Nov 14, 2019

Will surgeons be replaced by Robots?

Panellist, The Rise of the Machines, The Science Museum, London, UK

A public panel discussion chaired by Fergus Walsh of the BBC for the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity (RMCC)

Nov 08, 2019

Nice Work if You Can Get It; why be a paediatric cardiac surgeon?

President's Invited Guest Lecture, The Southern Thoracic Surgeons Association, Marco Island, Florida, USA

"Your talk was AWESOME!!"

Professor Jeffrey Jacobs

President of the STSA

Oct 16, 2019

The Master's Invited Speaker (after dinner speech)

Invited Adress, The Mercers Livery Company, Ironmongerlane, London, UK

Oct 02, 2019

Lessons from The Bristol Scandal in the UK; the case for transparency and regionalization

Plenary Address, The Transparency Summit, Columbus Ohio, USA

"Not only was your presentation outstanding, but your ongoing contribution was essential to driving the conversation forward, here in the US."

Amy Basken

Director of Programs

Pediatric Congenital Heart Association

Oct 02, 2019

Freedom to Speak Up

Visiting Professor, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio, USA

The Risks of Silence

Sep 22, 2019

Discussion related to Ethical Principles in Introducing new procedures in surgery

Invited Panellist, Current Ethical Thinking in Surgical Innovation, Bristol, UK

Part of the IDEAL collaboration for improving surgical research

Sep 19, 2019

Culture in the Medical Workplace

Invited Lecture, Allocate Leadership Meeting, Old Trafford, Manchester, UK

Sep 11, 2019

Fake News! Some Doctors Lie

Keynote Address, British Assocation of Perinatal Medicine, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

 "a fantastic talk. You certainly made us all think!"

Dr Helen Mactier, President BAPM

Jul 15, 2019

The Conclusions of the China Tribunal

Invited Address, Committee Room 13, House of Commons, Palace of Westminster, London, UK

A presentation to a House of Commons Committee

Jun 03, 2019

(1) Complex Tracheal Reconstruction in Children (2) Forced organ donation in China (3) Regionalisation of cardiac care in the UK (4) Formula 1 and its Contribution to Healthcare

Visiting Professor, University of Minnessota, Minneapolis, USA

"You were a great Visiting Professor. I have had several remark about how interesting, stimulating, challenging your talks were, and a couple said they thought it was our best Professorship ever! I would agree."

Professor David Overman, Minneapolis

Apr 07, 2019

Challenges of paediatric cardiac surgery; art, science and career

Invited Lecture, Imperial Medical School, London

An exploration of the overlap between art and science in modern surgery

Jan 24, 2019

Maximise the Data, Minimise the Fraud; a plea to change the way we publish

The Werner Zuber Memorial Lecture, European Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation, Wengen, Switzerland

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Jan 23, 2019

Forced Organ Harvesting in China

Opening Address, European Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation, Wengen, Switzerland

"Terrifying Story, and vital contribution to our meeting"

Dr Clive Lewis, Secretary ESHLT

Jan 08, 2019

Sex Lies and Videotape; Fake News in medical publishing and what we should do about it

Medico-Legal Lawyers Luncheon Club, Royal Society of Medicine, London

"Excellent talk.  Everyone enjoyed it.  Really Good."

Kieran Coonan, QC

Nov 20, 2018

Learning from Other Industries; a life in risk

Keynote Address, Aviva Wholesale Conference, Corinthia Hotel, London


Stewart Robertson, Organiser, Aviva Inverstors

Nov 17, 2018

Optimizing Quality in Clinical Procedures

Invited Plenary Lecture, Belgian Association of Cardiothoracic Surgeons, Senneffe, Belgium

The power of transparency in data presentation to optimise team performance.  Lessons from high performing industries.

