George Ramsay
George Ramsay

George Ramsay


Senior Clinical Lecturer


Health Services Research Unit

University of Aberdeen

Health Sciences Building



AB25 2ZD


George Ramsay is a Senior Lecturer in the Health Services Research Unit, having joined the unit in 2021. He is also a Consultant Colorectal and General Surgeon in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. Before moving to HRSU, he was a SCREDS clinical lecturer in the Rowett Institute of the University of Aberdeen. His clinical training started in the University of Edinburgh where he undertook his undergraduate training, followed by his surgical training in the North and North East of Scotland. During his training, he took time out to undertake a PhD in Mucosal Immunology studying the lymphocytes in the small and large intestine that are key to maintaining health of these organs.

His current research interests are in describing and characterising Emergency General Surgery, assessing outcomes in colorectal cancer management and medical education.



  • BSc Medical Microbiology 
    2004 - University of Edinburgh 
  • MBChB Medicine 
    2007 - University of Edinburgh 
  • PhD Mucosal Immunology 
    2015 - University of Dundee 
    Environmental signals that control T lymphocytes in the Gastrointestinal Tract
  • FRCS General Surgery 
    2019 - Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh 
  • MFSTEd Surgical Education 
    2015 - Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh 

External Memberships

Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Association of Coloproctologisty of Great Britain and Northern Ireland


Latest Publications

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Research Areas

Biomedical Sciences

Nutrition and Health

Research Specialisms

  • Clinical Medicine

Our research specialisms are based on the Higher Education Classification of Subjects (HECoS) which is HESA open data, published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence.


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  • Prognostic Value of Computed Tomography: Measured Parameters of Body Composition in Primary Operable Gastrointestinal Cancers

    Black, D., MacKay, C., Ramsay, G., Hamoodi, Z., Nanthakumaran, S., Park, K. G. M., Loudon, M., Richards, C. H.
    Annals of Surgical Oncology, vol. 24, no. 8, pp. 2241-2251
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • A Comparison of Tumour Characteristics and Oncological Outcomes in Patients with Screen-Detected and Symptomatic Colorectal Polyp Cancers

    Colleran, R., Ramsay, G., Mackay, C., Parnaby, C. N., Murray, G. I.
    American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons Annual Scientific and Tripartite Meeting 2017
    Contributions to Conferences: Posters
  • Locally advanced Caecal cancer. An opportunity for neoadjuvant chemotherapy?

    Saxena, P., Barrow, P., Ramsay, G., Samuel, L., Parnaby, C.
    American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons Annual Scientific and Tripartite Meeting 2017
    Contributions to Conferences: Posters
  • Teaching Quality Assurance methodology to undergraduate medical students: Unmasking another layer of the hidden curriculum

    Ramsay, G., Kumar, M.
    NHS Scotland Event 2017
    Contributions to Conferences: Posters
  • The prognostic role of Lymph Node Ratio (LNR) and other indicators in patients undergoing potentially curative rectal cancer resection

    MacLeod, C., Mackay, C., Ramsay, G., Murray, G. I., Parnaby, C.
    American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons Annual Scientific and Tripartite Meeting 2017
    Contributions to Conferences: Posters
  • Analysing the impact of introducing the WHO Checklist on in-hospital mortality in Scotland

    Ramsay, G., Haynes, A., Lipsitz, S., Leitch, J., Kumar, M.
    Contributions to Conferences: Other Contributions
  • The effect of trainee research collaboratives in the UK

    Nepogodiev, D., Chapman, S. J., Kolias, A. G., Fitzgerald, J. E., Lee, M., Blencowe, N. S., National Surgical Research Collaborative, Chari, A., Jamjoom, A., Kasivisvanathan, V., D'Auria, M., Nana, G. R., Sian, T., Sharma, N., Bhangu, A., Haddow, J., Symons, N. R., Kaptanis, S., Coe, P., Heywood, N. A., Harji, D., Shaban, F., van Boxel, G., Isherwood, J., Murphy, G., Young, K., Ramsay, G., Ventham, N. T., Ward, A., Drake, T. M., Glasbey, J., Khatri, C., Shalhoub, J., Harries, R. L., Stimpson, A., Bartlett, D., Griffiths, E., Marriott, P. J., Pinkney, T. D., Singh, P., Vohra, R. S., Wilkin, R.
    The Lancet Gastroenterology & Hepatology, vol. 2, no. 4, pp. 247-248
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Students' participation in collaborative research should be recognised

    Borakati, A., McLean, K., Drake, T. M., Harrison, E. M., Kamarajah, S. K., Khatri, C., Nepogodiev, D., Abbas, M., Abdalkoddus, M., Abdel-Fattah, A., Abdelgalil, R., Abdikadir, H., Adams, R., Adams, S., Adelaja, I., Adeogun, A., Adjei, H., Adlan, A., Adwan, H., Aeyad, S., Aftab, R., Afzul, A., Agarwal, V., Aglan, H., Agrawal, M., Agrawal, R., Ahmed, F., Akhtar, S., Akpenyi, O., Al-Attar, M., Al-Ausi, M., Anderson, R., Brown, R., Cole, S., Davies, G., Gallagher, M., Giovinazzo, F., Kelly, D., Lim, J., McDowell, M., McFarlane, G., Rahman, S., Ramsay, G., Shaikh, S., Simpson, W., Smith, J., Venturini, S., Walker, L., Watson, A., Wilson, A., STARSurg Collaborative
    International Journal of Surgery , vol. 39, pp. 234-237
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Prognostic value of lymph node ratio and extramural vascular invasion on survival for patients undergoing curative colon cancer resection

