Mr Elijah Ablorsu

Consultant in General and Transplant Surgery


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I am the Consultant in Transplant and General Surgery, with a special interest in hernia and gallstones as well as laparoscopic surgery. I have been working in consultant position in the University Hospital for Wales, Cardiff for more than six years and during this period I established excellent practice in gallstones, hernia surgery and Sportsmen’s groin pain. In my practice I offer complex diagnostic and therapeutic management for these medical problems in combination with minimal-invasive (laparoscopic, key-hole) surgical treatment. My main focus is to maximize patients’ post-operative comfort, minimize pain and shorten post-operative recovery. Patients also benefit from better cosmetic effect.

My clinical interest, apart from gallstone surgery include hernia surgery, particular laparoscopic repair of inguinal and abdominal hernias. Also, I specialize in Sportsmen’s groin pain; using complex approach using laparoscopic surgery in combination with specialized sport physiotherapy. In my NHS practice I also specialize in Kidney and Pancreas transplantation, vascular access surgery and multi-organ retrievals.

My practice in the NHS is very busy and I perform over 300 surgical procedures a year. I am happy to look after patients with difficult and complex medical problems because my aim is helping to patients. All my skills and expertise I developing continuously I employ to my private practice.

A large part of my work I dedicate to service development and service improvement. In my role as Clinical Lead for Organ retrievals I managed to establish and expand £0.5 mil organ retrieval service in Cardiff that allowed to create five more jobs. In addition, I have many other leadership and managerial roles within health service. I am also committed to training, teaching for students and training surgeons. I hold Honorary contract with Cardiff University and I work in a role Educational Supervisor and mentor for the Wales Deanery trainees.

I have a major interest in research. In 2010 I conducted a clinical study focusing on the impact of Hypothermic Machine preservation on outcomes of kidney transplantation. The result of this work was regularly presented in the national and international forum. In 2013 we conducted study-monitoring biomarkers in perfusate of hypothermic machine preservation. Furthermore, I was awarded a “Pathway to Portfolio competition grant”; and currently we are completing this pilot study with promising results. This study was adopted as a portfolio study. To continue this work we are applying for this grant. In addition, recently I was awarded MRC Confidence in Concept Scheme grant for collaborative project between an academic school at Cardiff University and a clinical department within the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board (CVUHB; Dept. Nephrology and Transplantation; Mr Elijah Ablorsu). “Progenitor cell-based interceptive therapies for improved kidney transplantation”.


Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Elijah Ablorsu at Spire include:

General surgery

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Laparoscopic surgery
General surgery
Pancreatic and biliary surgery
Hernia repair surgery

Fellow of Royal Colleges of Surgeon of England / London / 2011
Awarded by Royal Colleges of Surgeon of England

Certificate in Transplantation Surgery / Berlin / 2008
Awarded by European Board of Surgery, Division of Transplantation

Certificate in General Surgery / Bratislava, Slovakia / 2007
Awarded by Slovak Medical University

Certificate in Gastro-intestinal Surgery / Bratislava, Slovakia / 2006
Awarded by Slovak Medical University

Certificate in Surgery of the first degree / Bratislava, Slovakia / 2001
Awarded, by Slovak Postgraduate Academy of Medicine

Professional memberships

Royal College of Surgeons of England

British Hernia Society

General Medical Council

British Transplantation Society

European Society of Organ Transplantation

European Board of Surgery

Professional leadership

Group member of NTOT (Novel Technologies in Organ Transplantation)
Member of NORS review Implementation Boarding Group and chairmen of group
Steering group member of QUOD Program (Quality in Organ Donation)
Clinical Lead for Organ Retrieval Service


MicroRNA-21 (miR-21) expression in hypothermic machine perfusate may be predictive of early outcomes in kidney transplantation

Outcome of Pancreas Transplantation in recipients aged 50 years and over: A Single Centre Experience

The role of laparoscopic surgery in the management of a malfunctioning peritoneal catheter

The benefit of early enteral feeding after simultaneous pancreas kidney transplantation

Staged enteric conversion of the pancreatic duct following duodenal necrosis in a non-heart beating simultaneous kidney and pancreas transplant

Outcomes of laparoscopic incisional hernia repair in kidney/pancreas transplant patients

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UHW medical staff show their support for Cardiff 10K

I dedicate all my free time to my family. They have always supported me and helped me to succeed. I do really enjoy and value the time we spend together. Sport is my big passion. I regularly hit roads for run and in combination with my morning yoga it helps me keep my body fit and my mind fresh and focused. I also dedicate time to photography. Same as surgery it does require creativity, imagination and looking at the world from a different perspective.

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Telephone 0292 073 6011
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