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Professor Sir Peter Morris

Professor Sir Peter Morris

Peter Morris


Nuffield Professor of Surgery Emeritus Director, Centre for Evidence in Transplantation Hon. Professor London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Professor Sir Peter Morris was educated at University of Melbourne and Harvard. He was appointed as Nuffield Professor of Surgery and Chairman of the Department of Surgery, University of Oxford and Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals in 1974 and as a Fellow at Balliol.  He founded the Oxford Transplant Centre, and later was a cofounder of the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics.  He served as President of the Royal College of Surgeons of England from 2001 to 2004. In 2005 he established the Centre for Evidence in Transplantation (CET) at the Royal College of Surgeons and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and now also based in Oxford within the CEU.

His professional scientific career has revolved around transplantation and transplantation biology, with a major interest in the immune response to histocompatibility antigens and its suppression. In addition to his work in transplantation, in the earlier part of his career he made many contributions to the knowledge of the association between HLA and disease, as well as playing a major part in the early anthropological studies of HLA around the Pacific Rim.  His major clinical interests have been in transplantation and vascular surgery and now his research is directed at evaluating the quality of evidence for the practice of organ transplantation.

 He has been awarded many honorary fellowships and degrees and other awards include the Lister Medal and Medawar Prize. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society and the Academy of Medical Sciences and in the USA he is a foreign member of the Institute of Medicine and the American Philosophical Society.