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Emeritus Professor Cliff Shearman BSc, MB BS, FRCS, MS

Professor of Vascular Surgery, Head of Wessex Postgraduate School of Surgery,Associate Medical Director Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust

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Professor Cliff Shearman is Professor of Vascular Surgery within Medicine at the University of Southampton.

Professor Shearman qualified from Guys Hospital Medical School London University and trained in vascular surgery in Birmingham. He was appointed as a senior lecturer/consultant vascular surgeon at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham in 1990. In 1994 he moved to Southampton as a NHS Consultant Vascular Surgeon and in 1999 was appointed to the Chair of Vascular Surgery at the University of Southampton.

Professor Shearman is vascular surgeon in a busy vascular unit which undertakes most vascular and endovascular treatments of arterial and venous disease. The unit serves a local population of 900,000 people. His research program is largely directed at determining factors that promote the progression of vascular disease, particularly in diabetes. These include environmental, genetic and haemodynamic factors, and how they might be modified to improve clinical outcomes.

Professor Shearman is Associate Medical Director for R and D in Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust. He was on the Council and Chairman of the Training and Education Committee of the Vascular Society of Great Britain and Ireland, and President of the Society (2009-10). He was appointed head of the Wessex Post Graduate School of Surgery in 2007.


BSc (1st) University of London (1976)
MB BS Guys Hospital Medical School, University of London (1979)
FRCS Royal College of Surgeons of England (1983)
Master of Surgery University of London (1989)

Appointments held

Senior Lecturer/Consultant Vascular Surgeon University of Birmingham 1990-1994

Consultant Vascular Surgeon/Hon Senior Lecturer Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust 1994-1999

 Professor of Vascular Surgery University of Southampton 1999-

Research interests

Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) is a powerful marker of cardiovascular risk The PAD Research Group has a track record of investigating factors determining the development and progression of arterial disease including nutritional, inherited and haemodynamic factors. In particular the group have examined the potential benefits of omega 3 fatty acids on atherosclerotic plaques and vascular endothelial function. The group has held grants form Ministry of food and fisheries (now DEFRA; £298,000, 2001) and Biotechnology and Biology and Science (£446,611; 2006) to examine the effect of national supplements on endothelial health and disease progression. Further work in this area was supported by Pronova (£300,000; 2008).

People with diabetes are particularly susceptible to develop PAD and it is a major cause of amputation in this group. We devised a new method of service delivery which resulted in a 60% reduction in amputation and cost savings of £1.3 million over 3 years.

Working with engineers we have modeled parts of the vascular system and used these models to predict the outcomes of therapeutic interventions. This work supported 2 successful PhD programs.

Current work includes identification of epigenetic markers of vascular disease and remote monitoring of the early indicators of skin damage in the feet of patients with diabetes, a risk factor for subsequent amputation.


Human Development and Health

Affiliate Department(s)

Human Development and Physiology

Postgraduate student supervision

Since 2006
3 PhD students:

VB Kolachalama (co-supervisor) awarded 2007
S Sonnenberg (main supervisor) awarded 2010
M Mansour (co-supervisor) awarded 2010

2 MD students

Neville Dastur (main supervisor) awarded 2009
Salim Ahmed submitted thesis in June 2010.

Faculty of Medicine

Southampton internal examiner PhD (2009x2, 2008, 2007)

National and International responsibilities

Foundation Tutor, Assigned Educational Supervisor Core Surgical Training
Undergraduate teaching in surgery (BM1,2,3,4,5)
External Examiner MSc Surgical Sciences Imperial College London
Quality assurance of postgraduate training in surgical specialties
BMA representative European Board of Vascular Surgery
External examiner MD; London (2010,2009, 2008, 2007), Galway 2009, Bristol (2010) Belfast 2008, Edinburgh (2008)
PhD Birmingham (2008), Oxford (2005)
Editorial Board Diabetic Foot Journal, Journal of lower extremity wounds, Thai Journal of Vascular Surgery

  • Postgraduate Surgical Training and Education
  • Undergraduate surgical teaching
  • Leadership training
  • Multi-professional training and education
Emeritus Professor Cliff Shearman
Faculty of Medicine, Room AB215, Mailpoint 801, South Academic Block, University Hospital Southampton, Tremona Road, Southampton, SO16 6YD

Room Number: SGH/WE/MP67


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