Portrait of Professor David Leaper Professor David Leaper

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Biography

Professor David Leaper qualified from Leeds Medical School in 1970 MB ChB (with honours) and trained in general surgery in Leeds, Scarborough, King’s College and Westminster Hospitals in London with research periods as a Cancer Research Campaign Fellow and Medical Research Council Fellow. He has the Fellowship in Surgery of the Royal Colleges of Edinburgh, England and Glasgow. He has two higher degrees by thesis; MD and ChM and was awarded the Fellowship of the American College of Surgeons. He was appointed Senior Lecturer in Surgery at the University of Bristol (1981-1995), with Honorary Consultant status at the Bristol Royal Infirmary and Southmead Hospital in Bristol. He was Professor of Surgery at the University of Hong Kong (1988-1990) and the University of Newcastle upon Tyne (1995-2004), now Emeritus Professor, with Visiting Chair status at Imperial College, London and Southampton University. Professor Leaper was appointed as Professor of Clinical Sciences at the University of Huddersfield in 2013.

Research and Scholarship

Professor Leaper has developed surgical clinical expertise in colorectal and breast cancer, oncology and development of day case surgery. His research interests include surgical site infection, sepsis and critical care, wound healing, breast and colorectal cancer, computer-aided diagnosis, and surgical education and training. He has been an editor/reviewer for many journals, is a past president of the Surgical Infection Society of Europe and the European Wound Management Association and a past Hunterian Professor and a Zachary Cope lecturer at the Royal College of Surgeons of England. Professor Leaper has published over 10 books, 50 chapters and 500 original research, review papers and abstracts (over 200 on Medline). He is still active in research, with current projects running in Leicester, Cardiff and Vienna in the field of health care associated and surgical site infections. Professor Leaper is active with many societies and is an advisor and recognised teacher to several national and international, academic and Industry-linked projects.

Publications and Other Research Outputs

2017

Ousey, K., Lui, S., Stephenson, J., Edward, K., Walker, K., Duff, J. and Leaper, D. (2017) ‘The Value of Perioperative, Local and Systemic Warming to Prevent Surgical Site Infection: A Systematic Review and Meta-AnalysisJournal of Wound Care . ISSN 0969-0700

Edmiston, C. and Leaper, D. (2017) ‘The operating room environment’. In: Surgery: Core Principles and International Practice. : Jaypee Brothers Medical Publisher. . ISBN 9789351525233

Power, J., Leaper, D. and Harris, J. (2017) ‘Designing functional medical products for children with cancerInternational Journal of Fashion Design, Technology and Education . ISSN 1754-3266

2016

Assadian, O. and Leaper, D. (2016) ‘Preoperative skin antisepsis – it ain’t what you do but the way that you do itJournal of Hospital Infection , 94 (4), pp. 399-400. ISSN 0195-6701

Swanson, T., Angel, D., Sussman, G., Cooper, R., Haesler, E., Ousey, K., Carville, K., Fletcher, J., Kalan, L., Keast, D., Leaper, D., Schultz, G., Black, J. and Call, E. (2016) Wound infection in clinical practice : principles of best practice Wounds International

Assadian, O., Leaper, D., Kramer, A. and Ousey, K. (2016) ‘Can the design of glove dispensing boxes influence glove contamination?Journal of Hospital Infection , 94 (3), pp. 259-262. ISSN 0195-6701

Power, J., Harris, J. and Leaper, D. (2016) ‘Using QFD As A Method To Develop Functional Medical Products For Children With Cancer.’. In: The 90th Textile Institute World Conference, 25th – 28th April 2016, Poznan, Poland

2015

Dunnill, C., Patton, T., Brennan, J., Barrett, J., Dryden, M., Cooke, J., Leaper, D. and Georgopoulos, N. (2015) ‘Reactive oxygen species (ROS) and wound healing: the functional role of ROS and emerging ROS-modulating technologies for augmentation of the healing processInternational Wound Journal . ISSN 1742-4801

Edmiston, C., Lee, C., Krepel, C., Spencer, M., Leaper, D., Brown, K., Lewis, B., Rossi, P., Malinowski, M. and Seabrook, G. (2015) ‘Evidence for a Standardized Preadmission Showering Regimen to Achieve Maximal Antiseptic Skin Surface Concentrations of Chlorhexidine Gluconate, 4%, in Surgical PatientsJAMA Surgery . ISSN 2168-6254

