Profile of Professor Mohammad Abu Hilal

Mr Mohammad Abu Hilal


Specialist 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)





  • 1997 Medical School Diploma - University of Brescia-Italy
  • 1996-1997 , Thesis (MD): Prognostic implications of peritumoral vessel and lymphatic invasion in breast cancer. - University of Brescia-Italy
  • 1998 Italian National Medical Exam
  • 2003 Diploma of specialization in General Surgery - University of Verona



Radiofrequency thermal ablation versus Surgery in the treatment of small unifocal Hepatocellulare carcinoma. 2004 Approval of high surgical training- Joint Committee of High Surgical Training.




  • I consider my sub-speciality as one of the most complex surgical specialities, where good knowledge, advanced surgical skills, hard work, dedication and enthusiasm are a must to achieve excellent outcome and to deliver a high standard of care. However, I believe that good communication, empathy and mutual trust and respect between me and my patients are the essential pilots to reach clinical excellence and improve patient's experience. I have a strong academic interest and have published a large number of scientific papers, book chapters, scientific reviews and abstracts. I strongly feel that every clinician is ethically and professional expected to participate to the development of evidence based medicine through clinical and experiment research. I will always offer my patients the best treatment based on the strongest scientific evidence on which I am continuously updated. I believe that the best surgical procedure is the right procedure, for the right indication, by the right surgeon, with the right outcome. Therefore, I will offer surgery only if I believe this to be in the best patients interest. I will explain to my patients all the benefits and risks associated with the surgical procedure and help them to take decision supported by evidences and results. If I think that the procedure needed is not within my surgical territory, I will make sure that patients are referred to right expertise.





  • Basic surgical training

    1997-1999 University Hospital Brescia, University Hospital Verona

  • High Surgical Training

    Department of Surgery University Hospital Verona 1999-2002

  • High Surgical Training

    Wessex Deanery rotation 2002-2005

  • Fellowship in liver / transplant surgery

    Surgical resident Hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery (Italy) 3 years Surgical Registrar Hepatobiliary-pancreatic surgery (UK) 2 years Fellowship Hepatobiliary and transplant surgery (UK) 1 year I am working as a consultant General Surgeon in Southampton University Hospital since October 2006


General surgery (day case or in patient)

  • Gallbladder surgery
  • Hernia repair,
  • Minor surgery e.g. cysts, lipomas


Abdominal emergencies

  • (e.g. appendicitis, perforated bowel, bleeding ulcers etc)


Biliary Surgery

  • Laparoscopic cholecystectomy (keyhole gallbladder surgery)
  • Bile duct exploration for gallstones
  • Bile duct repair / reconstruction
  • Resection of bile duct tumours
  • Resection of gallbladder tumours


Pancreatic surgery

  • Laparoscopic pancreatic surgery Report 1 Report 2 Report 3
  • Resection of pancreatic tumours
  • Bypass operations for obstructing pancreatic tumours
  • Surgery for the complications of acute and chronic pancreatitis


Liver surgery

  • Liver resection for benign and malignant tumours
  • Laparoscopic (keyhole) liver resection
  • Surgery for liver cysts