Mr Ross Elledge BChD(Hons) MBChB(Hons) MMedEd MFDSRCPS(Glasg) MRCS MAcadMedEd FHEA FRCS(OMFS)

Mr Ross Elledge

School of Dentistry

Contact details

School of Dentistry 3rd Floor
Birmingham Dental Hospital
5 Mill Pool Way
Birmingham B5 7EG

Ross is a Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon with University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust with subspecialty interests in skin cancer, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) surgery and medical/dental education.

Following completion of higher surgical training in the West Midlands, he undertook national Training Interface Group (TIG) Fellowships in Reconstructive Aesthetic Surgery and the Management of Skin Cancer in Nottingham and Leeds respectively.

Ross has a strong interest in medical/dental education and graduated with distinction from the acclaimed Masters in Medical Education (MMEd) distance-learning programme with the University of Dundee. Since 2016 he has held the position of Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer with the College of Medical and Dental Sciences at the University of Birmingham. His current role with the School of Dentistry is Module Lead for the Human Diseases programme that runs in the third year of the BDS degree, as well as being Co-Lead for the Intermediate Clinical Practice module in the fourth year.

He has published pedagogical research concentrating on technology-enhanced learning (TEL), particularly the design of bespoke virtual learning environments (VLEs) and flipped classrooms. 


  • FRCS (OMFS) Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, 2017
  • FHEA Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • MAcadMedEd Membership of the Academy of Medical Educators
  • MMedEd Masters in Medical Education, University of Dundee, 2015
  • MRCS Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons, 2012
  • MBChB(Hons) Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery with Honour, University of Birmingham, 2010
  • MFDSRCPS(Glasg) Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgeons of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, 2006
  • BChD(Hons) Bachelor of Dental Surgery with Honours, University of Malta 2003


Ross studied for his undergraduate dental degree in Malta, graduating first in his class in 2003 with distinctions in oral surgery, oral medicine, oral pathology and child dental health and orthodontics. He worked for the state health system in Malta between 2003 and 2005 before relocating to the United Kingdom. He then worked in the West of Scotland (2005-2007) as a senior house officer in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and came to Birmingham to complete an accelerated medical degree, graduating in 2010 first in his class. He was awarded the Sir Arthur Thompson Gold Medal and the Chancellor’s Prize, given annually to one graduate entry student deemed to have an outstanding academic record and have contribute the life of the university.

Following graduation, Ross worked as junior doctor in the West Midlands including completing core training in plastic surgery. He then gained a place on the higher training programme in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in the West Midlands, where he acted as trainee representative on the trainer’s committee in the region. He completed his exit Fellowship examinations in 2017 and specialty training in 2018 with two nationally awarded sub-specialty training fellowships in cosmetic surgery (Nottingham) and skin cancer (Leeds).

In 2018 Ross was appointed as Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust with subspecialty interests in TMJ surgery and skin cancer. He has recently co-edited a forthcoming revision textbook for the FRCS(OMFS) clinical examination and is a contributing editor to eFACE, an online learning resource for junior trainees in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.


  • Dental Surgery BDS
    • Module Lead, Human Disease BDS 3
    • Co-Lead, Intermediate Clinical Practice BDS 4


Ross has been actively involved in pedagogical research during his time as a higher trainee. His Masters dissertation focused on the impact of a virtual learning environment (VLE) for emergency department staff in dealing with maxillofacial emergencies. Following on from this he has published research into “flipped classrooms” for postgraduate training of dental core trainees in the British Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Other areas of interest include designing a novel classification system for extended temporomandibular joint (TMJ) replacements, outcomes reporting in prosthetic joint replacements and examining disparities in training opportunities and experience in TMJ surgery nationally.