Leaper, D., Assadian, O. and Edmiston, C. (2015) ‘Approach to chronic wound infectionsBritish Journal of Dermatology , 173 (2), pp. 351-358. ISSN 0007-0963

Tanner, J., Padley, W., Assadian, O., Leaper, D., Kiernan, M. and Edmiston, C. (2015) ‘Do surgical care bundles reduce the risk of surgical site infections in patients undergoing colorectal surgery? A systematic review and cohort meta-analysis of 8,515 patientsSurgery , 158 (1), pp. 66-77. ISSN 0039-6060

Power, J., Harris, J. and Leaper, D. (2015) ‘Improving everyday life experiences for young children with cancerDiscover .

Ousey, K., Roberts, C. and Leaper, D. (2015) ‘Silver containing dressings’. In: Functional biomaterials. : Woodhead Publishing. . ISBN 9781782424567

Assadian, O., Arnoldo, B., Purdue, G., Burris, A., Skrinjar, E., Duschek, N. and Leaper, D. (2015) ‘A prospective, randomised study of a novel transforming methacrylate dressing compared with a silver-containing sodium carboxymethylcellulose dressing on partial-thickness skin graft donor sites in burn patientsInternational Wound Journal , 12 (3), pp. 351-356. ISSN 1742-4801

Leaper, D., Tanner, J., Kiernan, M., Assadian, O. and Edmiston, C. (2015) ‘Surgical site infection: poor compliance with guidelines and care bundlesInternational Wound Journal , 12 (3), pp. 357-362. ISSN 1742-4801

Ousey, K., Edward, K., Lui, S., Stephenson, J., Duff, J., Walker, K. and Leaper, D. (2015) ‘Perioperative warming therapy for preventing surgical site infection in adults undergoing surgeryCochrane Database of Systematic Reviews . ISSN 1464-780X

Assadian, O., Arnoldo, B., Purdue, G., Burris, A., Skrinjar, E., Duschek, N. and Leaper, D. (2015) ‘A prospective, randomised study of a novel transforming methacrylate dressing compared with a silver-containing sodium carboxymethylcellulose dressing on partial-thickness skin graft donor sites in burn patientsInternational Wound Journal , 12 (3), pp. 351-356. ISSN 1742-4801

Edmiston, C., Assadian, O., Spencer, M., Olmsted, R., Barnes, S. and Leaper, D. (2015) ‘To Bathe or Not to Bathe With Chlorhexidine Gluconate: Is It Time to Take a Stand for Preadmission Bathing and Cleansing?AORN Journal , 101 (5), pp. 529-538. ISSN 0001-2092

Leaper, D. and Ousey, K. (2015) ‘Evidence update on prevention of surgical site infectionCurrent Opinion in Clinical Infectious diseases , 28 (2), pp. 158-163. ISSN 1473-6527

Pokorn�, A. and Leaper, D. (2015) ‘Assessment and documentation of non-healing, chronic wounds in inpatient health care facilities in the Czech Republic: an evaluation studyInternational Wound Journal , 12 (2), pp. 224-231. ISSN 1742-4801

2014

Edmiston, C., Krepel, C., Leaper, D., Ledeboer, N., Mackey, T., Graham, M., Lee, C., Rossi, P., Brown, K., Lewis, B. and Seabrook, G. (2014) ‘Antimicrobial Activity of Ceftaroline and Other Anti-Infective Agents against Microbial Pathogens Recovered from the Surgical Intensive Care Patient Population: A Prevalence AnalysisSurgical Infections , 15 (6), pp. 745-751. ISSN 1096-2964

Edmiston, C., McBain, A., Roberts, C. and Leaper, D. (2014) ‘Clinical and Microbiological Aspects of Biofilm-Associated Surgical Site Infections’. In: Biofilm-based Healthcare-associated Infections. : Springer. pp. 47-67. ISBN 9783319110387

Edmiston, C., McBain, A., Roberts, C. and Leaper, D. (2014) ‘Clinical and Microbiological Aspects of Biofilm-Associated Surgical Site InfectionsAdvances in Experimental Medicine and Biology , 830, pp. 47-67. ISSN 0065-2598

