Chris Oliver (surgeon)

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Christopher William Oliver
Forest Gate, London, England
Academic background
Alma materUniversity College Hospital, University College London
Academic work
InstitutionsUniversity of Edinburgh, Napier University

Chris Oliver Edinburgh orthopaedic surgeon/professor. King James IV Professor Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh 2019-20.[1] Associate Research Fellow, School of Engineering and Built Environment, Transport Research Institute, Edinburgh Napier University 2018-.[2] Honorary Professor in Physical Activity for Health at the Physical Activity for Health Research Centre, University of Edinburgh 2015-2018.[3] Consultant Trauma Orthopaedic and Hand Surgeon at Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh 1997-2017.


In 1992, Oliver completed a doctorate (MD) from University College London in spinal muscle physiology and artificial intelligence.[4]


Oliver retired in 2018 from the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh as a Consultant Trauma Orthopaedic Surgeon in the Department of Trauma and Orthopaedics, University of Edinburgh.[5] Career was profiled by the British Medical Journal, Careers in July 2018.[6]

Between 2015-2018 he was honorary Professor of Physical Activity for Health to Physical Activity for Health Research Centre (PAHRC) at the University of Edinburgh.[7]

In October 2016, along with other academics, he signed a letter to the Medical Schools Council and the General Medical Council to highlight the lack of lifestyle education in undergraduate medical curricula across the United Kingdom.[8][9]

Published work[edit]

Oliver claims to have authored over 400 publications and presentations. He written about medical informatics, assessment in medical education, physical activity and orthopaedic surgery.[10][11]

He was a section editor in the multi-author major trauma section of "Oxford Textbook of Fundamentals of Surgery"[12] published in July 2016.

Personal life[edit]

Oliver gained excessive weight during his adult life and at his heaviest was 171 kg (27 stone). In February 2007 he had a LapBand fitted laparascopically and by 2011 his weight reduced to 102 kg (12 stone).[13] In 2014 the band snapped and it was later removed.[14] In November 2020 he had an endoscopic gastric bypass.

Oliver is an avid endurance cyclist. In 2013 he cycled 3415 miles from Los Angeles to Boston, USA with his daughter Catherine.[15]


  1. ^ "Awards and Medals | The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh". The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
  2. ^ yvonnelawrie (4 February 2019). "Chris Oliver - appointed Associate Research Fellow at TRI". Transport Research Institute. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  3. ^ "Chris Oliver, University of Edinburgh Research Explorer". University of Edinburgh. University of Edinburgh. Retrieved 4 December 2019.
  4. ^ "Edinburgh Research Explorer: Development of surface electromyographic spectral analysis techniques for assessing paraspinal muscle function". Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  5. ^ "Department of Orthopaedics and Trauma - The University of Edinburgh". 18 July 2016. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  6. ^ O’Dowd, Adrian (31 May 2018). "Chris Oliver: from orthopaedic surgeon to fitness professor". BMJ. 361: k1768. doi:10.1136/bmj.k1768. ISSN 0959-8138. PMID 29853632.
  7. ^ "Honorary Professor: Chris Oliver" (Press release). University of Edinburgh. 16 October 2015. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  8. ^ Campbell, Denis (19 October 2016). "Doctors 'know too little about nutrition and exercise'". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  9. ^ Buchan, Lizzy (19 October 2016). "Future doctors need training on exercise and nutrition". The Scotsman. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  10. ^ "Christopher W Oliver (The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh) on ResearchGate - Expertise: Teacher Education, Curriculum Theory, Adult Education".
  11. ^ "Prof Christopher W Oliver (0000-0003-1331-6429) - ORCID - Connecting Research and Researchers". Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  12. ^ Thomas, William; Reed, Malcolm W. R.; Wyatt, Michael G. (July 2016). Oxford Textbook of Fundamentals of Surgery. United Kingdom: Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/med/9780199665549.001.0001. ISBN 978-0199665549.
  13. ^ "Tipping the scales: Edinburgh surgeon fights off 'super-obesity'". The Scotsman. 14 April 2011. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  14. ^ "The Road to Fitness". Surgeon's News. Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh (September 2017): 34–35.
  15. ^ Oliver, Chris (18 July 2013). "From Los Angeles to Boston: an epic ride across the United States". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 December 2017.

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