Professor Saad Tahir

Clinical Oncologist

Practising at

Spire Hartswood Hospital

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Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Professor Saad Tahir at Spire include:

Other treatments


  •          Neuroendocrine
  •          GI
  •          Gynaecology
  •          Cancers of unknown origin
  •          Urology

Secondary Interests

  •          Lung
  •          Breast
  •          Head & Neck
  •          Thyroid
  •          Melanoma
  •          Acute oncology and sarcoma

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Professional profile

Professor Tahir’s career started as a Medical House Officer, at the teaching hospital in Baghdad for General Medicine, Surgery, gynaecology and military service. In 1979, Professor Tahir was part of ‘The Institute of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine’ in Baghdad and in 1981 moved to the UK and started at the Middlesex hospital, London.

With a few years under his belt in some London based hospital, Professor Tahir moved back to Baghdad and became a Clinical Oncologist at ‘The Institute of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine’ in Baghdad. At the same time, he became a Senior Lecturer at Al-Mustansria University, College of Medicine and was an Associate Professor in Clinical Oncology, at the Saddam Colleges of Medicine in Baghdad.

In January 1994, Professor Tahir’s career took him to Al-Bashir Hospital in Amman, where he became a Consultant in Oncology before taking the step to move back to the UK to further his career. From 1994 through to 1997, Professor Tahir worked in Oncology at St Luke’s & Royal Surrey Hospital in Guildford before making the decision to move to Colchester in January 1997 where he stayed until 2004. Professor Tahir has been a Consultant Oncologist (Medical Oncology and Radiotherapy) at the Mid Essex Trust and has worked in Chelmsford from 2004 to date where he has led and supervised the chemotherapy team for 14 years.

Professor Tahir has participated as Principal Investigator in more than 50 clinical trials which have set the basis of modern medical and radiation oncology practice, mostly GI, Gynaecology and Urology Oncology but also lung cancer and melanoma. He is visiting Professor to Anglia Ruskin University Postgraduate Medical Centre and helped the formation of Anglia Ruskin Clinical Trial Unit.

Clinical Interests

Gastrointestinal cancer
Gynaecological cancer
Urological cancers
Upper gastrointestinal cancer
Lung cancer
Breast cancer
Lung cancer

• Cancers of unknown origin • Head & Neck • Thyroid • Melanoma • Acute oncology and sarcoma

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Qualification and professional memberships

MB ChB / College of Medicine, Baghdad University / 1968
Bachelor of Medicine

MSc / UK / 1984
Diploma in Medical Radiotherapy and Oncology

FRCR / UK / 1986
Fellow of the Royal College of Radiologists

ESMO / UK / 2007
European Society of Medical Oncologists

Professional memberships

Member of European Organisation Research Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) GI Cancer
Member of American Society of Clinical Oncology
Member of European Society of Medical Oncology
Member of European Society of Neuroendocrine Tumors

Professional leadership

Visiting Professor in Oncology, Anglian Ruskin University 2010 onwards
Chemotherapy Lead, Broomfield hospital until Dec 2015
Oncology Lead Clinician, Broomfield Hospital 2012-2014

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Personal Profile

Professor Saad Tahir loves watching football and cricket, and is a visiting Professor in Oncology at the Anglia Ruskin University where he has contributed since 2010. 

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Private contact details

Telephone 01245 243700
Private secretary Yasmin Khalil

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