Ousey, K., Leaper, D., Milne, J. and Cawthorne, J. (2014) ‘Specialist tissue viability services: a priority or a luxury?Wounds UK , 10 (3), pp. 10-14. ISSN 1746-6814

Wood, A., Moss, C., Keenan, A., Reed, M. and Leaper, D. (2014) ‘Infection control hazards associated with the use of forced-air warming in operating theatresJournal of Hospital Infection , 88 (3), pp. 132-140. ISSN 0195-6701

Jemec, G., Kerihuel, J., Ousey, K., Lauem�ller, S. and Leaper, D. (2014) ‘Cost-Effective Use of Silver Dressings for the Treatment of Hard-to-Heal Chronic Venous Leg Ulcers.PLoS ONE , 9 (6), p. e100582. ISSN 1932-6203

Soyer, H., Jemec, G., Kerihuel, J., Ousey, K., Lauem�ller, S. and Leaper, D. (2014) ‘Cost-Effective Use of Silver Dressings for the Treatment of Hard-to-Heal Chronic Venous Leg UlcersPLoS ONE , 9 (6), p. e100582. ISSN 1932-6203

Daoud, F., Edmiston, C. and Leaper, D. (2014) ‘Meta-Analysis of Prevention of Surgical Site Infections following Incision Closure with Triclosan-Coated Sutures: Robustness to New EvidenceSurgical Infections , 15 (3), pp. 165-181. ISSN 1096-2964

Assadian, O., Kramer, A., Ouriel, K., Suchomel, M., McLaws, M., Rottman, M., Leaper, D. and Assadian, A. (2014) ‘Suppression of Surgeons' Bacterial Hand Flora during Surgical Procedures with a New Antimicrobial Surgical GloveSurgical Infections , 15 (1), pp. 43-49. ISSN 1096-2964

Edmiston, C., Daoud, F. and Leaper, D. (2014) ‘Letter to the editor: Is there an evidence-based argument for embracing an antimicrobial (triclosan)-coated suture technology to reduce the risk for surgical-site infections? A meta-analysisSurgery , 155 (2), pp. 362-363. ISSN 0039-6060

Kiernan, M. and Leaper, D. (2014) ‘Healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs): The magnitude of the problemEWMA Journal , 14 (2), pp. 35-37. ISSN 1609-2759

2013

Leaper, D., Fry, D. and Assadian, O. (2013) ‘Perspectives in Prevention and Treatment of Surgical Site Infection – a narrative review of the literatureWounds , 25 (11). ISSN 1044-7946

Edmiston, C., Leaper, D. and Kiernan, M. (2013) ‘The Yin and Yang of pre-operative screening for meticillin resistant and sensitive Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA and MSSA): Does the extra effort and cost of suppression reduce surgical site infections?Wound Medicine , 1, pp. 7-12. ISSN 2213-9095

Brandner, J., Leaper, D., M�nter, C., Meaume, S., Scalise, A., Momp�, N., Jakobsen, B. and Gottrup, F. (2013) ‘The Use of Biatain Ag in Hard-to-Heal Venous Leg Ulcers: Meta-Analysis of Randomised Controlled TrialsPLoS ONE , 8 (7), p. 67083. ISSN 1932-6203

Tanner, J., Kiernan, M., Leaper, D. and Baggott, R. (2013) ‘Reliable surgical site infection surveillance with robust validation is requiredJournal of Hospital Infection , 84 (3), p. 270. ISSN 0195-6701

Edmiston, C., Daoud, F. and Leaper, D. (2013) ‘Is there an evidence-based argument for embracing an antimicrobial (triclosan)-coated suture technology to reduce the risk for surgical-site infections?: A meta-analysisSurgery , 154 (1), pp. 89-100. ISSN 0039-6060

Leaper, D., Collier, M., Farrington, M., Gould, K., Kiernan, M., Reed, M. and Tanner, J. (2013) Surgical site infection: Evidence Update National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)

Forstner, C., Leitgeb, J., Schuster, R., Dosch, V., Kramer, A., Cutting, K., Leaper, D. and Assadian, O. (2013) ‘Bacterial Growth Kinetics under a Novel Flexible Methacrylate Dressing Serving as a Drug Delivery Vehicle for AntisepticsInternational Journal of Molecular Sciences , 14 (5), pp. 10582-10590. ISSN 1422-0067

