Mr Farhan Rashid

Consultant General, Upper GI and Bariatric Surgeon

MBBS, DM, FRCS Eng


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After completing the Basic Surgical Training in the East Midlands, I was involved in a two year research project at The University of Nottingham and was awarded a DM degree from the same university. My higher surgical training was at the East of England Deanery. I have been trained at five regional oesophageal and gastric cancer units, including Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge and two regional bariatric units in the UK. This training helped me obtain the certificate of completion of training (CCT) as well as the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (FRCS).

I have trained comprehensively in both benign and malignant upper GI surgery (both open and laparoscopic), hernia surgery (open/laparoscopic) and obesity surgery.

In 2016 I was appointed as a Consultant General, Upper GI and Bariatric Surgeon at Luton and Dunstable University Hospital (permanent post). I perform open and laparoscopic surgery for benign upper GI conditions (anti-reflux, hiatus hernia and paraoesophageal hernia), gallbladder surgery, hernia surgery and other gastrointestinal surgery.

I perform all oesophageal and gastric cancer operations at The Regional Centre at Watford General Hospital and a full range of general and bariatric surgery at The Regional Bariatric Unit at Luton and Dunstable University hospital.

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Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Farhan Rashid at Spire include:

General surgery

Other treatments

Upper GI cancers- Lap assisted Ivor Lewis Oesophagectomy , Laparoscopic/open Gastrectomy

Antireflux surgery, Laparoscopic Hiatus hernia repair

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Spire Harpenden Hospital is only able to provide Covid-19 tests to patients undergoing surgery at our hospital. Covid-19 testing or antibody tests are not available as a standalone service.

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Clinical interests

Gastrointestinal surgery
General surgery
Hernia repair surgery

Special clinical interests: bariatric/metabolic surgery, anti-reflux/hiatus hernia surgery, laparoscopic hernia repair and Oesophago-gastric cancer surgery.

Qualification and professional memberships

Research and publications

Higher research degree (DM) from University of Nottingham on 'role of oestrogen receptors in oesophageal cancer'. 

Over 20 peer-reviewed publications and authored 2 book chapters.

Current NHS posts

Consultant General, Upper GI  & Bariatric Surgeon, Luton and Dunstable University Hospital.

Honorary Consultant Surgeon in GI cancers, West Herts NHS Trust.

Senior Clinical Lecturer (Hon) at Imperial College London.

Personal profile

I am a family man and live with my wife and two kids in Harpenden. In my spare time I enjoy running and cycling. I travel out to the developing world to teach/spread my passion of keyhole surgery to young and budding surgeons.

Contact information

Telephone 01582 718 972
Private secretary Joy Pownall
Private secretary telephone 01582 718 972