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Mr Alhamdani

Medical qualifications and background

After completed his medical degree at the College of Medicine, University of Baghdad, Iraq in 1996. He then worked as a House Office in General Surgery, General Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Baghdad before moving to the UK in 1998. After completing his basic surgical training in Lincolnshire and then taking up a post in Swansea as a Senior House Office, Mr Alhamdani continued his surgical training and became a Member of the Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh) in 2002. He was awarded his MD in Molecular Genetics by the University of Swansea in 2006. For the next four years, he held a registrar post in General and Upper GI Surgery at the Wrexham Maelor Hospital in Wales.

Mr Alhamdani has been a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS) and a JAG certified endoscopist since 2010. After two years working as a Senior Bariatric Surgical Fellow and then Consultant in the department of General and Bariatric Surgery at the Sunderland Royal Hospital in Northumberland, Mr Alhamdani accepted a post as General Surgical and Bariatric Consultant at the Whittington Hospital in London. Mr Alhamdani is currently Consultant Laparoscopic Upper GI and Bariatric Surgeon at The Whittington Hospital, London. He conducts general surgical and bariatric outpatient clinics, performing elective and emergency surgery and endoscopic investigations.

In addition to his NHS commitments, he continues to actively contribute to research studies and publishes regularly in peer-reviewed journals.

Research and teaching

During the three years in which Mr Alhamdani gained his MD, he focused on the molecular changes that occur in the cells within the oesophagus in patients with Barrett’s oesophagus. This pre-cancerous condition arises in patients who have gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) over a long period of time. Once the epithelial cells in the oesophagus start to show premalignant changes, the risk of progression to adenocarcinoma of the oesophagus is high. Mr Alhamdani set up culture systems to study biopsy samples from patients with Barrett’s oesophagus, demonstrating that bile and acid could be a key factor behind this progression.
His current research work involves studying the physical and psychological impact of weight loss surgery.
Mr Alhamdani is also involved in teaching and examining medical students at University College, London.

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