Consultant Transplant Surgeon Ms Lorna Marson

Ms Lorna Marson is a Consultant Transplant Surgeon leading the renal transplant programme in Edinburgh. She has a broad experience with recipient issues in live donor transplant amongst her other roles.
Why did you choose transplant as a speciality?
I had not planned to be a transplant surgeon, certainly it is not a sensible specialty for a mother of small children, as I was at the time. But I love the surgery, the ethical challenges around both living and deceased donation, as well as the exciting science. Above all, the amazing feeling of transplanting a patient and then going to see them afterwards, and they already feel better because of a functioning kidney. 

Describe your role
I am a kidney and pancreas transplant surgeon, with a lead role in developing the renal transplant services in East of Scotland. I am the main surgeon for the recipients of living donors, and have worked as part of a team to develop our antibody incompatible transplant program. I also undertake research that is aimed to improve outcomes following kidney transplants, and I have national roles as Deputy Chair of the Kidney Advisory group, and Vice President of the British Transplantation Society.

What have been the most significant advances in transplantation in your view?
I think the development of the kidney sharing scheme, with incorporation of kidneys from non-directed donors has played a key role in the last 5 years in transplanting more complex patients. 

What are the biggest challenges in your job?
Trying to balance everything that I do, so that I do it well, and taking time with my family.

What is the most rewarding part of your role?
The satisfaction of a patient recovering and feeling well with a functioning transplant. Sometimes patients write to me, and this is very satisfying

What advice would you give anyone considering donating a kidney?
It is difficult to give advice. I am always humbled when I speak to individuals who are considering giving a kidney, especially to someone they don’t know, and will never know. It is a big decision, so think about it carefully and talk to the people you are close to about it.

Last Reviewed: 11/01/2016