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Department of Surgery

Martin Elliott, MD, FRCS

"10 Commandments for Safety in the Operating Room"

Martin Elliott, MD, FRCS is the Medical Director at The Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London (  He is also Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at UCL (  and Director of the National Service for Severe Tracheal Disease in Children.  He has recently been appointed Professor of Physic at Gresham College, London (  He has held several international visiting professorships and teaches on the Cabinet Office Leadership program in the UK. He was formerly head of cardiorespiratory services, and director of thoracic transplantation.  He is passionately committed to making healthcare safe, and optimising outcomes.

He qualified MD age 22 in Newcastle upon Tyne and has been an attending at GOSH since 1985. He was in the team that started thoracic transplantation at GOSH, and has since established the Pediatric Tracheal Service, which is now the largest in the world. He carried out research into the pathophysiology of cardiopulmonary bypass, thoracic transplantation, ultrafiltration, outcomes and databases, and most recently stem-cell supported tracheal transplantation.  He established the European Congenital Heart Defects database (now the EACTS database), and now leads an international consortium aimed at benchmarking paediatric outcomes between institutions and across continents.  He has worked with several F1 teams, the airline industry, the hotel industry and the Harvard Business School to improve teamwork and safety in surgery, and customer service. He is widely published and operates and teaches throughout the world, and is actively involved in service redesign in the UK, Poland, USA and Australia. 


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