Chris Oliver: from orthopaedic surgeon to fitness professorBMJ 2018; 361 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k1768 (Published 31 May 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k1768
- Adrian O’Dowd
- BMJ Careers
Dared into medicine
As a young man, I was doing sprint and kayaking at national level and everyone said I was going to go to the Olympics. But my mother said you can’t make a career out of kayaking, and she dared me to be a doctor. It was all unexpected and not terribly well planned.
Choosing the right specialty
I thought I’d do surgery because of the practical aspect of repairing things. I realised I didn’t want to do bowel or cancer surgery. Then I did neurosurgery and I enjoyed that, but there was so much death and paralysis. I decided I wanted to do orthopaedics because you can put things back together and fix things, and I ended up doing orthopaedic trauma.
During my elective period I went to Cebu in the Philippines to learn about tropical diseases, then to …