Oct 25, 2018

A Life in Risk and Lives at Risk

Keynote Address. General Insurance Reseach Organisation, ICC Birmingham, UK

Two contrasting experiences; managing risk at scale, and the risk of managing complex issues when life is at stake

Oct 02, 2018

Nice work if you can get it; the balance between courage and fear

Keynote Lecture. Aviva Institional Investors Conference, The Shard, London, UK

"A GREAT presentation!"

Sep 16, 2018

The Current Medical Publishing Model is Flawed, and open to Fraud

After Dinner Speech for Wolters Klowers Inc, Tower Bridge, London, UK

Sep 13, 2018

The need for transparent and mandated outcome reporting for surgical innovation

Invited Lecture, IDEAL Conference on Surgical Outcomes, Bristol UK

"Fantastic talk...Twitter was buzzing....Inspirational"

Professor Jane Blazeby, Professor of Surgery at Bristol and conference organiser

Sep 09, 2018

Nice Work if you can get it! Life as a surgeon

Presentation for "Speakers for Schools", Excelsior Academy, Denton Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

Speakers for Schools is a charity started by Robert Peston.  It gives school students the chance to hear first hand from people in careers whom they might not otherwise meet.  It is really humbling and uplifting for the speaker!!

The students ...commented, 

'Really inspirational/inspiring,' 

'emotional and moving,' 

'The best assembly I've ever had,' 

'It makes me want to be a better person.' 

'Amazing', 'fascinating.'

Jun 29, 2018

"The Importance of Philanthropy in Paediatric Care; the GOSH experience" ​

Keynote Address, Ai You Foundation, Cheng Du, China

A guide to the value of philanthropy in improving children's health

Jun 19, 2018

Motivating your team: the power of data

Keynote Address, Nestle plc Leadership Summit, Alton Towers, UK

"An inspiring session...resonated across the room'

Gharry Eccles.  Regional Vice President CP UK

Jun 02, 2018

Tracheal Transplantation; current status

Invited Lecture, ESPO 2018, Stockholm, Sweden

A review of current evidence and recent advances in this controversial field

Jun 02, 2018

Checklists; have they really made us safer?

Keynote Address, European Society of Paediatric Otorhinolaryngology, Stockhom, Sweden

"Outstanding, inspiring, fascinating and relevant"  

Ann Hermasson, President of ESPO

May 29, 2018

The Pursuit of Excellence

Keynote Address, Sanofi Product Launch, Munich, Germany

May 22, 2018

Media Reporting of Medical Advances

Gresham College Public Lecture

The media and medicine have different perspectives. At least in part, this is due to a preference for individual human stories over detailed analysis of results. 

This lecture used examples of how the public may be misled and consider the implications of such misunderstanding.

May 01, 2018

Keeping the Wealthy Alive; value and ethics in medicine

Invited Lecture to The Huxley Science Society, Westminster School, London, UK

"Outstandingly good talk from Prof Martin Elliott at Huxley Society about ‘keeping the wealthy alive’. Genuinely thought provoking and hugely insightful." 


@WSchoolScience @wschool

Apr 29, 2018

Maximise the Data, Minimise the Fraud; a plea to change the way we publish

Invited Guest Plenary Lecture, The American Association of Thoracic Surgeons, San Diego, CA, USA

Audience Tweets;  "Brilliant speech", "fantastic presentation", "amazing talk". "my favourite talk of the day", "inspiring", "provoking, timely, brilliant", "thought provoking and stimulating as always"

Apr 22, 2018

Ingenuity, teamwork and excellence

Keynote Address with Mark Gallagher for PA Consulting. Evian, France

“Martin spoke at our Global Partner Conference and was a huge success. What particularly resonated was his numerous examples of innovation, and the way in which he has brought outside in thinking into his very specialist world. It was inspiring, optimistic and thought-provoking” 

Andrew Hooke, Head of Consulting, PA Consulting Group

Mar 14, 2018

Personalised Medicine

Gresham College Public Lecture, Museum of London, London, UK

A discussion of the concepts behind, and ethics and finances of, personalised or precision medicine

Mar 08, 2018

The Challenge of Surgical Innovation and the Need to Change Medical Publishing

Invited Lecture, BMJ Editors Away Day, London, UK

The surgical literature is beset way half truths and the lack of raw, analysable data. In this talk I outlined ways in which this situation could be improved

Feb 28, 2018

Teamwork, data and blame

Keynote lecture, IVCC5 and DS Smith Plc, Geneva, Switzerland

How good data can change behaviour and the pernicious effects of a blame culture

Feb 14, 2018

Does a Good Bedside Manner Matter?