Other activities

  • Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon with subspecialty interests in temporomandibular joint (TMJ) surgery and skin cancer at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
  • Examiner for the Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgery (MFDS) examinations with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
  • Fellow of the British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (BAOMS)
  • Module editor, eFACE (Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare)
  • Associate Member of the European Society of TMJ Surgeons (ESTMJS)
  • Lead for the British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (BAOMS) TMJ Sub-Specialty Interest Group (SSIG)
  • Associate Editor, British Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons



Breeze J, Elledge R. SBAs for the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery FRCS © Oxford University Press, 2022 ISBN 9780192864659

Elledge R, Picard O. Dental Interviews: A Comprehensive Guide to DCT & ST Interview Skills © ISC Medical, 2020 ISBN 978-1905812257

Breeze J, Elledge R, Williams R (Editors) FRCS (Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery) Part 2: 100 Clinical Cases © JayPee Brothers Medical Publishers, 2020 ISBN 978-1-909836-83-9

Book chapters

Elledge ROC, Speculand B. Conservative management options for dislocation of the temporomandibular joint. In: Matthews S (Ed.) Dislocation of the Temporomandibular Joint. Springer, 2018 ISBN 978-3-319-62652-9

Laverty DP, Addison O, Elledge R, Parmar S. Oral prosthodontic rehabilitation of head and neck cancer patients.  In: Kuriakose MA (Ed.) Contemporary Oral Oncology: Rehabilitation and Supportive Care. Springer, 2017 ISBN 978-3-319-43855-9

Elledge ROC, Elledge R, Edmondson S, Parmar S. Oncologic dentistry and implants. In: Vermorken JB, Budach V, Leemans CR, Machiels J-P, Nicolai P, O’Sullivan B (Eds.) Critical Issues in Head and Neck Oncology: Key Concepts from the Fifth THNO Meeting. Springer-Verlag, London 2017 ISBN 978-3-319-42907-6

Elledge ROC, McMillan K, Monaghan AM, Williams R. Vascular anomalies. In: Carachi R, Doss S (Eds) Clinical Embryology: An Atlas of Congenital Malformations. Springer, 2016 ISBN 978-3-319-26158-4 (Chapter accepted, anticipated publication date February 11, 2019)

Review articles

Elledge ROC, Speculand B. Indications for replacement after alloplastic TMJ device failure: a narrative review. Front Oral Maxillofac Med [Published online ahead of print]

Elledge ROC, Brennan PA, Mohamud A, Jones J. Phronesis and virtue ethics: the future of surgical training? Br J Oral Maxillofac Surg 2020;58(2):125-8

Elledge ROC, Mercuri LG, Attard A, Green J, Speculand B. A review of emerging temporomandibular j

Elledge ROC. Current thinking in medical education research: an overview. Br J Oral Maxillofac Surg 2018;56(5):380-383

Elledge ROC, Parmar S. Free flaps for head and neck cancer in paediatric and neonatal patients. Curr Opin Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2018;26(2):127-133

Elledge ROC. Designing written patient information in primary dental care: the right tools for the job. Dent Update 2012;39:57-62

Elledge R. Current concepts in research related to oncogenes implicated in salivary gland tumorigenesis: a review of the literature. Oral Dis 2009 May; 15(4):249-54

Clinical research articles

MTReC Writing Group; MTReC Collaborative. Airway management, intensive care requirement, and corticosteroid use in cervicofacial infections: a Maxillofacial Trainee Research Collaborative (MTReC) study. Br J Oral Maxillofac Surg 2022 [Published online ahead of print]

Higginson J, Panayides C, Speculand B, Mercuri LG, Elledge ROC. Modification of an extended total temporomandibular joint replacement (eTMJR) classification system. Br J Oral Maxillofac Surg 2022 [Published online ahead of print]

Ahmed A, McGoldrick DM, Elledge R. Clinical negligence claims in oral and maxillofacial surgery over the last ten years. Br J Oral Maxillofac Surg 2021 [Published online ahead of print]

Henry A, MTReC Writing group; MTReC Collaborating authors. Clinical features and presentation of cervicofacial infection: a Maxillofacial Trainee Research Collaborative (MTReC) study. Br J Oral Maxillofac Surg 2021;59(4):433-8

Elledge R, Jones J. Character failings in the surgeon fallen from grace: a thematic analysis of disciplinary hearings against surgeons 2016-2020. J Med Ethics 2021 [Published online ahead of print]

