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Dr Trevor Stammers

Reader in Bioethics

About Research Media

Dr Stammers has been Programme Director in Bioethics and Medical law between 2010-2016. He also teaches bioethics, philosophy of health and issues in science and religion in the BA Philosophy programme.

He is a writer and occasional broadcaster on bioethical issues and was previously in clinical practice for over thirty years.

Academic and Professional Qualifications:

  • PGCHE 2010 (with distinction)
  • MA (with distinction) 2008
  • FRCGP (by nomination) 2005
  • Dip Psych. Addictive Behaviour 1999
  • MRCGP 1985
  • FP Cert 1984
  • DRCOG 1982
  • MB BS 1980
  • BSc (Microbiology Upper 2nd) 1977 


Main Areas of Research / Scholarship:

  • Ethics of acquisition, donation and transplantation of organs (2010)
  • Metaphysics of sex (2006)
  • Sexual health and STIs in general practice (1995-2006)
  • Rheumatology (1993-1995)

External Involvement (Consultancy / Professional Bodies / External Examining):

  • Editor of Human Reproduction and Genetic Ethics 2012
  • Reviewer for Journal of Medical Ethics 2009 – date
  • Reviewer for BMJ 2006-date
  • Reviewer for BJGP 2004-date
  • RCOG Examiner 2004-2007
  • BMA panel of experts on sexual health 1999 – date 


  • Secularism Chapter 11 (with Stephen Bullivant) in The Oxford Textbook of Spirituality in Healthcare OUP 2012
  • Saving Sex Authentic Media 2006 (2nd edition 2008) 


  • Ward K Religion and Human Fulfilment Pastoral Review July/Aug 2009 94-5
  • Polkinghorne J Theology in the Context of Science Pastoral Review Sept/Oct 2009 96-7
  • Banks S, Gallagher A Ethics and Professional Life Nursing Ethics Sept 2009 671-2 


  • The Hand of God BMJ 2011 243: 755 • Why Emergency Contraception remains controversial Southern Medical Journal 2009 1002: 5-7 (with David Jones)
  • Presuming Consent Catholic Medical Quarterly Winter 2008 (with David Jones)
  • Sexual health in adolescents BMJ 2007 334 103-4
  • Easy as ABC? Postgrad Med J 2005
  • Abstinence under fire Postgrad Med J 2003 79 365-6
  • Teenage pregnancies are influenced by family structure (letter) BMJ 2002 324 :51
  • Abstinence, monogamy, and sex. (letter) Lancet 2002 360: 1792
  • A question of confidence BMJ 2001 323: 674
  • Emergency contraception from pharmacists misses opportunity (letter) BMJ 2001 322:1245
  • Do condoms prevent non-HIV STIs? (letter) Br J Gen Practice 2001 51: 229 

Conference Presentations / Performances / Radio Broadcasts:

  • Feb 2012 BBC South on local news on assisted dying case in Southampton
  • Oct 2010 Channel Four 4 Thought on abortion
  • Oct 2008 Appearance on BBC Breakfast on sex education in primary schools
  • Oct 2008 Interview on LBC on Hannah Jones case
  • Sept 2008 Appearance on Channel 4 TV series on sex education

Conferences and Courses Attended:

  • CUP 2nd Conference of Bioethical Teachers, Paris 12-14th April 2012 

Find an expert

Areas of expertise: Medical ethics, organ donation and transplantation ethics, euthanasia and asssisted suicide, gene editing, 3 parent IVF

Dr Trevor Stammers has done hundreds of interviews on radio and television over the past thirty years on a wide range of bioethical topics from cryopreservation of bodies to ectogenesis (gestating babies outside a mother's womb). Dr Stammers has written chapters for both Cambridge and Oxford University Press on conscientious objection in medicine, organ donation euthanasia and organ markets and organ trafficking. He is also the Editor-In-Chief of The New Bioethics.

Media Experience: Radio interview, recorded/live/Skype TV interview, quote/interview for news/magazine article, blog, newspaper column, editorial

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