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Prof Chris Oliver BSc (Hons), MB. BS, FRCS (Eng), FRCS (Tr and Orth), FRCS (Ed), FRCP (Ed), DMI RCSEd, FFSTEd, FRSA, DM.


King James IV Professor Royal College Surgeons of Edinburgh 2018-2020

Honorary Professor Physical Activity for Health Research Centre (PAHRC), University of Edinburgh. 2015-18.

Consultant Trauma Orthopaedic Surgeon at Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. 1997-18. Trained in London, Yorkshire, Oswestry, Seattle, USA and Oxford.

Associate Research Fellow Transport Research Institute, Edinburgh Napier University. 2018-21.



Prof Oliver has contributed to over 400 publications and presentations on hand fracture management, physical activity, bionic hand technology, medical informatics 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 appeared in national media. He has published regularly in peer-reviewed specialty journals and produced educational websites. He has an interest in prediction of longevity and active ageing. He has quality assured surgical examinations in Khartoum & Kuwait University Medical Schools. He has led professional surgical exams teams for the Royal Colleges to India, Hong Kong, Singapore, Oman, Kuwait, Malaysia and Sri Lanka. He has been a keen expedition whitewater kayaker and has paddled; The Grand Canyon (USA), Sun Kosi (Nepal) and Dragmen Chuu (Bhutan). He is a keen cyclist and has rode; LEJOG (2009), Los Angeles to Boston (2013), St Malo to Nice (2014) , Kurdistan Golden Triangle (2015).

Clinical Expertise and Specialisation

Retired from General Medical Council Register September 2021.





  • Bringing Back the Beauty: Historic Fife fishing boat to be restored in the East Neuk. The Courier. 7th December 2019.
  • Appeal launched to bring back beauty of historic fishing boat as she returns to Fife. Scotsman. 6th December 2019.
  • Reflecting on an “incedible year” at CyclingUk Scot AGM. Cycling UK Scot blog. 21st November 2019.
  • 1: There’s parking in cycle lanes and there’s parking in cycle lanes. 2: Jeremy Vine has passed comment on the car parked in a cycle lane we posted earlier. 21st November 2019.
  • Careers in Sports and Exercise Medicine. Royal Medical Society. Edinburgh. Edinburgh Sports and Exercise Medicine Society. 18th November 2019.
  • Lessons learnt from being a cycle campaigner. Pecha Kucha, Cycling UK Scotland AGM. 8th November 2019.
  • How physically active are you meant to be? Scottish Men’s Shed Association Newsletter. 6th November 2019.
  • Is Twitter a good platform for cyclists? Pedal and Tring, Tring Blog. India. 31st October 2019.
  • Weight change across adulthood in relation to all cause and cause specific mortality. Good Morning Scotland BBC Radio Scotland 18th October 2019.
  • Edinburgh cycling campaigner @CyclingSurgeon   calls for 20mph speed limit to protect riders — and gets a sadly predictable response from readers of the newspaper which published his appeal. Twitter by Jeremy Vine. 30th September 2019.
  • Edinburgh cycling campaigner’s call for 20mph speed limit to protect riders gets a sadly predictable response from newspaper’s readers. 30th September 2019.
  • Evening News readers respond to a cyclist’s hard-hitting views on safety. Edinburgh Evening News. 30th September 2019.
  • Lower road speeds can help to save more cyclists’ lives – Prof Chris Oliver. Invited Platform opinion. Edinburgh Evening News. 30th September 2019.
  • Medical issues surrounding vibration exposure & chronic pain. Plenary lecture. 54th UK Conference on Human Vibration. Edinburgh Napier University. 24th September 2019.
  • Helen McArdle: We thought medicine was quite clean of fake news. The Herald. 18th September 2019.
  • Science journals encouraging ‘fake news’ by distorting clinical trial results, says professor. The Herald. 16th September 2019.
  • Now you see it… Prof Chris Oliver’s King James IV, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh professorial lecture in SurgeonsNews. 1st September 2019.  Pages 28-32 ResearchGate store references. 
  • Poor road surfaces expose cyclists to vibration-related injuries, research finds. .28th August 2019.
  • Cyclists: Uneven roads and potholes are causing back pain, nerve damage and spinal problems. Transport Research Institute Blog, Edinburgh Napier University.  27th August 2019.
  • Cyclists: Why uneven roads and potholes are endangering your health. The Herald. 26th August 2019.
  • Smugling og fiskiskapur partur av søguni. Faroes television. 20th August 2019.
  • Tenement bike storage traumas tackled – Edinburgh Napier Transport Research Institute Blog. 27th July 2019.
  • Edinburgh tram tracks held to be direct cause of injury to cyclists. Weightmans Solicitors News. 5th July 2019.
  • Edinburgh cyclists win damages over injuries caused by tram tracks. The Guardian. 28th June 2019.
  • Cyclists win first two cases following Edinburgh tram track falls. 28th June 2019.
  • Andy Murray’s return to tennis with his resurfacing hip replacement; role of hip replacement surgery, possible complications and expected outcomes. Call Kaye. BBC Radio Scotland. 25th June 2019.
  • Leading on the Frontline: Surgery #CivilServiceLive. Transformative Leadership. Presentation to UK Civil Service at Edinburgh International Conference Centre. Edinburgh 4th June 2019.
  • Plea for speed limit reductions to help save lives of cyclists. The National. 26th May 2019.
  • Cyclist sues Edinburgh Trams and city council after tram track fall – and more cases could follow if she wins 17th May 2019.
  • Scottish government tells campaigners it won’t back default 20mph speed limit. 14th May 2019.
  • Scottish Government refuses to back nationwide 20mph speed limits in built-up areas. The Scotsman. 14th May 2019.
  • Amsterdam-style cycling could transform Scotland – Alastair Dalton. The Scotsman. 10th May 2019.
  • Event highlights plans for shared path in Fife. Fife Today 10th May 2019.
  • With a climate emergency what is needed in urban transport is transformational change – nothing less. Transport Research Institute blog with Prof Adrian Davis. 9th May 2019.
  • Scotland needs to invest in active travel to help tackle climate emergency, urge professors. blog. 8th May 2019.
  • How cycling can transform Scotland’s cities. Opinion Platform by Profs Adrian Davis and Chris Oliver. The Scotsman.Edinburgh Evening News. ResearchGate (pdf file). 8th May 2019.
  • Wee unicorns got on their bikes today.  Edinburgh Reporter. 22nd March 2019.
  • Improving data visualisation, information and knowledge transfer for surgeons. The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh King James IV Professorial Lecture. Product Forge Hackathon. Edinburgh. Lecture 22nd Feb 2019. Prof Chris Oliver mentored teams during the Product Forge Digital Health Hackathon and one of the teams mentored ScalPal  won the overall first team place at the event.
  • Chris Oliver appointed Associate Research Fellow at TRI. Transport Research Institute Edinburgh Napier University Blog. 5th Feb 2019.
  • A student partnership project to enhance curriculum development in medical education. Teaching Matters, University of Edinburgh Blog. 4th Feb 2019.
  • Why everyone hates this “Fit after 50 article” Barbend. 28th Jan 2019.
  • CycleLaw Scotland’s Tandem Challenge raises funds for Scottish Air Ambulance whilst fostering trust, teamwork and communication. CycleLaw Press Release.  23rd January 2019.












