National Clinical Director for Transplantation

Chris J Rudge became the Department of Health’s first National Clinical Director for Transplantation in September 2008, with responsibility for implementation of recommendations from the Organ Donation Taskforce.Chris Rudge


  • provides: wide experience in the organ transplantation field
  • ensures: donation of organs remains high on the public agenda
  • contributes: to the drive to increase organ donation and thus save or improve many thousands of lives
  • is responsible for: implementation of the Organ Donation Taskforce Recommendations

About Chris Rudge: Chris Rudge completed his undergraduate training at Guy’s Hospital in London, which included a BSc in Immunology. Whilst attending Guy’s he worked in the tissue typing laboratory in the early years of the transplant programme – before the Human Leucocyte Antigen (HLA) system was clearly defined.

Chris’s training in general and trauma surgery in London and Cape Town was followed by transplant training at Guy’s and King’s College Hospitals leading to his appointment as Consultant Transplant Surgeon in 1981. Posts were held initially at Guy’s and The St Peter’s Hospitals, but from 1994-2001 he was Director of Transplantation at The Royal London Hospital.

Chris was appointed as UK Transplant’s first Medical Director in 2001, and following the establishment of the merged Authority NHS Blood and Transplant, he became the Managing and Transplant Director of UK Transplant.  Chris still does one day a week of clinical medicine at The Royal London Hospital.  This post provided responsibility for all UK Transplant’s activities in solid organ transplantation, together with corneal transplantation and in addition to a responsibility to increase organ donation across the United Kingdom, he worked to improve donor management, the retrieval process and data analysis at UK Transplant.

In September 2008, Chris took up the role at the Department of Health as National Clinical Director for Transplantation, with responsibility for implementation of the Organ Donation Taskforce Recommendations.

Speaking about his role as National Clinical Director for Transplantation, Chris said:

“It’s a real privilege for me to be given this opportunity to lead the changes to the organ donation system in this country that so many of us have wanted for so long. I am convinced that we can really make a difference and help the thousands of people who are waiting for a kidney transplant.”

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