Arm, Elbow, Hand and Wrist
Arthritis, Deformity, Disability, Independent Medical Examinations, Osteoporosis, Pain, Rehabilitation, Sports Medicine, Trauma/Fractures, Hand and Elbow Surgery
Scope of surgical practice
Mr Chris Oliver is a Specialist Consultant Trauma Orthopaedic and Hand/Wrist/Elbow Surgeon at Shawfair Park Hospital in Edinburgh, Scotland. Trained in Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery; specialist interest in Hand, Wrist & Elbow surgery in London, Yorkshire, Oswestry, Seattle, USA and Oxford. Mr Oliver has worked in Edinburgh since 1997.
He has a special interest in Dupuytren's contracture, hand sports related injuries, scaphoid fractures, carpal tunnel syndrome, carpal instability, trigger finger, ganglions, DeQuervain's synovitis, chronic upper limb regional pain syndrome (CRPS) and complex conditions of the wrist and hand. Mr Oliver is trained in the use of collagenase (Xiapex) injection for the treatment of Dupuytren's contracture disease. See media article about one of Mr Oliver's Xiapex patients
Mr 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 (Edin), DMI RCSEd, FFSTEd. DM. He is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh. 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). Fellow of The British Society for Surgery of the Hand.
He has contributed to over 400 publications and presentations. He has written on hand fracture management, bionic hand technology and has contributed several 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 Kuwait University Medical School. In the last year he has taught surgery in Sudan and Hong Kong. Mr Oliver acts as specialist medical adviser to a number of professional football clubs, the Scottish Rugby Union, Premiership Rugby Union in Scotland. He is medical officer to The England Surf Kayak Team.
In 2013 Chris Oliver became Scottish Councillor to the Cyclists' Touring Club. Chris has a significant interest in treating cyclists after crashes. Chris appeared on the BBC2 Adventure Show in 2013 talking about weight loss, cycling and getting active see Vimeo Video Chris 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. In 2013 Chris cycled from Los Angeles to Boston 3,415 miles. You can follow his cycling life on Twitter @cyclingsurgeon
Mr Oliver has been producing Medical Reports for cases of personal injury since 1995. His medicolegal practice is now almost extensively concerned with hand, wrist and elbow problems. Member of the UK Register of Expert Witnesses and refereed expert by the Law Society of Scotland. 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.
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