Qualification & Training


I trained as a dental surgeon at Bristol University and as a medical doctor at Cambridge University before completing a foundation surgical training programme in a variety of surgical specialties, followed by a higher surgical training programme of five years in oral and maxillofacial surgery.


Chris AveryUndergraduate Degrees

  • BDS
  • MBBChir

Postgraduate Qualifications

  • FDSRCS (Dental/Oral Surgery)
  • FRCS (Surgery in General)
  • FRCS (Maxillofacial)
  • MChir (Master of Surgery)
  • MD (Doctor of Medicine)

I studied Dentistry at Bristol University (BDS 1984) and read Medicine at Cambridge University (MBBChir 1992). I obtained Higher Surgical Fellowships from the Royal College of Surgeons of England in Dental/Oral Surgery (FDSRCS) in 1988, in Surgery in General (FRCS) in 1994 and in Maxillofacial Surgery (FRCS) in 1999. I was also awarded the Gold Medal of the Royal College of Surgeons. In 2006 I gained the degree of Master of Surgery (MChir) from Cambridge University for research into techniques of oral and facial reconstruction. Then in 2015 I was awarded the degree of Doctor of Medicine (MD) for research on reducing the morbidity associated with major head and neck cancer and reconstructive surgery.

Certification and Professional Posts

  • UK Specialist Surgical Lists for Oral Surgery and Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery certification
  • Fellow of the British and International Associations of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • Fellow of the International Academy of Oral Oncologists
  • Member of the European Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery
  • Editorial board member of several professional journals
  • Chairman of the University Hospitals of Leicester head and neck cancer meeting
  • Regional Research Lead for Cancer Research Network UK, National Institute Health Research