Consultant Profile

Dr Tahir Mahmood

Practicing at:
Spire Edinburgh Hospitals, Spire Murrayfield Edinburgh
  • Gynaecology and/or Obstetrics
    • Endometriosis
    • Laparoscopic surgery
    • Menstrual Disorders
Special clinical interests:

Laparoscopic Minimal Access Surgery for Pelvic Endometriosis
Chronic Pelvic Pain (Pharmaceutical, laparoscopic and open surgery)
Menstrual Disorders (Pharmaceutical, Mirena IUS, Endometrial Ablations, Hysterectomy)
Reproductive Medicine: Infertility investigations, Reversal of sterilisation, Management of hirsutism, Hormone replacement therapy and other endocrine problems
Benign Vulval disorder, and Pelvic floor surgery for prolapse

Research interests:

Publications in the following areas: Chronic pelvic pain, Endometriosis, Infertility treatment and outcomes, menstrual disorders (I led the National Audit in England & Wales), Endometrial Ablations, Termination of pregnancy, Obstetric outcomes etc

Current NHS and /or university posts:

Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy, Fife
Clinical Senior Lecturer, Universities of Edinburgh, St Andrews, and Dundee 

Year of first medical qualification:
Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies:

Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, London (RCOG)
Edinburgh Obstetrical Society (Past President, 2012-2014)
Northern Obstetrical & Gynaecological Society of Scotland
Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh
SIGN Council member, Scotland (Scottish Guidelines Advisory body)
American College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists
European Board and College of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Life Trustee “Lindsay Stewart R&D Centre”-, Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists, London
Scottish Committee of the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists

Contact Details 
Telephone number to make a private appointment:
0131 316 2530
Private secretary telephone number:
01592 643355 Ext 2750 - Morag Telfer
Tuesday 6pm-8pm
Background Information 
Professional profile:

Dr Mahmood has worked as a Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist in NHS Fife since 1990 and has led the development of minimal access surgery, chronic pelvic pain clinic and infertility services in the region.  He served as a Clinical Director for 8 years and was instrumental in setting quality improvement agenda in NHS Fife for obstetric services.  His  areas of special interest are reproductive medicine, which encompasses management of women with infertility problems, endocrine investigations, myomectomy for uterine fibroids, reversals of sterilisations and also dealing with minimal to moderate endometriosis both medically, surgically and through minimal access route (ablation with helium laser and excision where possible). He has published research papers in the area of pelvic endometriosis and its effect on infertility, menstrual symptoms and pelvic pain. He also has a longstanding interest in the clinical management of patients with chronic pelvic pain with or without infertility.   He leads this service in Fife and also sees patients at Spire Murrayfield Hospital.   He also has wide experience in the management of general gynaecological conditions including management of heavy menstrual bleeding, benign vulval disease and pelvic floor disorders.  

For the management of women with menstrual disorders, he offers pharmaceutical methods, insert Mirena IUS, undertake endometrial ablations and if required undertake hysterectomy. In suitable patients he will consider carrying out vaginal hysterectomy as an alternative to minimal laparoscopic access as it has a shorter length of stay in the hospital and healing without a scar on the abdomen. He led four year long National Audit for heavy menstrual bleeding in England and Wales between 2010-2014. As part of reproductive endocrine service, he looks after patients with hirsutism (excessive hair growth on face), hormone replacement treatment, requiring endocrine investigations and also see women who are at increased risk of developing malignant disease, especially with BRCA1 gene requiring prophylactic oophorectomy.  

He is also interested in the issues related to benign vulval disease, and vulvodynia where he uses pharmaceutical and surgical methods for management. He is also experienced in managing women with prolapse. 

He has served  on several local, national and international committees dealing with issues related to Women’ health, and has also served as Vice President Standards at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists where he led the development of documents describing  standards of care in obstetrics and gynaecology (accessible at the RCOG website).  He also chaired the working party for recertification of specialists in obstetrics and gynaecology and of late has been working as senior clinical advisor to the Office of Research and Clinical Audit based at the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists.   He has also led initiatives for quality improvement in Europe and is currently serving as President of the European Board and College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology based in Brussels.  He has published widely: has edited 5 books, published   150 papers in peer reviewed journals and have delivered more than 150 lectures by invitation nationally and internationally. He serves on the editorial boards of several key journals in obstetrics and gynaecology. His annual appraisals are up to date and fully compliant with the CPD programme of the RCOG.

Personal profile:

Dr Mahmood enjoys reading current medical journals, history, and walking in the country (weather permitting!) He has been actively engaged in charitable work.  He served as medical advisor to Jennifer Brown Fife Appeal for 8 years where the group raised more than £250,000 to develop midwifery led research projects.  Currently he is the life Trustee of Lindsay Stuart R & D Centre based at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.  This centre undertakes analysis of national data sets to report patient outcomes to support the development of quality standards to improve standards of care for women, in the United Kingdom. Dr Mahmood has also been appointed as International Consultant to UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund) for Eastern Europe and Central Asian countries.   

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Dr Tahir Mahmood

Dr Tahir Mahmood Gynaecology and/or Obstetrics Consultant, private hospital specialist.

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