Gresham College Public Lecture, The Museum of London, London, UK

As technology changes, do health professionals still need a good bedside manner?

Feb 08, 2018

Value, Costs and Pathways in Medicine

Invited Lecture, to General Managers Course, The Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, London, UK

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Feb 03, 2018

Modified Ultrafiltration, 28 years on

Invited Guest Lecture, The Indian Association of Cardiovascular and Thoacic Surgeons, Visakpathanam, India

Past and Current status of modified ultrafiltration in cardiac surgery.

Feb 02, 2018

The Management of tracheal Stenosis in Children

Invited Guest Lecture, The Indian Association of Cardiovascular and Thoacic Surgeons, Visakpathanam, India

A summary of our extensive experience in the repair of complex tracheal problems in children

Jan 30, 2018

Teamwork and the good use of data to achieve excellence. Surgery and F1

Keynote Address with Mark Gallagher (F1 presenter, formerly of Ford Cosworth), International Temperature Controlled Logistics Congress, Twickenham, London

Combining our experience of two high-risk sectors to reveal lesson suitable for other complex organisations seeking excellence

Jan 16, 2018

Achieving Excellence in Complex Teams

Keynote Lecture, Schroder's Recognition Scheme. London, UK

Motivational tricks to enhance performance

Jan 11, 2018

Teamwork and Professionalism in Medicine; lessons from highh risk organisations

Keynote Lecture, Excellence in Education, The Royal Marsden Hospital, London

Lessons learned from various industries which have had an impact on the safety and effectiveness of medicine.

Dec 04, 2017

Optimising Quality in Surgical Procedures

Invited Keynote Lecture, KU Leuven, Belgium

A paean to the right measures and transparency 

Nov 30, 2017

Change during hard times

Keynote Address, East of England NHS Leadership Academy

Jan 24, 2020

Workforce Issues in NHS Healthcare

Invited Lecture, Timecare, Stockholm, Sweden

Nov 21, 2017

Teamwork, Change and Leadership

Keynote Address, Aviva Insurance Summit, London UK

Nov 15, 2017

Life as a pediatric Cardiac Surgeon

Keynote Address, Institute of Cardiovascular Science, UCL, London

A review of what it feels like to be a cardiac surgeon, with interviews from surgeons from all over the world

Nov 09, 2017

The head and the heart; sudden death in the young

Keynote Address, British Congenital Cardiac Association, London, UK

 "a wonderful talk. I think it may have really prompted people to help and commit to change in the future."

Professor Michael Burch, BCCA

Nov 08, 2017

Ignorance, data and change

Keynote Address, Whitehall & Industry Group, Athenaeum, London

A conversational seminar about major issues in healthcare

Nov 03, 2017

Errors, teamwork and blame

Keynote Address, Pennington Manches Annual Partner Conference

"Martin Elliott was excellent- probably the best speaker I have ever heard. I thought he “got” the audience and pitched it just right- mix of important points he wanted to get across plus humour.  The way he explained applying an approach from completely outside of his world and the challenges that presented was fascinating. His “humble” approach for such an important man was impressive and a great example for many.  Quite how he has the time to do all the thinking outside of the box plus his day job I have no idea! "

anonymous audience member

Oct 31, 2019

Learning from Our Mistakes

Plenary Keynote Address, jENS meeting, Venice, Italy

a talk highlighting the importance of real time monitoring and transparency of team performance

Oct 25, 2017

Formula One may be Good for Your Health

The 28th Arthur DeBoer Lecture, Lurie Childrens Hospitalm Chicago, IL, USA

"fascinating, enlightening & entertaining"

