The title of the Gresham Professorship in Physic and Other Biological Sciences shows its origin in the time of the College's founding at the end of the 16th Century. The Professorship has been utilised for a range of subjects within the medical or biological sciences in recent years, including lecture series on immunology, the human eye, and heart surgery.

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Past Professors

Professor Martin Elliott

Martin Elliott is Gresham Professor of Physic and Co-Medical Director at The Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, London (GOSH). He led the cardiorespiratory and thoracic transplant teams at GOSH for many years, and established, and is Director of the National Service for Severe Tracheal Disease in Children, the largest such service in the world.

Professor Elliott studied at Newcastle University both as an undergraduate and a postgraduate, and also in the Universities of Southampton and London.  He was appointed a consultant paediatric cardiothoracic surgeon at GOSH in 1985 and has been Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at UCL since 2004.

His research has covered several domains, including: the pathophysiology of cardiopulmonary bypass (developing modified ultrafiltration, now used in most repairs of congenital heart disease (CHD)); the development and application of outcome registries in surgery for CHD (he developed the European Congenital Heart Defects Database, the forerunner of the EACTS and STS registries); the specification of the nomenclature for congenital heart defects (he was founding president of the International Nomenclature Society for CHD); the improvement of teamwork within cardiac care (consulting and working with Formula 1 teams, the airline and hotel industries); and most recently the management of severe tracheal disease in children, including the first homograft and stem cell based transplantations of that organ in children.

Professor Elliott is passionate about improving the experience for patients and providing them with insight they and their families need to make informed choices.  At GOSH he leads on quality and safety, and GOSH has won several prizes for its work in this field.  He has given evidence to the Bristol and Francis Inquiries related to the importance of information provision for quality improvement.

He has published over 260 peer-reviewed articles and is in demand as a speaker, having delivered over 300 invited lectures worldwide, including 20 named lectures, to professional and lay audiences. He has taken part in several television documentaries. He reviews for many scientific journals and teaches and operates throughout the world.  He has trained many of the world’s leading paediatric cardiac surgeons, and has been involved in service reform in several countries.

As Professor of Physic at Gresham College, Professor Elliott is delivering an ongoing series of free public lectures on The Heart of the Matter.

All of Professor Elliott's past Gresham lectures can be accessed here.

[The image of Professor Elliott is used courtesy of Becan]

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All Professor of Physic Lectures
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Nice Work If You Can Get It: Life as a Children's Heart Surgeon

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Wednesday, 24 May 2017 - 6:00PM
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I Won't Have Blood! A Battle Between Belief and Duty?

Professor Martin Elliott
Wednesday, 15 March 2017 - 6:00PM
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Affairs of the Heart: An Exploration of the Symbolism of the Heart in Art

Professor Martin Elliott
Tuesday, 14 February 2017 - 6:00PM
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Sudden Death in the Young: A Terrible Waste

Professor Martin Elliott
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 - 6:00PM
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Seeing Through the Lies: Innovation and the Need for Transparency

Professor Martin Elliott
Wednesday, 23 November 2016 - 6:00PM
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The Rhythm of Life: The Beat and Dance of the Heart

Professor Martin Elliott
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 - 6:00PM
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The Size of a Walnut: Your Heart in Their Hands

Professor Martin Elliott
Wednesday, 25 May 2016 - 6:00PM
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The Artificial Heart: A New Ending?

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Wednesday, 16 March 2016 - 6:00PM
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Wednesday, 17 February 2016 - 6:00PM
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To Blame or Not to Blame? The Medical Profession and Blame Culture

Professor Martin Elliott
Wednesday, 20 January 2016 - 6:00PM
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Aviation and its Contributions to Healthcare

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Wednesday, 25 November 2015 - 6:00PM
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Formula 1 and its Contributions to Healthcare

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Wednesday, 14 October 2015 - 6:00PM
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The Next Disruptive Technologies: New Ways to Treat Old Diseases

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Wednesday, 27 May 2015 - 6:00PM
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Doing More For Less: Paediatric Cardiac Surgery After the Financial Crisis

Professor Martin Elliott
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 - 6:00PM
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The Bristol Scandal and its Consequences: Politics, Rationalisation and the Use and Abuse of Information

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Wednesday, 18 February 2015 - 6:00PM
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The Ethical Challenges of New Treatments in Children: Could we do now what we did then?

Professor Martin Elliott
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 - 6:00PM
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Heart Surgery for Congenital Heart Defects - Science or Art?

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Wednesday, 19 November 2014 - 6:00PM
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The Heart: An Introduction

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Wednesday, 22 October 2014 - 6:00PM
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Wednesday, 14 May 2014 - 6:00PM
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Wednesday, 13 October 2010 - 12:00AM
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Wednesday, 24 March 2010 - 12:00AM
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Wednesday, 17 February 2010 - 12:00AM
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Wednesday, 20 January 2010 - 12:00AM
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Monday, 2 November 2009 - 12:00AM
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Wednesday, 21 October 2009 - 12:00AM
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Thursday, 26 May 2005 - 12:00AM
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Thursday, 13 January 2005 - 12:00AM
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Thursday, 11 November 2004 - 12:00AM
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Thursday, 7 October 2004 - 12:00AM
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Thursday, 25 March 2004 - 12:00AM
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Thursday, 26 February 2004 - 12:00AM
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Thursday, 29 January 2004 - 12:00AM
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Thursday, 4 December 2003 - 12:00AM
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Human and animal emotions: Are they the same?

Professor Keith Kendrick
Thursday, 6 November 2003 - 12:00AM
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Talking with Beasts: Human and animal languages

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Thursday, 2 October 2003 - 12:00AM
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“Knowing you, knowing me”: can other animals have an identity crisis?

Professor Keith Kendrick
Thursday, 20 March 2003 - 12:00AM
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“Getting to know you”: how do animals recognise each other and us?

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Thursday, 20 February 2003 - 12:00AM
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Animal senses: how do they perceive the world and what important things can they sense that we cannot?

Professor Keith Kendrick
Thursday, 23 January 2003 - 12:00AM
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Thursday, 5 December 2002 - 12:00AM
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Thursday, 7 November 2002 - 12:00AM
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Thursday, 10 October 2002 - 12:00AM
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Saturday, 6 July 2002 - 12:00AM
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Professor Steven Rose
Monday, 4 February 2002 - 6:00PM
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Monday, 2 April 2001 - 12:00AM
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Monday, 5 March 2001 - 12:00AM
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Monday, 5 February 2001 - 12:00AM
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Monday, 4 December 2000 - 12:00AM
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Monday, 2 October 2000 - 12:00AM
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Monday, 3 April 2000 - 12:00AM
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Monday, 6 March 2000 - 12:00AM
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Monday, 7 February 2000 - 12:00AM
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Monday, 1 November 1999 - 12:00AM
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Monday, 4 October 1999 - 12:00AM
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Thursday, 27 November 1997 - 12:00AM
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Wednesday, 6 March 1996 - 12:00AM
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Wednesday, 6 December 1995 - 12:00AM
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Wednesday, 29 November 1995 - 12:00AM
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Tuesday, 7 March 1995 - 12:00AM
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Tuesday, 19 April 1994 - 12:00AM
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Wednesday, 17 June 1987 - 4:45PM
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