Scope of surgical practice

Prof Chris Oliver 1) Honorary Professor Physical Activity for Health Research Centre, University of Edinburgh. 2) Specialist Consultant Trauma Orthopaedic and Hand/Wrist/Elbow Surgeon at Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh 3) Senior Consultant Hand Surgeon at Edinburgh Hand Surgery Clinic Shawfair Park Hospital & Murrayfield Hospital in Edinburgh, Scotland. Trained in London, Yorkshire, Oswestry, Seattle, USA and Oxford. Prof Chris Oliver Wikipedia page

He has run the Edinburgh Hand Surgery Clinic as a consultant led service since 1997. He has worked as Consultant at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh since 1997. He is the senior consultant in hand & wrist surgery in Edinburgh and Lothian. He accepts private patients worldwide.

Special interest in all hand and wrist conditions including: Dupuytren's contracture, hand sports related injuries, scaphoid fractures, carpal tunnel syndrome, wrist fracture, carpal instability, trigger finger, ganglions, DeQuervain's synovitis, total wrist replacement, chronic upper limb regional pain syndrome (CRPS) and complex conditions of the wrist and hand. Prof Oliver has devoted much of his non-clinical time to both surgical education and clinical research. He completed a research doctorate (DM) in pain and his thesis was published by the University of London. His academic qualifications are BSc (Hons), MB. BS, FRCS (Eng), FRCS (Tr and Orth), FRCS (Ed), FRCP (Ed), DMI RCSEd, FFSTEd, FRSA, DM. He was Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh 1997-2015. Past chairman of the Intercollegiate Committee for Basic Surgical Examinations (ICBSE which run the MRCS exam 2008-2011). Member of Council of The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (2002-2012). Retired Fellow of The British Society for Surgery of the Hand. He is a Fellow of the Faculty of Surgical Trainers of Royal College Surgeons of Edinburgh (FFSTEd).

Prof Oliver has contributed to over 400 publications and presentations on hand fracture management, physical activity, bionic hand technology and has led writing of chapters to a variety of leading postgraduate text books, written many invited articles in both the hand surgery literature and national media, published regularly in peer-reviewed specialty journals and produced educational websites. He continues to lecture regularly both in the UK and internationally and has recently quality assured examinations for Khartoum & Kuwait University Medical Schools. He has led professional surgical exams teams for the Royal Colleges in India, Hong Kong, Singapore, Oman, Kuwait, Malaysia and Sri Lanka.

Prof Oliver has been producing Medical Reports for cases of personal injury since 1995. His medico-legal practice is concerned with hand, wrist and elbow problems. Prepares reports for the pursuer (70%), defence (25%) and medical negligence (5%). He is trained and is available for Court appearances as an Expert Witness/Single Joint Expert.

He has a significant interest in treating professional and commuter cyclists after crashes. Prof Oliver has frequently appeared in the media in relation to cycling, tram accidents, obesity and physical activity issues. He was featured on the BBC2 Adventure Show in 2013 see Vimeo Video Prof OLiver has a special interest in obesity and has lost over 12 stone after gastric band surgery. He got fit again by cycling and has completed triathlons and cycled Lands’ End to John O’Groats 2010 and St Malo to Nice 2014. In 2013 Chris cycled from Los Angeles to Boston 3,415 miles.

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Edinburgh Hand Surgery Clinic, Spire Shawfair Park Hospital, 10 Easter Shawfair, Danderhall Edinburgh, Lothian GBR EH22 1FE View map Phone 0131 654 5600 Fax 0131 654 5687

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