Oct 24, 2017

Surgical Lies; disrupting medical publishing

Grand Rounds (Visiting Professor Lecture) Children's National Hospital, Washington DC, USA

"The presentation was nothing short of spectacular"

Kurt Newman MD, CEO, Children's National Hospital Washington DC, USA

Oct 22, 2017

Public Reporting and Regionalisation. 10 lessons form the UK for the US

Keynote Address; The Congenital Heart Surgeons Society (CHSS) in Chicago USA

"the talk was absolutely unbelievable. Everyone was glued. It was brilliant, eloquent, comprehensive, funny, provocative, educational … all in the right mix.  Made me want to never speak in public again!"

Professor Luca Vricella, Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, USA

Oct 11, 2017

opening your mind to how other industries work

Keynote Lecture, Exponent Private Equity, Lord's Cricket Ground, London, UK

Most people work within their corporate silos and don't get to appreciate how things are being done in other organisations.  I will show how much can be learned from surprising sources, and how we have improved safety and effectiveness in healthcare as a result.

'Martin Elliott was extremely well liked and well received, so in summary a big success!'

Simon Davidson, Exponent PE

Oct 10, 2017

Formula One May be Good for your Health

The Stokes Society Lecture, Pembroke College, Cambridge University

Oct 03, 2017

Teamwork during Times of Change

Keynote Lecture, Brewin Dolphin, London

Cardiac surgery has lived through several disruptive changes, and technology is making a further impact.  Pressures from budget cuts, Brexit and organisational reform mean teams have to change and change the way they work.  This lecture describes the lessons we have learned and what might be useful to others.

"Thank you so much for introducing us to Martin last week – he was such a success and everyone is still talking about him, it was just amazing…"


“Martin was amazing, great humour, incredibly deep and inspirational. “

Brewin Dolphin

Sep 26, 2017

Lateral Thinking to Improve Teamwork

Keynote Lecture, The Large Charities FInance Group

"thank you again for a fantastic presentation yesterday. The feedback on it was exceptional"

Rohan Hewavisenti, Imperial War Museum

Sep 14, 2017

Truth, Lies & the Trachea

The John Evans Lecture, The British Association of Paediatric Otolaryngology (BAPO), Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK

"It was one of the best lectures I seen delivered at any meeting, not just medical or ENT.  It seems so obvious that we are setting the bar too low and that our research papers are simply summaries- but I think that is the first time I think it has ever been made so explicit.  I thought it set the tone wonderfully..."

 Steven Powell, FRCS  BAPO organiser


Jul 16, 2017

1. Economics of Pediatric and Congenital Cardiac Care. Model 1:Total public funding free at the level of delivery. 2. Overview of Outcomes and Quality. 3. What the CEO wants from the Director of the Heart Center 4. What is value? 5. Doing more and better for less: Mission Impossible?

5 Invited Lectures, World Congress of Paediatric Cardiology and cardiac Surgery, Barcelona, Spain

Jul 11, 2017

High Quality Performance; Great Teamwork. How do we get that in today's NHS?

Invited Lecture, Medway Hospital, Kent, UK

"Brilliant, Engaging, Inspiring"

James Devine, Executive Director of HR and OD

Jul 02, 2017

Learning from Our Mistakes

Keynote Lecture, ReaSoN Neonatal Conference, Warwick, UK

In this lecture, I explained basic theoretical points and indicated how a transparent approach to outcome reporting, in real time, can influence behaviour for the better, trading on our competitive instincts.


I  also examined the negative consequences of blame, and discussed how organisations and units can encourage a just culture in which learning from error is the norm.


I used real examples where appropriate and suggested methods which will work in any speciality

75% of the audience rated the talk as 'excellent' and a further 18% as "good".

Jun 27, 2017

Learning from Other Industries; getting the best from your team

Keynote Lecture, Investment Advisors Conference, Hampshire, UK