2015 Lunch – Miss Lorna Marson


We are delighted to welcome Miss Lorna Marson to our 2015 lunch as one our our speakers.

Lorna is an academic transplant surgeon at the University of Edinburgh and Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. She combines a clinical leadership role in kidney transplantation for South East Scotland, with a research interest in working to prolong the lifespan of every kidney that is transplanted. Lorna is a Trustee for Kidney Research UK. She is involved in the development of kidney transplantation nationally as Deputy Chair of the Kidney Advisory group, which oversees national policy and allocation of kidneys for transplantation. She promotes organ donation through public engagement, not least through undertaking charitable events with patients she has transplanted.

Lorna is passionate about surgical training. In her role as Associate Dean for Surgery in the Scotland Deanery (SE region), she oversees training programmes in each of the nine surgical specialties.  Having undertaken some of her own training on a less than full time basis, she is particularly interested in supporting trainees who wish to do the same. She is developing a model of mentoring within surgery and within training, known as Professional excellence groups, which are structured to offer support through peer mentoring. She works to develop surgery as an attractive career option for women, who currently constitute approximately 10% of the consultant surgical workforce.

Lorna has worked to combine life in the male-dominated world of surgery with a fulfilling life as a wife and mother. Her two children are 18 and 16, and work tirelessly to advise and keep their mother on the straight and narrow!! Her wellbeing comes from them and from her husband John, as well as her love of running and cycling.