Research Groups

Physical Activity for Health Research Centre - PAHRC


Prof Chris Oliver Professional Website

Education/Academic qualification

MD, Doctor of Medicine, Development of surface electromyographic spectral analysis techniques for assessing paraspinal muscle function, Univ London, University of London

Feb 1991Jul 1995

Award Date: 1 Jul 1995

Surgery, Bachelor of Surgery, Surgery, University College London

Award Date: 1 Feb 1985

Medicine, Bachelor of Medicine, MB, University College London

Award Date: 1 Feb 1985

Neurophysiology, Bachelor of Science, Intercalated BSc Degree, University College London

Award Date: 31 Jul 1981

External positions

Director, Edinburgh and Lothians Greenspace Trust

14 Dec 201615 Jul 2020

Member Cross Party Group on Sport and Active Living, Scottish Parliament

20 Nov 20161 Nov 2017

Board Member, Drug, Alcohol & Psychotherapies Ltd (Fife), DAPL

1 Sept 201610 May 2020

Member Health and Social Care Physical Activity Delivery Group, NHS Health Scotland

1 Sept 20153 Nov 2017

Chairman RoadShare - protecting vulnerable road users, RoadShare


National Council Member Cyclists' Touring Club, Cyclists' Touring Club


Chairman Cyclists' Touring Club Scotland, Cyclists' Touring Club (CTC)


Member of PMETB Curriculum Program Panel for Syllabus Review of the Surgical Specialities, Postgraduate Medical Education Training Board


Chairman MRCS Exams, Intercollegiate Committee Basic Surgical Examinations

Oct 2008Oct 2011

Coconvener of Examinations Royal College Surgeons of Edinburgh, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh


Surgical Chairman representing Royal College Surgeons Edinburgh, Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Groups (SIGN)


Chairman AO Fracture Fixation Courses Edinburgh, AO Foundation


Director Royal College Surgeons Edinburgh Heritage Trust Board, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh


Member of Council, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

Nov 2002Nov 2012

Adviser to Internet Communication Committee., American Academy Orthopaedic Surgeons


Director of the Faculty of Medical Informatics at Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh


Consultant Trauma Orthopaedic Hand Surgeon, Royal Infirmary Edinburgh

7 Apr 199727 Apr 2018


  • RD Surgery
  • Physical activity
  • obesity
  • Public Health
  • transport
  • AS Academies and learned societies (General)
  • Health
  • QM Human anatomy
  • hand
  • wrist


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