Mr Zaher Toumi
Consultant General Surgeon
MD, FRCS, DipMedEd
"I know firsthand that the delivery of care is excellent from start to finish and I would not hesitate to recommend The Spire Washington Hospital to my own friends and family."
I am a consultant Bariatric and Upper Gastrointestinal surgeon who works both in the NHS (County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust) and privately (Washington Spire Hospital).
I completed my training in General and Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery in the North West of England (Manchester and Lancashire) in 2014. I was privileged to work in outstanding UGI units in Greater Manchester, Sheffield, Preston and Doncaster.
After completing my training in the UK, I was appointed to the prestigious Bariatric Surgery Fellowship at McGill University in Montreal, Canada (one of the first and pioneering Bariatric programmes in North America, which began Bariatric Surgery in 1962).
I have a passion for the treatment of obesity and type 2 Diabetes. I have extensive experience in the whole range of effective Bariatric and metabolic procedures (Gastric Bypass, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Gastric Balloon and Duodenal Switch) in addition to revisional surgery.
I also have a specific interest in the surgical treatment of reflux diseases (GORD) in addition to treatment of hernia and gallbladder issues.
I will provide you with an expert and honest opinion regarding your suitability for surgery. I will discuss with you the different surgical options and give you a clear understanding of the surgery, its benefits, possible complications and expected outcomes. I will support you to make an informed decision about your treatment.
To date I have performed more than 600 Bariatric (weight loss) procedures in Canada and in the UK in both my NHS and private practice. I have also performed more than 1000 gallbladder removal (cholecystectomy) and more than 1000 gastroscopies (OGD) in addition to a large number of hernia repairs, antireflux procedures and removals of the appendix (appendicectomies).
In addition to my clinical work I have been involved in teaching and training undergraduates (medical and nursing) and postgraduates (residents, senior house officers and registrars) in England and Canada.
I am actively involved in educational and clinical research and have several presentations and publications in major national and international conferences and journals. I am actively involved in research and I am the principal investigator for two important clinical studies in regards to gallstone treatment in the UK.
Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Zaher Toumi at Spire include:
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MD, FRCS, DipMedEd, FHEA / Damascus University, Royal College of Surgeons of England, University of Dundee / 2002
Doctor of Medicine, Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, Diploma in Medical Education
Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, FRCS Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, FHEA Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Education, PGDipMedED (University of Dundee) Member of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons (ASMBS) Member of the British Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Society (BOMSS) Member of the International Federation of Surgery for Obesity (IFSO)
I am a member of the Communication committee of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric surgery (ASMBS)
am also a member of the Communication committee of the International Federation off Surgery for Obesity (IFSO).
Is obesity a choice or a disease?
Consultant Bariatric (Weight Loss) and Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeon at County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust
During my spare time I enjoy spending time with my wife and children. We enjoy walking or cycling along the beautiful North East coast and countryside. I am also a keen runner and enjoy windsurfing with my family. I am also interested in the Arts, especially theatre, literature and music. I love to attend the theatre and concerts when I can.