Chris Lavy OBE


Chris Lavy is Professor of Orthopaedic and Tropical Surgery at the University of Oxford, England and also Honorary Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.  He is a fellow of Green Templeton College, Oxford, and a trustee and council member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

Chris was trained at University College London and St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical College, with further training at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital and in Oxford, Norwich, Bath, Paris, and Cape Town.

His first consultant post was at the Middlesex Hospital in London, but in 1996 he moved to Malawi to work with Christoffelblinden mission (CBM).  He has worked for over 12 years in Africa.  Chris had the vision for, and raised the funds for the Beit CURE orthopaedic hospitals in Malawi and Zambia, and is working on a sister hospital in Zimbabwe.

Chris is committed to surgical training and research in sub-Saharan Africa.  He was a founding council member of the College of Surgeons of East Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA) in 1999, and continues this work with the COOL project (COSECSA Oxford Orthopaedic Link).  He is a commissioner for the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery.

Chris holds BSc, MBBS and MD degrees from the University of London, an MCh from the University of Liverpool, and fellowships in surgery from COSECSA and the Royal College of Surgeons of England.  He was awarded an OBE by the Queen in 2007 for services to international orthopaedics.

Chris Lavy’s profile on the NDORMS site