2019 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient


John Wallwork, FRCS

Professor Wallwork qualified at Edinburgh University and trained in cardiothoracic surgery in Edinburgh, Glasgow, London and Adelaide in South Australia. Prior to being appointed as Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon at Papworth Hospital in 1981, he spent two years as Chief Resident at Stanford University Medical Director from 1997 to 2002. In October 2002 he was awarded an honorary Chair in Cardiothoracic Surgery by the University of Cambridge. He became Director of Research and Development at Papworth Hospital in 2007 and remained in that position until his retirement 2011.

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 retirement 2011. Professor Wallwork returned to Papworth Hospital as Chairman after in February 2014 after spending thirty years at the forefront of transplant surgery and research at the Trust. He currently serves as an Emeritus Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Papworth Hospital in Cambridge.

Professor Wallwork served the Society as ISHLT President from 1994-1995. He received the ISHLT Lifetime Achievement Award on April 3, 2019 at the ISHLT 39th Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions in Orlando, FL, USA.