Professor in Healthcare Ethics, Social Science & Systems in Health, University of Warwick

PhD, MA(thesis), BA(Hons)

+44 (0)2476 150347 

Project role: Co-Investigator

Lead investigator for: Organ and tissue donation – An ethical analysis of online sharing to prompt tissue donation.

Heather Draper is Professor in Healthcare Ethics at the University of Warwick. She is committed to interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary research. Her background is one of philosophical bioethics but she is also engaged in a number of projects employing empirical bioethics. This is an emerging methodology that collects and analyses bespoke data on areas of ethical interest – in Heather’s case generally using qualitative methods. The findings are then combined with more traditional ethical analysis to produce results that are grounded in the lived realities of those affected by the issue to hand. She researchers with a range of practitioners and researchers from other disciplines including clinicians and surgeons, biomedical scientists, social scientists, human rights lawyers, roboticists, and the UK medical military. She has an international reputation in the field of transplantation and donation ethics, and is widely published in this area. She is a member of the UK Donation Ethics Committee, NHS Blood and Transplant Deceased Donor Family Tissue Advisory Group and the Donation Committee, University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.

Full profile:

Recent relevant publications:

Moorlock G., Neuberger J., Bramhall .S and Draper H. An empirically informed analysis of the ethical issues surrounding split liver transplantation in the United Kingdom. Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics ( in press)

Moorlock, G., Ives J., and Draper, H.   Altruism in Organ Donation – An Unnecessary Requirement? Journal of Medical Ethics  28th March 2013 doi:10.1136/medethics-2012-100528

Thomas, E., Bramhall, S., Herington, J., and Draper, H.  Live liver donation, ethics and practitioners: “I’m between the two and if I don’t feel comfortable about this situation, I can’t proceed.”  Journal of Medical Ethics 27th March doi:10.1136/medethics-2012-101261. Paper version  2014 40(3): 157-162

Willis, D Draper, H. To make the unusual usual: is there an imperative to discuss organ donation with palliative care patients. International Journal of Palliative Nursing 2012; 18(1): 5-7

Moorlock, G., Draper, H; Bramhall, S. Liver transplantation using ‘donation after circulatory death’ donors: the ethics of managing the end of life care of potential donors to achieve organs suitable for transplantation. Clinical Ethics 2011; 6: 134-139

Draper, H (2007) ‘Gametes, consent and the point of no return.’ Human Fertility 10: 105-109

Chouhan, P, Draper, H (2003) ‘Mandated Choice for organ donation’ Journal of Medical Ethics 29: 157-162

Case studies

Draper, H, MacDiarmaid-Gordon, A, Strumidlo, L, Teuten, B, Updale, E (2007) ‘Case 8 Should non-medical circumstances determine whether a child is placed on the transplant register when there is a risk of wasting a scarce organ?’ Clinical Ethics 2: 166 – 172

Draper, H, MacDiarmaid-Gordon, A, Strumidlo, L, Teuten, B, Updale, E (2006) Case 4: Why can’t a dead mother donate a kidney to her son? Clinical Ethics 1: 183-190