Roy Yorke Calne

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Sir Roy Yorke Calne
File:Sir Roy Caine bronze bust by Laurence Broderick.jpg
A bronze bust by sculptor Laurence Broderick of Sir Roy, outside the main operating theatres at Addenbrooke's Hospital
Born (1930-12-30) 30 December 1930 (age 91)
Education Lancing College
Years active 1959–present
Medical career
Profession Surgeon
Specialism Organ transplantation
Notable prizes Ernst Jung Prize (1992)
Prince Mahidol Award (2002)
Pride of Britain Lifetime Achievement Award (2014)

Sir Roy Yorke Calne, FRCP, FRCS, FRS, is a British surgeon and pioneer in organ transplantation; he performed the first liver transplantation operation in Europe in 1968. His surgical procedures also laid claim to many other pioneering successes in his career: the world's first liver, heart, and lung transplant in 1987; the first intestinal transplant in the U.K. in 1992, and the first successful combined stomach, intestine, pancreas, liver, and kidney cluster transplant in 1994.[1]

Calne is a fellow of the Royal Society and was Professor of Surgery at Cambridge University between 1965 and 1998 where he initiated the kidney transplant program.[2] He was Harkness Fellow at Harvard Medical School from 1960-61.[3] Much of his subsequent work has been concerned with the improvement of immunosuppression techniques aimed at prolonging the life of liver transplant recipients. He is currently the Yoah Ghim Professor of Surgery at the National University of Singapore.

He was elected to the Royal Society in 1974. He was awarded the 1984 Lister Medal for his contributions to surgical science.[4] The corresponding Lister Oration, given at the Royal College of Surgeons of England, was delivered on 21 May 1985, and was titled 'Organ transplantation: from laboratory to clinic'.[5] He was knighted as Knight Bachelor, in 1986. In 1990 he received the Ellison-Cliffe Medal from the Royal Society of Medicine. His portrait, commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery, was painted by John Bellany in 1991. In 2012, Calne shared the prestigious Lasker Award (Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award) with Dr. Thomas Starzl 'for the development of liver transplantation, which has restored normal life to thousands of patients with end-stage liver disease.'. [6]

Calne is a Distinguished Supporter of the British Humanist Association[7] and he is an Honorary Vice-President of the Cambridge University Lawn Tennis Club.


Calne is an artist, and is a member of the art group Group 90 in Singapore.

He is represented by Shalini Ganendra Fine Art, which introduced his works to South East Asia. The gallery has the largest collection of Calne's works, ranging from works on paper, board, canvas and sculpture.[8]


  • Ellis, Harold, 1926-, Calne, Roy Y. (Roy Yorke), Sir, 1930- and Christopher Watson (2011) Lecture notes on general surgery (Twelfth edition). Oxford : Wiley Blackwell. ISBN 978-1-4443-3440-1.
  • Calne, Roy Y. (Roy Yorke), Sir, 1930- (1970) A Gift of Life: Observations on Organ Transplantation. New York : Basic Books. ISBN 0-465-02675-3, ISBN 978-0-465-02675-3
  • Calne, Roy Y. (Roy Yorke), Sir, 1930- (1996) Art, Surgery and Transplantation. London : Williams & Wilkins Europe. ISBN 0-683-23094-8, ISBN 978-0-683-23094-9

External links

Gallery of Roy Calne's paintings from the BBC Arts website:


  1. Amirani, Amir (May 1995). "Sir Roy Calne Pursues Higher Tolerance in Transplantatione". Science Watch. The Thomson Corporation. Retrieved 2008-08-01.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Sir Roy Calne to give Strauss Lecture". University Week. University of Washington. 15 (35). 1998-08-20. Retrieved 2008-08-01.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. [1]
  4. Lister Medal, 1984, Ann R Coll Surg Engl. 1984 July; 66(4): supplement: College and Faculty Bulletin, page 7.
  5. 'Organ transplantation: from laboratory to clinic', R. Y. Calne, Br Med J (Clin Res Ed). 1985 December 21; 291(6511): 1751–1754.
  6. [2]
  7. British Humanist Association Distinguished Supporters of Humanism list
  8. [3][Shalini Ganendra Fine Art]