Martin Elliott

Martin Elliott is Professor of Paediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery at University College London and the 37th Professor of Physic at Gresham College London. He is Director of the National Service for Severe Tracheal Disease in Children, based at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH). 

Until recently, he was medical director at GOSH, a post he has relinquished to spend more time with Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity.

Professor Elliott is committed to safe, effective and efficient care of children.


Surgically, Professor Elliott has been part of the team correcting congenital heart defects, lung disorders and chest wall reconstruction. He also led the thoracic transplantation team for many years. 


Professor Elliott trained in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Southampton and London and has been a consultant at GOSH since 1985.

Research Interests

Professor Elliott's research interests have included the patho-physiology of cardiopulmonary bypass (developing modified ultrafiltration), clinical outcomes analysis (establishing the European Congenital Heart Defects database, now the EACTS database), the nomenclature of congenital heart defects (of which society he was the founding president), effective teamwork (with F1 teams and BA) and the management of congenital tracheal stenosis. This last research project recently led to the first stem-cell supported tracheal transplant in a child and to expansion of research in tracheal tissue engineering with his colleagues Professor Martin Birchall at UCL and Professor Paolo di Coppi at GOSH.

He has over 280 peer reviewed publications and has delivered more than 320 invited lectures, including several named lectures. He has held visiting professorships and teaches and operates throughout the world. He has been a member of several NHS committees and advisory groups. He teaches on the Cabinet Office High Potential Development Course, and has lectured at No. 10 Downing Street, in the Department of Health, in the Treasury and in the Institute for Government, London.

His series of lectures at Gresham College are available to view and download at the Gresham College website.