Mr Afshin Tavakoli – Kidneys for Life Chair of Trustees

Afshin was born in Shiraz-Iran. He then qualified in PÉCS Medical University and trained in General Surgery and Transplantation in the first department of surgery of PÉCS Medical University in Hungary. Moved to UK and worked at the Manchester Royal Infirmary since 01/01/2000. Appointed as MRI Consultant Transplant Surgeon in 2007. Have taken a major part in the development of Manchester’s evolving pancreatic transplant programme and the key member in development of the Unit’s DCD donor as well as Living Donor programme.

Key interests are Paediatric Transplantation, complex vascular access surgery and Organ Donation.

Currently the Clinical Leads for the following areas: Manchester Paediatric Transplant Program, Northwest Abdominal National Organ Retrieval Services (NORS), MRI Adult Theatres and Elective In Reach (TEIR)

Awarded: 2011/2012 Exceptional Medical Students Role Model and 2017/2018 Northwest School of Surgery Educator Excellence.

Afshin also founded the Student For Organ Donation Society (SFOD) which has now been renamed to Organ Donation and Transplant Surgery Society, a society within university of Manchester teaching organ donation awareness to university students and high schools.

Senior Honorary Lecturer of Manchester University

Ardent supporter of Kidneys for Life – he has taken part in a vast array of fundraising events from London to Paris cycles, Salsburg to Vienna cycle,  skydive, Challenging the Wild, Total Warrior and he looks forward to the 2022 Vienna to Budapest Cycle along as part of Team KFL.