Mr. Chris Cartlidge

Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon
FRCS (Ed), MB ChB (Hons), PhD

On the GMC Specialist Register

Year qualified: 2006

+ Breast surgery
+ Cancer care
+ Cosmetic breast surgery

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Mr Chris Cartlidge: Profile

When choosing someone to look after you, it is really important that you choose the best breast surgeon for you to operate. Having a surgeon you can trust, who is open and honest with you, will be extremely valuable throughout your journey. 

Studying at Edinburgh University, I graduated with a first class BSc (Hons) in pathology in 2003 and MB ChB (Hons) in 2006. I won the gold medals in both Surgery and Medicine. My surgical training continued in south east Scotland including 2 years working under Prof Mike Dixon OBE at the Edinburgh Breast Unit.

I am a consultant oncoplastic breast surgeon working in NHS Fife and NHS Forth Valley. On the GMC specialist register, I have been a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh since 2018. I completed a prestigious National Oncoplastic Fellowship at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield.

As well as surgery for breast cancer and benign breast disease, I specialise in breast reconstruction, including implant reconstruction, pedicled flap (LD) and fat transfer. I undertake careful cosmetic breast surgery including augmentation, breast reduction and breast lift (mastopexy).

In addition, I perform procedures for correcting asymmetry following breast cancer treatment and revisional breast surgery. This includes salvage of breasts following surgical complications and removal of breast implants with total capsulectomy.

Following training in chest wall reconstruction for gender reassignment, I work to the guidelines of the World Professional Association of Transgender Health (WPATH).

I care a great deal about my patients: getting you the right treatment and giving you a result that you are happy with. Working closely with my colleagues in radiology, pathology and oncology, I make decisions about management. My team of nurses and allied professionals in theatre and the outpatient clinic all give you the best care possible. Your ideas, concerns and hopes will always guide my treatment recommendations and strategies.

My consultations are at Dr Nestor’s Medical Cosmetic Centre, Edinburgh, Spire Murrayfield Hospital, Edinburgh and BMI Kings Park, Stirling.

Declaration: previously I have received travel and hospitality from GC Aesthetics and Roche Pharmaceuticals.

Mr. Chris Cartlidge: Education & Training


University of Edinburgh Medical School


Specialist Training in General and Breast Surgery, South East Scotland


Foundation Training, South East Scotland


National Fellowship in Oncoplastic Breast Surgery, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield

Research Publications

Journal Watch: Our panel of experts highlight the most important research articles across the spectrum of topics relevant to the field of breast cancer management

Until recently, the standard for patients with positive sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) who requested further axillary treatment has been axillary lymph node dissection (ALND). The potential of using axillary radiotherapy (ART) in an effort to limit some of the harmful effects of ALND led to the AMAROS trial that enrolled 4806 patients who had clinically node-negative disease.

Twenty-five years of change in the management of the axilla in breast cancer

Sentinel lymph node (SLN) biopsy is now used worldwide. It has led to many changes in how we manage the axilla in patients with breast cancer. We suggest that the evidence supports an optimum number of 3 nodes to be removed for accurate SLN biopsy. The evidence is clear: Not all patients with limited axillary nodal disease on sentinel node biopsy need axillary lymph node dissection. There is much to support the trend to doing less in the axilla. 

“From the minute I walked into the breast clinic and met Mr Cartlidge I had a great feeling of trust . He came across very kind and caring. I wasn’t wrong . I had such a good experience in his care and the work he did for me was so good with amazing results and minimal discomfort. He made me feel safe and no question was to much . If only all surgeons were as kind as this man . Definitely 5 stars from me ..The NHS are so lucky to have this talented caring doctor .”

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