Professor Rowan Parks was born and educated in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He qualified in Medicine from Queens University Belfast in 1989. He pursued his surgical training in Northern Ireland and then undertook a clinical fellowship in hepato-biliary and pancreatic surgery at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. He was appointed a Senior Lecturer in Surgery and Honorary Consultant Surgeon in the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh in 1999, was subsequently promoted to Reader in Surgery in 2006 and was awarded a person chair as Professor of Surgical Sciences at the University of Edinburgh in 2010.
Professor Parks has a specialist interest in hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery. He has published more than 140 papers, written over 30 book chapters and has authored / edited four surgical textbooks. He has been awarded several prestigious prizes and travelling fellowships, and has given a number of eponymous lecture.
Professor Parks is currently a member of Council of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, a member of the Executive Board of the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland, a member of Council of the European-African Hepato-Pancreatico-Biliary Association, a Director of the James IV Association and has previously served on the Council of the Council of the Association of Upper GI Surgeons. He is Chairman of the Education & Training Committee and a member of the Scientific Committee of the International Hepato-Pancreatico–Biliary Association. He is also President-elect of the Great Britain & Ireland Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association and Vice-President-elect of the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain & Ireland.
Professor Parks has a significant interest in undergraduate and postgraduate education. He is currently Chairman of the Fitness to Practice Committee at the University of Edinburgh. His involvement in postgraduate training has been as Regional Adviser in General Surgery, Training Programme Director for the South East Scotland General Surgery rotation, Associate Postgraduate Dean (SE Scotland), Chair of the Scottish Specialty Training Board for Surgical Specialties and currently he is Deputy Director of Medicine, NHS Education for Scotland (NES).