About me

I’m a Consultant Surgeon at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and a Senior Lecturer in General Surgery at the University of Edinburgh. As well as my clinical practice, I’m interested in science and statistics. I did my undergraduate medical training at the University of Glasgow and higher surgical training in Edinburgh, during which I was President of the Association of Surgeons in Training. I had a great time doing a fellowship in liver transplantation and hepatobiliary surgery in Groningen, the Netherlands.

I’m a committed Clinician-Scientist and have completed a laboratory-based PhD in drug development. My work has been funded by the Wellcome Trust, MRC and Academy of Medical Sciences. I am the surgical lead of the Surgical and Perioperative Health Research Group, performing informatics-orientated research focused on improving patients outcomes after surgery. I have completed an MSc in Statistics.

I’m interested in population-based surgical outcome studies – which translates as studies looking at what factors influence the results of surgery. Here’s an example.

My Global Surgery research stems from time spent in Blantyre, Malawi. I jointly lead the GlobalSurg Collaborative, an international collaboration of 1700 individuals in 350 centres across 58 countries studying outcomes in general surgery and quality improvement. I developed the data collection methods and lead the data analysis. Our first study enrolled 11000 patients and reports mortality and morbidity after emergency abdominal surgery.

I am Programme Director for the Masters in Surgery (ChM) degree at the University of Edinburgh. This distance-learning qualification allows surgeons to train while continuing to work in their home country. A number of surgeons in low and middle income countries are benefiting from this programme.

Ewen Harrison, Edinburgh