David William Cranston MB, ChB, MA D. Phil. FRCS

Associate Professor of Surgery, Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences, University of Oxford

Honorary consultant urological surgeon Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Clinical Director High Intensity Focused Ultrasound Unit

Governing Body Fellow Green Templeton College Oxford


David Cranston qualified from Bristol University and carried out his postgraduate training in Exeter and Bath before moving to Oxford where he completed his DPhil in 1986 in transplantation research with Professor Sir Peter Morris and Professor Kathryn Wood.  He was appointed as consultant urological surgeon in 1991.


In 1992, he set up a research program with Professor Adrian Harris, Director of the Cancer Research UK unit in Oxford, investigating bladder and kidney cancer. Since 2001, he has been clinical director of the High Intensity Focused Ultrasound Unit in Oxford which, with colleagues in the UK and China, is looking into a novel way of treating cancer without surgery.


He has co-supervised 20 research fellows. He was elected a Governing Body Fellow of Green Templeton College in 2006. In 2007 he was involved with a colleague in founding the Oxford-based UCare charity to raise money for urological research and education. He is an author on over 100 publications and 18 book chapters. He was the first recipient of the Golden Cystoscope award in 2001 for a consultant within ten years of appointment who has made a significant contribution to British urology.


David Cranston wrote "John Radcliffe and his Legacy to Oxford" in 2014 illustrated by Valerie Petts for the 300th anniversary of John Radcliffe's death.