Kent S, MTReC Writing group; MTReC Collaborating authors. The use of steroids in cervicofacial infections in UK OMFS departments: a Maxillofacial Surgery Trainees Research Collaborative (MTReC study). Oral Maxillofac Surg 2021;25(3):345-349

Elledge ROC, Higginson J, Mercuri LG, Speculand B. Validation of an extended total joint replacement (eTJR) classification system for the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) Br J Oral Maxillofac Surg 2021;59(7):788-791

Al-Izzi T, Breeze J, Elledge R. Following COVID-19 clinicians now overwhelmingly accept virtual clinics in oral and maxillofacial surgery. Br J Oral Maxillofac Surg 2020;58(10):e290-e295 Elledge R, Williams R, Fowell C, Green J. Maxillofacial education in the time of COVID-19: the West Midlands experience. Br J Oral Maxillofac Surg 2022;60(1):52-57

Al-Izzi T, Breeze J, Elledge R. Clinicians’ and patients’ acceptance of the virtual clinic concept in maxillofacial surgery: a departmental survey. Br J Oral Maxillofac Surg 2020;58(4):458-461

Elledge R. The Birmingham Mandible and Mid-face Rules: determining variables for inclusion in a clinical predictor rule. Br J Oral Maxillofac Surg 2020;58(5):597-601

Atkins PA, Willis A, Donachie C, Elledge R, Thomas SJ, Ni Riordain R, Galvin S, Marney C, Setterfield JF, Smith PM, Hammond D. Human Disease/Clinical Medical Sciences in Dentistry: current state and future development of undergraduate assessments in the UK and Ireland. Eur J Dent Educ 2020;24(3):442-8

Elledge ROC, Mercuri LG, Speculand B. Extended total temporomandibular joint replacements (TMJ eTJR): a classification system. Br J Oral Maxillofac Surg 2018;56(7):578-581

Elledge ROC, Houlton S, Hackett S, Evans M. “Flipped classrooms” in Maxillofacial Surgery training: a step ahead of the traditional didactic lecture? Br J Oral Maxillofac Surg 2018;56(5):384-387

Chohan P, Elledge R, Virdi M, Walton GM. The provision of surgical tracheostomies by Maxillofacial Surgeons in the United Kingdom: time for a dedicated tracheostomy team? Ann R Coll Surg Eng 2017;19:1-4

Elledge ROC, Attard A, Green J, Lowe D, Rogers SN, Sidebottom AS, Speculand B. UK temporomandibular joint replacement database: a report on one-year outcomes. Br J Oral Maxillofac Surg 2017;55(9):927-31

Elledge ROC, Green J, Attard A. Training in TMJ: the UK Trainers’ perspective. Br J Oral Maxillofac Surg 2017;55(1):61-66

Elledge ROC, Chaggar J, Knapp N, Martin T, White N, Evriviades D, Edmondson S, Parmar S. Craniofacial implants at a single centre 2005-2015: a retrospective review of 451 implants. Br J Oral Maxillofac Surg 2017;55(3):242-5

Elledge ROC, Speculand B, Green J, Attard A. Training in TMJ Surgery: UK OMFS trainee perceptions. Br J Oral Maxillofac Surg 2016;54(8):941-5

Elledge ROC, McAleer S, Thakar M, Begum F, Singhota S, Grew N.  The impact of a Maxillofacial Virtual Learning Environment on Emergency Department referral quality, staff knowledge and attitudes  Br J Oral Maxillofac Surg 2016;54(2):166-9

Elledge ROC, McAleer S. Content planning for a brief educational intervention in maxillofacial emergencies for Emergency Department staff: a modified Delphi study Br J Oral Maxillofac Surg 2015;53(2):109-13

Elledge ROC, Elledge R, Aquilina P, Hodson J, Dover S. The role of alcohol in maxillofacial trauma: a comparative retrospective audit between two centres. Alcohol 2011;45(3):239-43

Elledge R, Khazaee-Farid R, Walker RJ, Sundaram K, Monaghan A. A library based ecological study to investigate the contribution of ethnicity to the incidence of oral cancer within health authorities in England and Wales. Br J Oral Maxillofac Surg 2011;49(1):42-6

