Iestyn Shapey

Iestyn is a Specialist Registrar in General Surgery and a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Manchester. As a Medical Research Council fellow at the University of Manchester his PhD focused on developing decision-making tools to guide selection of organ donors for transplantation and their subsequent management. His main clinical research interest lies in drawing together various methodologies (traditional statistical analysis, artificial intelligence and biomarkers) to provide individualised patient risk assessments that empower clinicians to facilitate informed patient consent based on accurate predictive data. From an ethico-legal perspective, Iestyn’s interest is in understanding the dynamics and psychology of errors, failures and mistakes within healthcare. In 2011, Iestyn was awarded the Lister Medal by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh for his work on Normothermic Regional Perfusion in organ donation and transplantation. In 2017, the section of surgery at the Royal Society of Medicine awarded Iestyn the Norman Tanner Medal for work relating to his PhD.


Bioethics in Professional Practice – Critical engagement with ethical issues which arise in the context of professional practice and identity

  • Complex decision making
  •  Artificial intelligence and clinical decision making
  • Organisational psychology in healthcare settings
  • Informed consent in surgery
  • Professional regulation
  • The relationship between law, bioethics and professional practice
  • Ethics, behaviour and communication

Selected publications

  • Shapey IM et al When politics meets science: What impact might Brexit have on organ donation and transplantation in the United Kingdom? Clin Transplant. 2018 Aug;32(8):e13299
  • Shapey IM et al Systematic review to assess the possibility of return of cerebral and cardiac activity after normothermic regional perfusion for donors after circulatory death. Br J Surg. 2019 Feb;106(3):174-180
  • Doherty DT, Shapey IM et al Should End-of-Life Preferences Be Discussed Routinely before High-Risk Surgery? J Palliat Med. 2018 Oct 4.
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