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- Head & neck oncology
Consultant Maxillofacial & Reconstructive Surgeon
Department of Cancer Studies
University of Leicester
Head of Leicester Maxillofacial Research Group.
University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
Correspondence Address: Maxillofacial Unit, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester LE15WW.
Chris Avery has been a Consultant Maxillofacial Surgeon at the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust since 2000. He is also an Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Department of Cancer Studies & Molecular Genetics. He studied dentistry at Bristol (1984) and read Medicine at Cambridge (1992) gaining many prizes. He was awarded the gold medal for the FDSRCS (England) examination and was awarded the Master of Surgery degree from Cambridge in 2006. 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.
1984:BDS. University of Bristol.
1988:FDSRCS. Oral Surgery. Royal College of Surgeons of England.
1992:MBBChir. University of Cambridge.
1993:ATLS. Royal College of Surgeons of England.
1994:FRCS. General Surgery. Royal College of Surgeons of England.
1999:FRCS. Maxillofacial Surgery. Intercollegiate Surgical Board.
2006:MChir. University of Cambridge.
2015: MD. University of Leicester.
Areas of interest
Oral surgery; Oral medicine; Oral cancer; Salivary gland disease; Parotid surgery; Facial trauma
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Current NHS consultant posts held
Chris Avery has been a Consultant Head & Neck/Maxillofacial Surgeon at the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust since 2000. He is also an Honorary Reader in the Department of Cancer Studies.
Clinical research interests include; head and neck cancer, reconstructive free flap surgery, reducing morbidity of major surgery, novel surgical techniques, PEG feeding, salivary gland surgery. Laboratory based research includes: biomechanical aspects of plate reconstruction at the radial donor site and reconstruction of the mandible using the finite element analysis technique. The role of EMT proteins in oral cancer. Chris Avery acts as a supervisor for higher research MEng, MD and PhD degrees.
Gold Medal for the Royal College of Surgeons of England Fellowship examination.
Numerous undergraduate prizes
Over 80 academic publications in major peer reviewed journals, Best Practice National and International monograph on salivary gland disease for the British Medical Journal and chapters in surgical textbooks.
Invited Leading Article: A Review of the Radial Free Flap: Still Evolving or Facing Extinction? Part One. Soft Tissue Radial Flap. Br J Oral Maxillofac Surg 2010;48:245-252.
Invited Leading Article: A Review of the Radial Free Flap: Still Evolving or Facing Extinction? Part Two. Osteocutaneous Radial Flap. Br J Oral Maxillofac Surg 2010;48:253-260.
Avery C, Crank S, Neal CP, Hayter JP, Elton C.
The use of the pectoralis major flap for advanced and recurrent head and neck malignancy in the medically compromised patient.
Oral Oncol 2010:46:829-833.
Avery C, Skidmore M, Peden A, Pan J.
Biomechanical study of a unilocking T-plate system for prophylactic internal fixation of the radial osteocutaneous donor site using the sheep tibia model. Oral Oncol 2011. 47:268-273.
Avery C, Sundaram K, Jasani V, Peden A, Neal CP.
A comparison of sensory recovery at the subfascial and suprafascial donor sites of the free radial flap.
Br J Oral Maxillofac Surg 2012:50:495-499.
Avery C, Clifford N, Neal CP.
Oral & Maxillofacial surgery “presentation hotspots” in the UK over the last decade from the BAOMS annual meetings. Br J Oral Maxillofac Surg 2013: 51:453-456.
Bujtar P, Simonovics J, Sandor G, Jingzhe P, Avery C.
Refinements in osteotomy design to improve structural integrity: a finite element analysis. Br J Oral Maxillofac Surg 2013:51:479-485.
Avery C, Bujtar P, Simonovics J, Sándor G, Pan J, Váradi K.
A finite element analysis of bone plates available for prophylactic internal fixation of the radial
osteocutaneous donor site using the sheep tibia model. J Med Eng Phy 2013:35:1421-1430.
Avery C, Ghandi N, Peel D, Neal CP.
Indications and outcomes for 100 patients managed with a pectoralis major flap within a UK maxillofacial unit. Int J Oral Maxillofac Surg 2014: 43: 546–554.
Bujtar P, Simonovics J, Váradi K, Sándor G, Avery C.
The biomechanical aspects of reconstruction for segmental defects of the mandible: a finite element study to assess the optimisation of plate and screw factors. J Craniomaxfac Surg 2014:
Review: A perspective on the role of the pectoralis major flap in oral & maxillofacial oncology surgery.
Oral Surg 2014:7:130-142.
Courses offered to GPs
oral cancer update
oral & jaw reconstruction
Outcomes (checked and approved by medical professional body)
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infection rate < 5%
- BDS University of Bristol 1984
- FDSRCS Oral Surgery Royal College of Surgeons of England 1988
- MBBChir University of Cambridge 1992
- FRCS General Surgery Royal College of Surgeons of England 1994
- FRCS Maxillofacial Surgery Royal College of Surgeons of England 1999
- MChir Master of Surgery University of Cambridge 2006
- MD Doctor of Medicine University of Leicester 2015
Reference number 3564444
Professional bodies (positions held - last 3 yrs)
- Regional Professional Specialty Advisor Royal College of Surgeons of England 2013
- Regional Network Research Lead Head & Neck Cancer National Cancer Research Network UK 2014
Details of entry to specialist register
- General Dental Council Oral Surgery , 1990
- Maxillofacial Surgery, 1999
Affiliations / memberships
British Medical Association.
British Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons.
European Association of Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgeons.
International Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons.
International Association of Oral Oncology.
British Association of Head and Neck Oncologists.
European Association of Facial Plastic Surgery.
European Head & Neck Society.
International Federation of Head and Neck Oncology.
European Organisation of Research and Treatment of Cancer
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