David Leaper

Professor of Clinical Sciences and Surgery

Professor David Leaper DSc MD ChM FRCS FACS FLS

Emeritus Professor of Clinical Sciences, Institute of Skin Integrity and Infection Prevention University of Huddersfield, United Kingdom

Emeritus Professor of Surgery, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

 Professor Leaper qualified from Leeds Medical School in 1970 MB ChB (with honours) and trained in general surgery. He has the Fellowship in Surgery of the Royal Colleges of Edinburgh, England and Glasgow; by thesis the MD and ChM; and the Fellowship of the American College of Surgeons. He was Senior Lecturer in Surgery/Consultant surgeon at the University of Bristol (1981-1995), Professor of Surgery at the University of Hong Kong (1988-1990) and the University of Newcastle upon Tyne (1995-2004). His surgical expertise was developed in colorectal and breast cancer, oncology and development of day case surgery.

Professor Leaper’s research interests include surgical site infection, sepsis and critical care, and wound healing. He is a past president of the Surgical Infection Society of Europe and the European Wound Management Association. He has published over 10 books, 50 chapters and 500 original research, review papers and abstracts (220 on PubMed).

Professor Leaper is a past member of the Court of Examiners of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and was an instigator of the Care of the Critically Ill Surgical Patient course (CCrISP)ong  Kong (1988-1990) H . He was Chair of the NICE guideline development group on SSI (published 2008 and updated 2013), and was a member of the Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infection advisory committee (2007-2013).  

1 blog from the author

Getting checked

Posted on 28.06.2017

Ramping Up the Fight Against SSIs

Surgical Site Infections (SSIs) were high on the agenda at the 4th International Conference on Prevention & Infection Control (ICPIC) last week in Geneva. And it’s no surprise given the statistics – although no global registry exists to track surgical site infections, health authorities estimate that each year, one in five patients undergoing surgery acquires an […]

By David Leaper Professor of Clinical Sciences and Surgery