David Elliot: Profile

Mr David Elliot is the senior hand surgeon at the St. Andrew's Centre for Plastic Surgery, Chelmsford, the major trauma unit for Essex and East London and the largest hand trauma unit in the UK.  He also runs a hand clinic at the Spire Wellesley Hospital in Southend-on-Sea specialising in secondary trauma surgery, rheumatoid and osteoarthritis surgery of the hand, nerve compression and pain surgery and Dupuytren's contracture.

Training and experience

Mr Elliot was educated at The Edinburgh Academy, St. John’s College, Oxford and St. Bartholomew's Hospital, London. He was an Oxford scholar and is a holder of the Kay-Kilner prize of the BAPS (British Association of Plastic Surgeons) and the Pulvertaft prize of the BSSH (British Society for Surgery of the Hand). Mr Elliot is the author of over 120 publications in the fields of plastic and hand surgery and is a frequently invited speaker worldwide on hand surgical topics. 

Mr Elliot has held an A merit award in the NHS and is a past President of the British Society for Surgery of the Hand,  a past Editor of the European Journal of Hand Surgery, a past examiner of the Diploma of Hand Surgery of the Federation of Societies for Surgery of the Hand and a past chairman of the Flexor Tendon Committee of the International Federation of Societies for Surgery of the Hand.  He is a past member of the Council of the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (2000-2003).  He speaks abroad regularly on hand surgical topics and has held visiting  professorships of hand surgery in Australia, India, New Zealand, South Africa and the USA.  He is also an Associate Professor of Hand Surgery in the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of Las Palmas, Gran Canaria.


  • Open Scholarship in Medicine to St. John's College, Oxford 1969-1973
  • British Burns Association Prize, 1984
  • West of Scotland Surgical Association Prize, 1984
  • British Association of Plastic Surgeons, Kay-Kilner Prize, 1985
  • British Society for Surgery of the Hand, Pulvertaft Prize, 1987


  • Elliot,D. The history of Dupuytren’s disease. British Journal of Hand Surgery, 13B: 246-253, 371-378 and 14B: 25-31.
  • Elliot,D. and Yii, N.W. Homodigital reconstruction of the digits : the perspective of one unit. Hand Chirurgie, Mikrochirurgie, Plastische Chirurgie, (2001), 33: 7-19.
  •  Elliot, D. Primary flexor tendon repair - operative repair, pulley management and rehabilitation. British and European Journal of Hand Surgery, (2002), 27B: 507-514.
  • Elliot D. Painful neuromas of the wrist and hand. Surgical Techniques in Orthopaedics and Traumatology (2005). 

Clinical interests

Mr Elliot is a highly regarded and experienced plastic and reconstructive surgeon, with an international reputation in the field of hand trauma and repair. As a specialist hand plastic surgeon, he is able to offer repair of the flexor and extensor tendons of the hand, as well as repair of nerve injury and release of nerve compression. He treats hands that have been damaged by cuts, crushing, animal bites, sports injuries and rheumatoid arthritis.

Research interests

Mr Elliot's current research interests include Dupuytren's disease, flexor and extensor tendon surgery, peripheral nerve pain surgery and nerve compression surgery.