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Dr Chris Oliver, Mr

UoE Honorary staff

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Willingness to take Ph.D. students: Yes

Physical Activity

Education / Academic qualification

1991Doctor of Medicine, Univ London, University of London
Development of surface electromyographic spectral analysis techniques for assessing paraspinal muscle function
Bachelor of Science, University College London, London, UK.
Intercalated BSc Degree
Bachelor of Surgery, University College London, London, UK.
Bachelor of Medicine, University College London, London, UK.

Professional Qualifications

Fellowship Faculty of Surgical Trainers of Royal College Surgeons Edinburgh, FFSTEd
Clinical Educator Program Level 2, CEP Level 2 - NHS Lothian/University of Edinburgh
Fellowship Royal College Physicians Edinburgh, FRCP Ed
Diploma in Medical Informatics , DMI RCSEd
Diploma in Medical Education - Univeirsty of Edinburgh, Dip ME
Surgical Fellowship, FRCS (Ed)
Advanced Trauma Life Support , ATLS
Intercollegiate Orthopaedic Surgical Fellowship, FRCS (Tr & Orth)
Surgical Fellowship, FRCS (Eng)

Area of Expertise

Research expertisePhysical Activity, Obesity, Trauma Orthopaedic Surgery, Hand Surgery, Wrist Surgery, Medical Informatics, Assessment of Surgery, Curriculum


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


Positions: 1) Honorary Professor Physical Activity for Health Research Centre (PAHRC), University of Edinburgh. 2) Specialist Consultant Trauma Orthopaedic and Hand/Wrist/Elbow Surgeon at Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.

Trained in London, Yorkshire, Oswestry, Seattle, USA and Oxford.

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 continues to lecture regularly both in the UK and internationally and 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. Prof Oliver acts as specialist medical adviser to a number of professional football and rugby clubs; Scottish Rugby Union and premiership footbal teams in Scotland. 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). In recent years Prof Oliver has raised over £130K for various charites after his cycling endurance rides.

My research in a nutshell

Currently major focus is development of medical undegraduate curriculum for physical activity in United Kingdom though PAHRC. But willing to support and investigate any aspect of physical activity that has a direct effect on patient outcomes,

Clinical Expertise and Specialisation

Consultant Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeon at Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Orthopaedic Trauma Unit. Specialist 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.

Research Groups

Physical Activity for Health Research Centre - PAHRC



Research activities & awards

  1. Prof Chris Oliver discusses Edinburgh tram track injuries BBC Scotland Radio and BBC Scotland News

    Activity: Public engagement and outreachMedia article or participation

  2. ukactive’s Edinburgh Promising Practice Regional Roadshow Physical Activity

    Activity: Participation in conference, seminar or training courseParticipation in conference

  3. Prof Chris Oliver discusses Edinburgh Close Pass Trial, making cycling safer? BBC Radio Scotland

    Activity: Public engagement and outreachMedia article or participation

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