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Mr Ali Alhamdani
Weight Loss & Bariatric Surgery
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Mr Ali Alhamdani is a consultant surgeon working privately at the Wellington Hospital, Spire Bushey Hospital, BUPA Cromwell
 Hospital and also for the NHS, at the Whittington NHS Trust.

Mr Alhamdani was awarded his medical degree at the University of Baghdad 1996. He has had extensive training in laparoscopic
 (keyhole) surgical techniques in the UK, Europe and America and has performed over 2,500 procedures to date. He currently carries out approximately 100 laparoscopic gallbladder procedures per year. He is one of the pioneers in utilizing
the new technique STRETTA, minimally invasive endoscopic procedure for the treatment of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD).

Mr Alhamdani’s training in bariatric, or obesity, surgery conforms with the criteria required by The British Obesity and Metabolic 
Surgery Society (BOMBS) demonstrated by his fellowship in obesity surgery in Sunderland, UK. He provides the full range of obesity surgery procedures, including gastric bypass, gastric band, sleeve gastrectomy and revisional bariatric surgery. He also performed the new technique of gastric bypass which is the mini gastric bypass with its advantages of less post-operative problems and excellent weight loss results. He performs approximately 100 weight loss procedures per year and has a reputation for performing extremely safe surgery with a very low complication rate and a zero mortality rate. 

Mr Alhamdani works with a strong team of allied health professionals to help patients before, during and after surgery. The service provides long term personal follow up which is essential to maintain the excellent results of surgery.

In 2012 Mr Alhamdani set up the first multidisciplinary approach to bariatric patient in Iraq and performed the first gastric bypass
 and sleeve gastrectomy in the Medical City in Baghdad. He continues to visit countries in the Middle East to help the progression of safe and effective bariatric surgery in that part of the world.

In 2006 Mr Alhamdani completed a Masters research thesis 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.

Mr Alhamdani current research work involves studying the physical and psychological impact of weight loss surgery. He has
 subsequently published extensively in the scientific literature and has presented at national and international meetings.

Mr Alhamdani’s priority is the care of his patients. During the consultations, he considers each of his patients to be
 central to the decision making process for the treatments suggested. Many different factors need to be considered to achieve the best results after surgery and not every procedure is suitable for every patient. Mr Alhamdani sees each patient as an individual with specific and individual needs. The treatment he suggests depends on the patient’s lifestyle, medical history, preferences
and medical needs. All of these are taken into consideration before he recommends the available options and the final choice will rest with the patient.


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Medical Procedures

Gastric Bypass

Mini Gastric Bypass

Sleeve Gastrectomy

Gastric Balloon

Revisional obesity surgery

Gallstone procedure (Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy)

STRETTA procedure (minimally invasive endoscopic procedure for the treatment of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD)

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Special Interests

Bariatric (weight loss) surgery

Gastric bypass

STRETTA (endoscopic treatment of GORD)

Gallstones disease



Primary medical qualification: MB CHB Baghdad 1996

MD University of Wales 2006

FRCS 2010

Date the specialist registry 27 Apr 2012


  • International Federation of Surgery for Obesity (IFSO)
  • Association of Upper GI Surgeons (AUGIS)
  • British Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Society (BOMSS).




That's great I had a great time


Pre-operative care was fully explained and all options given to which surgery would suit me. Post operative care all instructions were given from the team, 5/5 excellent service. I would highly recommend Mr Ali Alhamdani and his team, also The Whittington hospital, for their treatment and care. I have since been discharged as an outpatient and am delighted with the outcome.


I have decided to write this letter regarding Mr Alhamdani, I was referred to the Whittington Hospital by my doctor for recommendation for a Gastric Bypass and that is when I met Mr Alhamdani. From the first meeting he explained the procedure in detail and reassured me in every aspect of the journey I was about to take. He is a credit to the hospital and I would recommend Mr Alhamdani to everyone that I meet cannot sing his praises enough, wonderful man has the good old fashioned doctor approach and I would never worry if anything goes wrong knowing that I have him for a doctor, I am not very good in putting words to paper but I feel the need to let you know he is a great doctor to have in the Bariatric Department.

Peer Recommendations

BY dr Basil Almahdi

Mr Alhamdani is an excellent Bariatric surgeon, He is both professional and highly skilled. I highly recommend him>
For specialty: Weight Loss & Bariatric Surgery
For procedures: Gastric bypass
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