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Professor Rowan Parks

Deputy Medical Director

Professor Rowan Parks qualified in Medicine from Queens University Belfast in 1989, undertook his postgraduate surgical training in Northern Ireland, being awarded an MD for his research on "Gut barrier function in obstructive jaundice". He then undertook a clinical fellowship in HPB surgery & transplantation at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and was appointed Senior Lecturer in Surgery at the University of Edinburgh in 1999, was promoted to Reader in 2006 and then to Professor of Surgical Sciences in 2010.

Professor Parks' research interests are on clinical aspects of hepatobiliary and pancreatic disease, obstructive jaundice, gut barrier function and liver cell biology. He lectures extensively on these and related subjects and has published over 130 papers and written / edited four textbooks. He has been awarded a number of prizes, honours and prestigious travelling fellowships for his research. These include the Moynihan medal, Purce lecture and medal, Millin lecture and medal (RCSI), Sir Robert Shields lecture and medal (RCSEd), Moynihan Travelling Fellowship and James IV Travelling Fellowship.

Professor Parks has a significant interest in medical education and training. He was previously Year 3 Director and is currently chairman of the Fitness to Practice Committee at the University of Edinburgh. Since 2008, he has been Associate Postgraduate Dean for Surgical Specialties in the SE Scotland Deanery and for the past 3 years has been Chairman of the Surgery Specialty Training Board. He is also currently Chairman of the Education & Training Committees of the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland and of the International Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association. He is an elected council member of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and a Director of the James IV Association.