Professor Martin Elliott

Professor Martin Elliott is one of Great Ormond Street Hospital’s (GOSH) longest serving doctors.

Research scientist and paediatric surgeon Martin Elliott has been involved with ground-breaking research and treatment at GOSH for more than 30 years.

A former medical director of the hospital, he bridges the gap between surgery and research with skills ranging from heart bypass surgery to correcting congenital lung disorders.

Most recently, he combined research into stem cell therapy and cutting-edge surgical techniques to carry out the first stem cell-supported tracheal transplant.

The operation, which was carried out on a critically ill 13-year-old child in 2010, replaced the male patient's trachea with a donor windpipe laced with the patient's own stem cells so it would not be rejected.

Professor Elliott is in high demand beyond the wards and operating theatres of GOSH.

As well as consulting on teamwork for major airlines he has offered his skills to Formula 1 teams, drawing on his experience working hand in hand with other surgeons during lengthy and complex cardiac procedures.

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This article was originally published in The Independent on 23 November 2015.