Stewart CJ, Elledge RO, Kinirons MJ, Welbury RR Factors affecting the timing of pulp extirpation in a sample of 66 replanted avulsed teeth in children and adolescents. Dent Traumatol 2008 Dec; 24(6):625-7

Elledge R, Alexopoulos E, Hosey MT Dental anxiety levels and outcomes of care: A preliminary report on experiences of a sedation assessment clinic. Eur Arch Paediatr Dent 2007; 8(4):211-214

Case reports

Elledge ROC, Nandra B, Bates T, Zardo D, Parmar S. Storiform collagenoma (sclerotic fibroma) of the oral mucosa. Br J Oral Maxillofac Surg 2020;58(2):231-233

Elledge ROC, Chandegra R, Stockton P. The use of buccal cortex as an interpositional bone graft in mandibular setbacks. Br J Oral Maxillofac Surg 2017;55(8):853-4

Elledge ROC, Saggu M, Parmar S, Martin T, Praveen P. De-epithelialized radial forearm free flap for re-contouring the buccal commissure. Br J Oral Maxillofac Surg 2017;55(2):205-6

Elledge R, Elledge ROC, Raskauskiene D. Metastatic involvement of the maxillary antrum from an uncommon source Dental Update 2014;41:230-5

Elledge ROC, Dasari KK, Roy S. Panton-Valentine leukocidin (PVL) positive Staphylococcus aureus osteomyelitis of the tibia in a 10 year-old child J Pediatr Orthop B 2014;23(4):358-63

Marwick J, Elledge RO, Burtenshaw A. Ethylene glycol poisoning and the lactate gap. Anaesthesia 2012;67(3):299

Elledge ROC, Mohan D. A penetrating injury with a cocktail stick resulting in a spreading infection with Streptococcus milleri BMJ Case Reports online [doi:10.1136/bcr.02.2009.1592]

Elledge RO, Khazaee-Farid R, Neilson JR, Ishaq S. A pathological disagreement. Int J Colorectal Dis 2009 Nov; 24(11):1347-8

Elledge R, Welbury RR, Fung DE Multiple dental anomalies in siblings with an unknown dysmorphic syndrome (abstract). Int Jour Paed Dent 2006; 16(s1):5-14


Elledge R. Book review: Transformative reflection for practicing physicians and surgeons: reclaimaing professionalism, wisdom and moral agency. Br J Oral Maxillofac Surg 2020;59(2):156

Elledge R, Mercuri LG, Attard A, Green J, Speculand B. Re: re: Review of emerging temporomandibular joint total joint replacement systems. Br J Oral Maxillofac Surg 2020; 58(3):380

Sibanda L, Elledge R, Twohig EM. Incidental finding of an accessory inferior alveolar nerve. Br J Oral Maxillofac Surg 2019;57(5):487-8

Elledge R, Walton G, Sandhu R, Prasad S, Howe D.  Re: Should we consider devolution of “head and neck” surgery from the specialties of oral and maxillofacial surgery; ear, nose and throat surgery; and plastic surgery?  Br J Oral Maxillofac Surg 2017;55(5):566

Al-Ali S, Elledge R, Ilchyshyn A, Stockton P. When the cows come home: occupational tinea barbae in a cattle farmer. Br J Oral Maxillofac Surg 2017;55(5):e31-32

Al-Ali S, Elledge R, Esmil T, Walton G. The thyro-lingual trunk: an aberrant branching pattern of the external carotid artery. Br J Oral Maxillofac Surg 2017;55(4):437-8

Elledge ROC, Alexander R. Re: Dhanda J, Opie N, Webster K, Tanday A, Mumtaz S, Visram S. Impact of Modernising Medical Careers on basic surgical training and experience of oral and maxillofacial higher surgical trainees [Br J Oral Maxillofac Surg 49 (2011) 62–64]. Br J Oral Maxillofac Surg 2011;49(5):e24

Elledge R. Medical classics: Blindness, a novel by Jose Saramago. BMJ 2010:341;c5680

Elledge RO. Minimum alcohol price: good supporting evidence exists. BMJ 2010;341:c4701. doi: 10.1136/bmj.c4701