Prof. James Shapiro. Born in Leeds, England, Professor James Shapiro obtained his MD at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and trained in Surgery at the University of Bristol UK. James came to Canada in 1993 and completed a surgical fellowship in hepatobiliary oncology and multi-organ transplantation. He completed further surgical fellowships at the University of Maryland, Vancouver BC and in Kyoto Japan, and joined the faculty in 1998.
Professor Shapiro led the clinical team with the “Edmonton Protocol” islet transplant success, and was lead author on the 2000 NEJM study. As principal investigator on several international islet transplant trial grants, Shapiro has brought in more than $65 million in grant and philanthropic support. He has been the recipient of multiple awards, including the Hunterian Medal from the Royal College of Surgeons of England, the Gold Medal in Surgery from the Governor General of Canada, Physician of the Century, and was recently named one of Nature Biotechnology’s most remarkable and influential personalities. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2012, and was recently appointed as the Department of Surgery’s first Canada Research Council’s Chair in Transplantation Surgery and Regenerative Medicine. Professor Shapiro is a busy pancreatic oncology and transplant surgeon, and also maintains an active immunology/transplant research laboratory.