Clinical Surgery

Ian Currie

Consultant Transplant Surgeon and Honorary Senior Lecturer

Ian Currie

  • Transplant Unit
  • Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh

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Clinical Interests

Mr Currie has a clinical interest in liver transplantation and liver surgery, and contributes to multi-organ transplantation and general surgery.

Appointments and Activities


Ian Currie is a Consultant Surgeon in Transplantation and General Surgery.  He performs liver, kidney and pancreas transplantation in Edinburgh, and is the Clinical Lead for the Abdominal Organ Retrieval Service in Scotland.  In 2019, Mr Currie was appointed to the post of UK Clinical Lead for Organ Retrieval with NHS Blood and Transplant.  In these latter roles, Ian supports and directs the programs of organ retrieval in Scotland and the UK, and is responsible for maintaining and developing the highly specialized teams of retrieval surgeons in Britain.

Mr Currie has a clinically-focused research portfolio centered on transplantation.  He has developed collaborations with the Department of Performance Psychology at the University of Edinburgh.  These studies are centered on the human factors involved in complex teams providing organ retrieval with novel technologies.  He is also building collaborations with the Department of Mathematics at Edinburgh so as to develop detailed modeling of the UK retrieval service, underpinning sustainability for the future.  In parallel, Mr Currie is developing techniques to assess functional capacity of liver grafts after transplant so as to support research in graft optimisation.


Ian Currie completed a PhD as a basic scientist in the field of developmental neurobiology at the MRC Human Reproductive Sciences Unit. Having won a Foulkes Foundation Fellowship to complete medical studies as a second degree, he graduated MBChB (Hons) as the Ettles Scholar, winning the Annandale Gold Medal for Surgery and the Leslie Gold Medal for Medicine.

During his post-graduate career, he developed an early affinity for organ transplantation and for cell biology of the liver. In order to rekindle his earlier expertise in laboratory research, he won a SHERT/Jean Baxter Fellowship to undertake a second doctorate (MD), a program which supported several MD and PhD students.

Mr Currie obtained FRCS in General Surgery, and won a RCS/BTS Fellowship to work with Mr K R Prasad in paediatric liver transplantation, which he completed in Leeds in 2010. Mr Currie was appointed Consultant Surgeon in 2009, commencing his post as a transplant surgeon at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh on return from his Fellowship in 2010.


Mr Currie’s educational qualifications are:

  • Bachelor of Science (BSc Hons)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB Hons)
  • Doctor of Medicine (MD)
  • Fellow of Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS Gen), Edinburgh
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (FRCPE)