Papworth Heroes

John Wallwork

Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon
Performed Europe's first successful heart-lung transplant and world's first heart-lung and liver transplant.

During Professor John Wallwork's thirty years at the forefront of transplant surgery and research, he made an outstanding contribution to heart and lung surgery and transplantation at Papworth Hospital, in the UK and across the world.

In 1984 Professor Wallwork performed Europe’s first successful heart-lung transplant and, in 1986 together with Professor Sir Roy Calne, he performed the world’s first heart-lung and liver transplant.

Professor Wallwork was Director of the Transplant Service at Papworth Hospital from 1989 to 2006 and Medical Director from 1997 to 2002. He was President of the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation from 1994 to 1995. In 2002 he was awarded an Honorary Chair in Cardiothoracic Surgery by the University of Cambridge and he became a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences.

Professor Wallwork co-founded Imutran, a Cambridge-based biotechnology company, to explore the development of xenotransplantation. In 2007 he became Director of Research and Development at Papworth.

Throughout his consultant career, Professor Wallwork has performed a wide spectrum of innovative adult cardiac surgery. He has had a major interest in the training of cardiac surgeons from the UK and from overseas, many of whom have subsequently set up transplant programmes in their own countries.

Professor Wallwork retired in July 2011 and was awarded a CBE for services to health in May 2012.