Mr Elliott Chisholm

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Mr Elliot Chisholm is an experienced consultant general surgeon who has provided elective and emergency care at Ashford and St Peters Hospitals for over 20 years. He regularly performs laparoscopic cholecystectomy and laparoscopic anti- reflux procedures as well as mesh hernia repairs, he also conducts lists of upper gi endoscopies (telescope to look into the gullet and stomach) and simple paediatric surgical procedures.

Elliot Chisholm attended Edinburgh University, and graduated as a doctor with lifelong friendships, certificates of merit and a class medal. His postgraduate training was spent in Leeds where a comprehensive training in all the major surgical specialties was gained. Elliot completed a higher degree researching into early detection of stomach and bowel cancer. This interest in stomach cancer took him to the Chinese University of Hong Kong for specialist training in oesophageal and stomach cancer operations.

During this time he was also exposed to the enormous volume and complexity of gallstone and stomach ulcer problems prevalent in that population.  The unit in Hong Kong was internationally famous for endoscopic intervention for some of these complications so his experience in managing ulcers and gallstones was greatly enhanced.

As luck would have it, the surgical team in Hong Kong used their endoscopic skills to start operating laparoscopically. This was in 1990 and was cutting edge developments. Whist there Elliot became proficient in laparoscopic cholecystectomy, but developed further innovations with Graham Sunderland ( now a consultant in Glasgow) such as laparoscopic sutured patch repair for perforated duodenal ulcer and laparoscopic assisted injections to liver tumours.

Elliot Chisholm developed his own procedure for the uncommon condition of gastric volvulus (twisting of the stomach). He started using the new mesh techniques for inguinal hernia early in its development in the UK and introduced laparoscopic anti-reflux surgery to St Peters hospital.

It became clear in the mid-nineties that the sudden enthusiasm for laparoscopic cholecystectomy was not matched by the appropriate skills and knowledge required by the wider surgical community. In collaboration with Mr Jeremy Wright, Elliot produced a basic laparoscopic skills training course. Such was the demand he helped establish courses with other colleagues in Birmingham. The training group at the Royal College of Surgeons in London then asked if some of them would like to become a part of a faculty to train surgeons in laparoscopic skills.

Elliot wrote and produced the training video for the laparoscopic component of the now mandatory surgical skills training course for surgeons in the UK. He convened a laparoscopic training course for anti-reflux surgery at St Peters hospital for consultants in the UK.  He found teaching so enjoyable he became involved in training trainers how to teach and completed a diploma in medical education.

Elliot has published over 60 articles and abstracts on paediatric surgery, plastic surgery, screening for cancer, laparoscopic procedures, gastric volvulus and emergency non-surgical interventions for complications of gallstones.

Elliot is married with 3 children and has just recently hung up his boots from eleven a side football but still likes 5 a side on a Thursday night. Golf, music and reading also help him to relax.

Clinical Interests



  • Upper Gastro-Intestinal and Anti-reflux Surgery

  • Laparoscopic Surgery

  • Hernia Surgery

  • Paediatric Surgery

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