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 trained in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Southampton and London and has been a consultant at GOSH since 1985.
Surgically he 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. His 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.