Mark Davenport was born in the North West of England and qualified in medicine in 1981 from the University of Leeds with surgical training at Leeds, Sheffield and Manchester before arriving finally in London in 1989. He has a postgraduate research degree (ChM) awarded from the University of Leeds for experimental work on liver transplantation & organ preservation. He was appointed as a consultant paediatric surgeon at Kings College Hospital in 1994. His main clinical interests are hepatobiliary diseases such as biliary atresia and choledochal malformations with research supported by the Institute of Liver Studies and antenatally diagnosed surgical malformations (e.g. gastroschisis, diaphragmatic hernia and short bowel syndrome). He runs the Biliary Atresia national consortium registry for England & Wales. Since 2008 he has been honored with a professorial Chair in Paediatric Surgery from Kings College, University of London.
He actively promotes medical writing and has published two editions of two textbooks on general paediatric surgery and the 8th edition of the popular Rob & Smith’s
Operative Pediatric Surgery. He has also edited an international multi-author specialist book on paediatric liver and pancreatic disease published in 2017 and written over 300 predominantly research orientated papers and reviews together with over 50 chapters on a variety of surgical topics. He is the current UK editor of the Journal of
Pediatric Surgery. He was elected President of the British Association of Paediatric Surgeons (BAPS) for 2016-18.