Chris Lavy

Medical Advisor

Chris Lavy is a Professor of Orthopaedic and Tropical Surgery at the University of Oxford, England, and also an 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 Christoffel-Blindenmission (CBM). He has worked for over 12 years in Africa. Chris was instrumental in developing the vision and raising funds for the construction of CURE Malawi and CURE Zambia. Chris currently serves as the Senior Clubfoot Advisor for CURE Clubfoot.

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 orthopedics.