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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

1989Surgical Fellowship, FRCS (Eng)
1995Intercollegiate Orthopaedic Surgical Fellowship, FRCS (Tr & Orth)
1997Advanced Trauma Life Support , ATLS
1998Surgical Fellowship, FRCS (Ed)
2001Diploma in Medical Education - University of Edinburgh, Dip ME
2001Diploma in Medical Informatics , DMI RCSEd
2003Fellowship Royal College Physicians Edinburgh, FRCP Ed
2014Clinical Educator Program Level 2, CEP Level 2 - NHS Lothian/University of Edinburgh
2014Fellowship Faculty of Surgical Trainers of Royal College Surgeons Edinburgh, FFSTEd
2017Fellowship Royal Society of Arts, FRSA

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, FRSA, DM.


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

Retired Consultant Trauma Orthopaedic 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 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).

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

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

Research Groups

Physical Activity for Health Research Centre - PAHRC



Prof Chris Oliver Professional Website

Research activities & awards

  1. Prof Chris Oliver discusses the vibrant music scene in the East Neuk of Fife. Mental health and physical activity.

    Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Media article or participation

  2. Cycling Scotland Conference

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

  3. National Undergraduate Sports and Exercise Medicine Conference

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

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