Professor Martin Elliott

Children's Heart Surgeon and Academic, Gresham College


Martin Elliott graduated in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1973. He is Professor of Paediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery at University College London, Emeritus Professor of Physic at Gresham College, London. Until 2015 he was Medical Director at The Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, London, where he has worked as a cardiothoracic surgeon since 1984. He stopped operating at the end of 2016, but is now Chief Medical Officer for Allocate Software Ltd., a non-executive director at the Royal Marsden Hospital London, and at Children’s Health Ireland in Dublin. Recently, he has been sitting on an International People’s Tribunal judging horrific evidence of forced organ harvesting in China (
Committed to quality and innovation, he helped set up many teams, notably transplant and ECMO at GOSH, and formed the (national) Tracheal Service at GOSH, which has pioneered several techniques, including most recently, stem cell supported tracheal transplantation.

He has held several international visiting professorships, is widely published ( and has delivered >450 invited lectures, including many named lectures, worldwide. The Times listed him as one of the 50 best surgeons in the UK, and one of the top paediatricians. The Heath Service Journal included him in a list of top innovators in the NHS. He was the 2015 Hunterian Orator at the Royal College of Surgeons. A key theme has been the use of data to drive change. He has worked with several other industries, including software, F1, airlines and hotels to improve clinical service and outcomes, and has advised health systems throughout the world.

Martin Elliott's Public lectures for Gresham College can be seen and downloaded here

Martin Elliott's publications can be seen here

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