Mr. Chris Cartlidge

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

On the GMC Specialist Register

Year qualified: 2006

+ Breast surgery
+ Cancer care
+ Cosmetic breast surgery

Chris Cartlidge


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

I perform surgery for breast cancer and benign breast disease and 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). I also perform procedures for correcting asymmetry following breast cancer treatment, revisional breast surgery, salvage of breasts following surgical complications, and removal of breast implants with total capsulectomy.

I have trained 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. I work closely with my colleagues in radiology, pathology and oncology to make decisions about management, and with my team of nurses and allied professionals in theatre and the outpatient clinic to give you the best care we can. I will always be guided by your ideas, concerns and hopes.

I studied at Edinburgh University, graduating with a first class BSc (Hons) in Experimental Pathology in 2003 and MB ChB (Hons) in 2006, winning the gold medals in both Surgery and Medicine. I continued my surgical training in south east Scotland including 2 years working under Prof Mike Dixon OBE at the Edinburgh Breast Unit.

I consult at Dr Nestor’s Medical Cosmetic Centre, Edinburgh.

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

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.

Excision margins in breast conserving therapy

There is a need to harmonize international guidelines on margins supported by knowledge and evidence to eliminate the intercountry and intra-country variation in margin definition that currently exists.

“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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