the Organ Perfusion and Preservation Module of the European Society for Organ Transplantation Education Platform (2016-2017)


  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB), University of Medicine Iasi, Romania
  • Doctor of Medicine (MD), University of Edinburgh
  • Fellow of Royal College of Surgeons and Physicians (FRCS) Glasgow
  • Fellow of  Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS), Edinburgh
  • Fellow of Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS Gen Surg), Intercollegiate Board General Surgery & Transplantation

Awards and distinctions

  • Rising Star Award,  International Liver Transplantation Society, 2014
  • NRS Career Research Fellowship, NHS Scotland,  2013
  • National Modified Liver Grafts Fellowship, 2009
  • St John’s Ambulance Travelling Fellowship, 2009
  • Chiene medal and prize, Edinburgh, 2001
  • Bradford and Airedale Gut Club Prize, 1998


A list of Gabriel Oniscu’s publications can be found by clicking here.