    Parnaby, C. N., Scott, N. W., Ramsay, G., MacKay, C., Samuel, L., Murray, G. I., Loudon, M. A.
    British Journal of Cancer, vol. 113, no. 2, pp. 212-219
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Intestinal intraepithelial lymphocyte activation promotes innate antiviral resistance

    Swamy, M., Abeler-Dörner, L., Chettle, J., Mahlakõiv, T., Goubau, D., Chakravarty, P., Ramsay, G., Reis e Sousa, C., Staeheli, P., Blacklaws, B. A., Heeney, J. L., Hayday, A. C.
    Nature Communications, vol. 6, 7090
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Environmental and metabolic sensors that control T cell biology

    Ramsay, G., Cantrell, D.
    Frontiers in Immunology, vol. 6, 99
    Contributions to Journals: Review articles
  • The Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor Nuclear Translocator in mucosal lymphocytes influences the host microbiome

    Ramsay, G., Swamy, M., Hall, L., Cantrell, D. A.
    Gut Microbiota Modulation of Host Physiology
    Contributions to Conferences: Posters
  • Reply to: Extralevator abdomino-perineal excision (ELAPE) or abdomino-sacral amputation of the rectum (ASAR): Revitalised approach for low rectal carcinoma described by Tadeusz Koszarowski in the 50s

    Ramsay, G., Mackay, C., Parnaby, C., Loudon, M.
    European Journal of Surgical Oncology, vol. 40, no. 7, pp. 907-907
    Contributions to Journals: Letters
  • Role of the aryl hydrocarbon receptor nuclear translocator in establishing lymphocyte and innate lymphoid cells of the intestinal tract and the skin

    Ramsay, G., Swamy, M., Rosenzweig, E., Cantrell, D. A.
    The Lancet, vol. 383, no. S88, pp. S88-S88
    Contributions to Journals: Abstracts
  • A national survey of attitudes to research in Scottish General Surgery Trainees

    Roxburgh, C. S., Richards, C. H., O'Neill, S., Ramsay, G., Velineni, R., Robson, A. J., Watt, D. G., Mittapalli, D., Milburn, J. A., Robertson, A. G., Jamieson, N. B., Scottish Surgical Research Group
    Scottish Medical Journal, vol. 59, no. 1, pp. 9-15
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Impact of the Scottish Bowel Cancer Screening Programme on patient and tumour characteristics at a single centre

    MacKay, C., Ramsay, G., Rafferty, A., Loudon, M.
    Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, vol. 20, no. 1, pp. 7-11
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Prognostic Value of Lymph Node Ratio and Extramural Vascular Invasion on Overall Survival for Patients Undergoing Curative Colon Cancer Resection

    Parnaby, C., Scott, N., Mackay, C., Ramsay, G., Guha, A., Samuel, L., Murray, G. I., Loudon, M.
    Tripartite Colorectal Meeting of the American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS), pp. 167
    Contributions to Journals: Abstracts
  • Analysis of outcome using a levator sparing technique of abdominoperineal excision of rectum and anus. Cylindrical ELAPE is not necessary in all patients

    Ramsay, G., Parnaby, C., Mackay, C., Hanlon, P., Ong, S., Loudon, M.
    European Journal of Surgical Oncology, vol. 39, no. 11, pp. 1219-1224
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Complications after laparoscopic and open subtotal colectomy for inflammatory colitis: A case-matched comparison

    Parnaby, C. N., Ramsay, G., Macleod, C. S., Hope, N. R., Jansen, J. O., Mcadam, T. K.
    Colorectal Disease, vol. 15, no. 11, pp. 1399-1405
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • B3 core biopsy suspicious of a papilloma: how should we proceed?

    Dawson, A. G., Ramsay, G., Gagliardi, T.
    International Journal of Surgery , vol. 11, no. 8, pp. 610
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • A highly selective approach to oesophagogastric cancer resections and its impact on post operative survival

    Ramsay, G., Yeap, E., Mackay, C., Park, K., Nanthakumaran, S.
    17th AUGIS Annual Scientific Meeting, pp. 46
    Contributions to Journals: Abstracts
  • Urgency of referral confers no impact on outcome gastric cancer patient

    Ramsay, G., Mackay, C., Yeap, E., Park, K., Nanthakumaran, S.
    17th AUGIS Annual Scientific Meeting, pp. 49
    Contributions to Journals: Abstracts
  • Immediate breast reconstruction using Bovine pericardium after skin sparing mastectomy

    Chaturvedi, S., Yeap, E., Ramsay, G.
    Association of Breast Surgery
    Contributions to Conferences: Abstracts
  • Immediate implant-based breast reconstruction using bovine pericardium (Veritas®) for optimal tissue regeneration

    Dawson, A., Ramsay, G., McKay, C., Chaturvedi, S.
    Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, vol. 95, no. 3, pp. 222-222
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • The Use of a Wound Protector as a Self Retaining Skin Retractor for Skin Sparing Mastectomy and Immediate Reconstruction

    Chaturvedi, S., Ramsay, G.
    Tropical Medicine and Surgery, vol. 1, no. 2, 1000112
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
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