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    I am a Consultant Surgeon specialising in complex liver, pancreas and bile duct diseases with a specialist interest in advanced laparoscopic surgical techniques and the development of modern surgical innovations. 

    I completed my higher degree (MD) at the University of Leeds, working with an internationally renowned team researching organ preservation. I did the pioneering work on cold liver preservation techniques, developing a novel liver preservation solution. My work was funded by the Royal College of Surgeons of England via a research fellowship. I completed my higher surgical training in Mid Trent Higher Surgical Rotation, before being appointed as a Consultant HPB Surgeon in NHS Grampian. I hold academic appointments at the University of Aberdeen as an Honorary Professor and a visiting Professor at Robert Gordon University. I also serve on the Court of Examiners for the RCSEng (Royal College of Surgeons of England) and JCIE (Joint Committee of Intercollegiate Examinations).

    With a broad research base, I have published in all aspects of my areas of clinical interest. With more than 100 peer-review publications (book chapters, review, editorials, original articles, etc.) and more than 100 scientific presentations, I remain at the forefront of the latest surgical developments and innovations. (

    I have received several awards throughout my career including five medals, merit scholarships and various presentation awards on international forums.

    I am faculty for various international courses and teach advanced laparoscopic skills to the surgeons worldwide. I am involved in developing telemedicine & telementoring for young surgeons using modern technologies.

    Education/Academic qualification

    Biological Sciences, Masters Degree, University of Leeds

    Award Date: 2 Apr 2005

    Life Sciences & Medicine, Bachelors Degree

    Award Date: 2 Feb 1990

    External positions

    Consultant Surgeon, NHS Grampian

    15 Jul 2008 → …

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    Current practice of anticoagulant in the treatment of splanchnic vein thrombosis secondary to acute pancreatitis

    Norton, W., Lazaraviciute, G., Ramsay, G., Kreis, I., Ahmed, I. & Bekheit, M., Apr 2020, In : Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Diseases International. 19, 2, p. 116-121 6 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

  • Can surgery be avoided in patients with symptomatic gallstone disease and no complications?

    Brazzelli, M., Avenell, A., Gillies, K., Ramsay, C. & Ahmed, I., 11 Oct 2019, In : The BMJ. 367, 8218, 4 p., l5709.

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  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    The role of graft reperfusion sequence in the development of non-anastomotic biliary strictures following orthotopic liver transplantation: A meta-analysis

    Bekheit, M., Catanzano, M., Shand, S., Ahmed, I., ELKayal, ELS. L. S., Shehata, G. M. & Zaki, A., Feb 2019, In : Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Diseases International. 18, 1, p. 4-11 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)