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Professor Mohammad Abu Hilal

Professor Mohammad Abu Hilal

Consultant General Surgeon
MD FRCS FACS EBSQ(HPB) Phd DocEurp

Practising at

Spire Southampton Hospital

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Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Professor Mohammad Abu Hilal at Spire include:

General surgery

Other treatments

  • Gall stones disease
  • Hernia repair surgery
  • Laparoscopic and open liver surgery
  • Laparoscopic and open pancreatic surgery
  • Laparoscopic surgery
  • Liver disease
  • Pancreatic and biliary surgery
  • Pancreatitis

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Professional profile

I am a Professor of Hepatobiliary Pancreatic and Minimally Invasive surgery at Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust and Spire Southampton Hospital. I trained as a general surgeon and gained further specialisation in liver surgery, pancreatic surgery and biliary surgery.

I have a special interest in Laparoscopic (keyhole) Surgery and I have led the development of keyhole surgery for the liver and pancreas in the Uk. In the last 12 years I have accumulated one of the largest international experiences in this surgical field. I have developed and published and number of laparoscopic surgical techniques and have offered training and proctoring to more than 300 surgeons from all over the world. At the moment, 90% of my practice is laparoscopic, from the simple procedures, such as laparoscopic hernia repair and gallbladder removal to the most complex pancreatic and liver resections (including Laparoscopic Whipple’s resections and Hemihepatectomies). I am very proud of this, having witnessed the great advantages the Laparoscopic approach offers to my patients, when compared to the traditional open surgery. This is reflected in different postoperative aspects including; shorter hospital stay, earlier functional recovery, and lower complication rates.

In 2014 I represented the UK in the last consensus meeting on laparoscopic liver surgery, held in japan. In 2016, I acted as an expert panel member in the European consensus on Laparoscopic Pancreatic surgery in Amsterdam, the international consensus on Minimally Invasive Pancreatic surgery in Sao Paolo and the International consensus of laparoscopic Hepatobiliary Pancreatic surgery in Coimbatore. In February 2017, I had the honour to host and chair the international expert committee for the development of guidelines in Laparoscopic Liver Surgery (http://www.egmlls2017.com). During this meeting the first set of international Guidelines on Laparoscopic Liver Surgery, were presented. Those guidelines are now published in the highest ranking surgical journal (Annals of Surgery) as The Southampton Guidelines for Laparoscopic Liver Surgery.

I strongly believe in evidence-based medicine and have a very active academic profile. I have published more than 100 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals in addition to hundreds of abstracts and oral presentation, delivered world-wide. I am regularly invited give lectures about Keyhole surgery of the liver and pancreatic surgery in national and international meetings and I am regularly invited to demonstrate surgical techniques via live link surgery from my hospitals and other European and International centres. My personal philosophy is that every case should be fully and carefully evaluated on its own merits. In complex cases, the right management plan should be decided after consultation between the consultant and a team of clinicians from a variety of fields, including, Radiology, Oncology, Histopathology, Surgery and Gastroenterology called multi-disciplinary team (MDT). This approach is essential to ensure a careful evaluation of the case and a correct diagnosis and management plane. Welcome again and I hope you will have clear explanations to address your doubts and answer all your questions.


Clinical Interests


Liver Surgery (liver cancer and benign liver conditions) Pancreatic Surgery (pancreatic cancer and benign Pancreatic conditions) Biliary and Laparoscopic (Keyhole) Surgery (laparoscopic cholecystectomy, gallstone, bile duct cancer and bile duct benign conditions)

Private contact details

Website http://www.allps.co.uk
Private secretary Linda Beadle
Private secretary fax 023 8052 9750
Private secretary email linda@gichoice.co.uk
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Qualification and professional memberships

Professional leadership

Chairman of the membership committee of the international laparoscopic liver society
Chairman of the Innovation and Development Committee of the European Hepatobiliary Pancreatic Association
Member of the Executive Council of the International Laparoscopic Liver Society
Council member of the of European Hepatobiliary Pancreatic Association
Fellowships coordinator, Southampton University Hospital
Research and development lead for Surgery, Southampton University Hospital
Audit lead for Surgery, Southampton University Hospital

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Current NHS posts

Consultant Hepatabiliary-pancreatic Surgeon

Chair in Hepatobiliary Pancreatic and minimally invasive Surgery

Research and Development Lead for Surgery

Hepatobiliary Clinical Lead 

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Financial Interests

Holds less than 0.1% of the shares in Spire Healthcare Group Plc

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