Professor Mohammad Abu Hilal

Professor Mohammad Abu Hilal

Consultant General Surgeon

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

  • Gallstones 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 a 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. 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, such as a 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.

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 presentations 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.

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)

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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, Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust

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Private contact details

Private secretary fax 023 8052 9750