Mr Akhtar has had most of his postgraduate surgical training in the North West of England. In pursuit of his specialist interest, oesophago gastric disease, he has studied in Japan and the United States of America. He completed his doctor of medicine (MD) training from Manchester University in 2000.
Mr Akhtar has worked as a Consultant Surgeon in the Pennine Trust since 2000. In 2010 he joined the Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust as a Consultant Upper GI and Bariatric Surgeon.
Mr Akhtar also routinely performs laparoscopic operations such as laparoscopic hernia surgery, cholecystectomy and anti-reflux surgery.