Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Specialty Registrar & Clinical Lecturer, University of Glasgow
Dr. David Leonard is a senior Specialty Registrar in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery on the Scottish rotation, and a Clinical Lecturer at the University of Glasgow. He has a specialist interest in upper limb reconstruction and replacement, and works closely with the UK Hand Transplant Service, based in Leeds, in support of patient care, and research activity. Dr. Leonard undertook doctoral research at the Massachusetts General Hospital Transplantation Biology Research Center at Harvard Medical School, in collaboration with the University of Manchester, investigating the immunology of vascularized composite allograft transplantation and the mechanisms of transplant tolerance induction. This research has been recognized with award of an Hunterian Professorship from the Royal College of Surgeons of England, and The Professor Tom Gibson Memorial Medal from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. His research group, in collaboration with colleagues in the Institute of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation, and the Centre for the Cell Microenvironment at the University of Glasgow, utilizes translational immunology approaches to enhance tissue engineering outcomes, and continues to explore the mechanisms of tolerance induction for reconstructive transplantation. He is Editorial Fellow at Transplantation, the official journal of The Transplantation Society, and the leading international journal for the transplantation sciences.