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 contributes to multi-organ transplantation and organ retrieval.  Outwith transplantation, Mr Currie leads the service providing surgical management for tumours within the vena cava.

Appointments and Activities


Ian Currie is a Consultant Surgeon in Transplantation and General Surgery.  He performs liver, kidney and pancreas transplantation in Edinburgh, and recently stepped down as the Clinical Lead for the Abdominal Organ Retrieval Service in Scotland, a post he had held since 2010.  In 2019, Mr Currie was appointed UK Clinical Lead for Organ Retrieval with NHS Blood and Transplant.  In this latter role, Ian supports and directs organ retrieval in the UK, and is responsible for maintaining and developing the highly specialized teams of retrieval surgeons in Britain.

Mr Currie has a clinically focussed research portfolio centred on transplantation.  He has developed collaborations with the Department of Performance Psychology at the University of Edinburgh.  These studies are centred on the human factors involved in complex teams providing organ retrieval with novel technologies.  In parallel, Mr Currie is developing techniques to assess functional capacity of liver grafts after transplant 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 in paediatric liver transplantation.  Mr Currie commenced his post as a transplant surgeon at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh 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)