Christopher Avery MD MChir FRCS FDSRCS FRCS (OMFS)

Consultant Head & Neck Maxillofacial & Reconstructive Surgeon Honorary Senior Lecturer Department of Cancer Studies Head of Leicester Maxillofacial Research Group Regional Research Lead Head & Neck NIHR CRN UK

Contact Details

 Dr Chris Avery
Correspondence Address: 

Maxillofacial Unit, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester LE15WW.


Tel: 0116 258 6953



1984:   BDS University of Bristol.
1988:   FDSRCS [Oral Surgery].Royal College Surgeons of England.
1992:   MB BChir. University of Cambridge.
1994:   FRCS. Royal College of Surgeons of England.  
1999:   FRCS [Maxillofacial]. Intercollegiate Surgical Board.
2006:   MChir. University of Cambridge. 
2015:   MD. University of Leicester


I have been a full-time Consultant Head & Neck/Maxillofacial Surgeon at the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust since 2000 and am currently also an Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Department of Cancer Studies. I lead the Leicester Maxillofacial Research Group and I am the current Regional Head % Neck lead for the National Institute for Health Research, Cancer Research Network, UK.

Research Interests

 The main areas clinical research are all related to the management of head and neck malignancy, particularly oral cancer and reconstructive surgery. My Thesis reviewed the significant incidence of donor site morbidity associated with the conventional fasciocutaneous and osteocutaneous versions of the radial forearm flap. The work includes one of the first detailed descriptions of the suprafascial dissection technique and anatomy of the septocutaneous flap. We also also introduced the technique of prophylactic internal fixation of the radial osteocutaneous donor site to substantially reduce the incidence of fracture, and this technique is now widely practiced. A biomechanical model was developed to investigate the strengthening effects of different types of bone plates. Wound management and surgical techniques were developed to further minimise morbidity by improving the success rate of skin grafting at the radial forearm donor site. My MD thesis developed these themes including the use of the finite element analysis technique to study the complex biomechanical aspects of reconstruction of the radial free flap donor site and the mandible. Other areas of interest include novel surgical techniques, gastrostomy feeding, salivary gland surgery and related topics.

Biomechanical studies are in co-operation with the Professor Jingzhe Pan, Head of Mechanics in Materials at the University of Leicester. Professor Pan has expertise in biomechanics and the modelling of biomaterials for orthopaedic fixation and tissue engineering, bioresorbable materials and finite element modelling. The development of our finite element analysis models of the radius and mandible has allowed us to replicate laboratory testing. Future research will include bioresorbable materials.
In the field of oncology genetic research the current projects include the role of EMT proteins in oral malignancy as an MD project for a maxillofacial surgical trainee. This work is in collaboration with Dr Eugene Tulchinsky, Head of EMT research at Leicester University and with Professor Ian Mackenzie at the Blizard Institute, London. This work is funded by a 2013 Royal College of Surgeons Award.

There is a very strong personal commitment to supporting trainee surgeons who want to present work at the Maxillofacial Annual Scientific Meeting and other International surgical meetings. Leicester has consistently featured within the top 5 units for the number of presentations at the British meeting over the last decade and has a high rate of successful conversion to publication [Collier JM, Br J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2010 Oct;48(7):540-3. doi: 10.1016/j.bjoms.2009.08.037]...

There are currently two maxillofacial clinical research fellows and these positions have been used by trainees to further their research interests often before taking a substantive higher surgical training post. We welcome collaboration with other clinical or research based departments.

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SEND Study Success

Congratulations to Chris Avery, who with collaborating colleagues published findings of the SEND study, a multi-centre randomised trial using two different surgical protocols for mouth cancer treatment.  A nationwide first for this type of trial, using real-world data.  The paper, published in the British Journal of Cancer, is available by clicking this link: SEND Paper


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