Mr Elijah Ablorsu

Mr Elijah Ablorsu

Consultant in General and Transplant Surgery


Specialises in

  • General surgery
  • Hernia surgery
  • Gallbladder/gallstone removal
  • Laparoscopic repair of inguinal and abdominal hernias

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I am the Consultant in Transplant and General Surgery, particularly interested in hernia, gallstones, and laparoscopic surgery. I have worked as a consultant at the University Hospital for Wales, Cardiff, for more than thirteen years. During this period, I established excellent clinical practice in gallstones, hernia surgery and Sportsmen’s groin pain.

I offer complex diagnostic and therapeutic management for these medical problems in my practice. I employ cutting-edge laparoscopic surgical techniques (minimal-invasive, key-hole), ensuring that my patients benefit from shorter hospital stays, reduced post-operative discomfort, and faster recovery times. While medically effective, this approach also offers minimal scarring, ensuring that patients are as aesthetically pleased as they are physically healed.

Beyond gallstone surgery, my clinical interests encompass hernia surgery, particularly the laparoscopic repair of inguinal and abdominal hernias. Recognising the unique challenges of Sportsmen’s groin pain, I deploy a holistic treatment regimen that marries the benefits of laparoscopic surgery with the rehabilitative powers of specialised physiotherapy.

In my NHS practice, I also specialise 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 I aim to help patients. I continuously employ all my skills and expertise in my private practice.

I dedicate a large part of my work to service development and improvement. As Clinical Lead for Organ retrievals, I established and expanded the £0.5 million organ retrieval service in Cardiff and created 3 more jobs just last year. 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 an Honorary contract with Cardiff University and work as an Educational Supervisor and mentor for the Wales Deanery trainees.

In addition, I have a significant research interest. In 2010, I conducted a clinical study investigating the benefit of Machine preservation in improving outcomes of kidney transplantation. The result of this work was regularly presented in the national and international forums. In 2013, we conducted study-monitoring biomarkers in perfusate of hypothermic machine preservation. I received several research grants and results regularly published and presented at national and international professional forums.


General Medical Council Number: 6097510

Treatment information

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

General surgery

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Additional information

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

Media Coverage

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 02920 736 011
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