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Director of Surgical Distance Learning, Professor O James Garden CBE


Professor O James Garden

Professor O James Garden leads the development of surgical distance learning programmes resulting from the collaboration between the University of Edinburgh and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He currently serves as Programme Founder of the MSc in Surgical Sciences, the MSc in Primary Care Ophthalmology and the ChM courses in General Surgery, Urology, Trauma & Orthopaedics, Vascular & Endovascular and Clinical Ophthalmology.

He was appointed Regius Professor of Clinical Surgery at the University of Edinburgh in 2000 and is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh but undertook his postgraduate training as a hepatobiliary, pancreatic and liver transplant surgeon in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Paris. He is a well established figure in national and international surgery and is past president of the Association of Upper GI Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland, Chairman of the British Journal of Surgery Society, Immediate past President of the International Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association (IHPBA) and Secretary of the James IV Association of Surgeons (Europe). Professor Garden was awarded by The Duke of Edinburgh with a Chancellor's Award for Teaching at the University of Edinburgh in 2010 for his work on surgical distance learning.

He has written extensively with some 270 research and clinical articles to his name and he has authored or edited 13 surgical textbooks. He is Editor-in-Chief of HPB, the official journal if the IHPBA, past Associate Editor of the World Journal of Surgery and currently serves on six editorial boards.  He is an honorary member of seven international societies and is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He was appointed Surgeon to the Queen in Scotland in 2004 and was made Commander of the British Empire in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list in 2014.

He has strong interests in surgical training and education. He believes that the ChM qualification represents a valuable means of supporting surgical trainees in their personal and professional development as they work towards the fellowship.