Leaper, D (2013) ‘Antimicrobial surgical sutures : importance in modern surgery’. In: Antiseptics in Surgery - Update 2013: Scientific based, Indication for Use, Evidence Based Recommendations, Vacuum instillation Therapy. : Lindqvist Book Publishing. pp. 155-163. ISBN 9783981192506

Leaper, D (2013) ‘Silver dressings : their role in treatment of acute infected wounds’. In: Antiseptics in Surgery - Update 2013: Scientific based, Indication for Use, Evidence Based Recommendations, Vacuum instillation Therapy. : Lindqvist Book Publishing. pp. 151-154. ISBN 9783981192506

Leaper, D., Tanner, J. and Kiernan, M. (2013) ‘Surveillance of surgical site infection: more accurate definitions and intensive recording neededJournal of Hospital Infection , 83 (2), pp. 83-86. ISSN 0195-6701

Tanner, J., Padley, W., Kiernan, M., Leaper, D., Norrie, P. and Baggott, R. (2013) ‘A benchmark too far: findings from a national survey of surgical site infection surveillanceJournal of Hospital Infection , 83 (2), pp. 87-91. ISSN 0195-6701

Assadian, O., Arnoldo, B., Purdue, G., Burris, A., Skrinjar, E., Duschek, N. and Leaper, D. (2013) ‘A prospective, randomised study of a novel transforming methacrylate dressing compared with a silver-containing sodium carboxymethylcellulose dressing on partial-thickness skin graft donor sites in burn patientsInternational Wound Journal . ISSN 1742-4801

2012

Leaper, D., Schultz, G., Carville, K., Fletcher, J., Swanson, T. and Drake, R. (2012) ‘Extending the TIME concept: what have we learned in the past 10 years?*International Wound Journal , 9 (s2), pp. 1-19. ISSN 1742-4801

Leaper, D., Ousey, K., Barrett, S., Roberts, C. and Guest, J. (2012) ‘Wounds UK debate: Dressing choice - What's the X-Factor?Wounds UK , 8 (1). ISSN 1746-6814

2011

Williams, N., Sweetland, H., Goyal, S., Ivins, N. and Leaper, D. (2011) ‘Randomized Trial of Antimicrobial-Coated Sutures To Prevent Surgical Site Infection after Breast Cancer Surgery*Surgical Infections , 12 (6), pp. 469-474. ISSN 1096-2964

2009

Kumar, S., Wong, P. and Leaper, D. (2009) ‘Intra-peritoneal prophylactic agents for preventing adhesions and adhesive intestinal obstruction after non-gynaecological abdominal surgeryCochrane Database of Systematic Reviews . ISSN 1469-493X

2008

Collier, M., Evans, D., Farrington, M., Gibbs, E., Gould, K., Jenkinson, H., Kitson, K., Leaper, D., Thompson, M., Wilson, J., Black, J., Jones, A., Nicholson, G., Burman-Roy, S., Cullen, K., Gautam-Aitken, E., Jacklin, P., Palanca, A., Peston, E., Rehman, R., Welsh, A., Whittle, M. and Worster, D. (2008) Surgical site infections: prevention and treatment NICE

Esteem

Professor Leaper is a past member of the Court of Examiners of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and subsequently an examiner for the Intercollegiate Fellowship and external examiner for other undergraduate and postgraduate examinations (Oxford and Imperial College, London for MBBS). He instigated the 'Care of the Critically Ill Surgical Patient' course (CCrISP), is a past programme director of surgical training (Northern Deanery) and served on the Specialist Advisory Board in general surgery. Professor Leaper was Chair of the NICE guideline development group on SSI (published 2008 and updated 2013), was a member of the Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infection advisory committee (2007-2013) and is a Fellow of the Linnaean Society. He is a manuscript reviewer for over 40 journals (many still active) and a member of the editorial boards of over 20 journals (some still current).

Research Degree Supervision

Advisor/supervisor to over 50 Master’s and Doctoral theses.

Enterprise Activities

Clinical advisor to several government health departments and committees and industry (most still active).

Administrative Responsibilities

Chairman to approximately 5-10 national/international meetings each year for over 30 years. Many societies still active.