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Mr Ajit Abraham's specialist general surgical and HPB interests include the surgical management of gallstones, benign and malignant disease of the liver, gall bladder, bile duct, and pancreas, acute and chronic pancreatitis; abdominal wall hernias, surgical abdominal emergencies, trauma and expertise with related open and 'keyhole' surgical approaches.

Specialties and sub-specialties

General and Gastrointestinal Surgery
General surgery
Hepatobiliary Surgery
Hepato-pancreato-biliary (HPB) Surgery
Trauma Surgery

Professional profile

Mr Abraham was born in Kumasi, Ghana, schooled in Manchester, and trained as a general surgeon in Pune, India. He returned to the UK in 1993 and trained in hepato-pancreato-biliary (HPB) surgery and liver transplantation in London, mainly at the Royal Free and the Royal London Hospitals.

He has been Consultant HPB, Trauma & General Surgeon at the Royal London Hospital, Barts Health NHS since 2005; and the Barts Health Undergraduate Dean since August 2020. He is also an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at Queen Mary University London.

He is an active clinical surgeon whose specialist HPB interests include surgical management of benign and malignant disease of the liver, gall bladder and bile duct, and pancreas, complex gallstone disease, and acute and chronic pancreatitis; with expertise in related open, laparoscopic and robotic surgical approaches. 

He also has over two decades of experience of elective and emergency general surgery including open and minimally invasive approaches to a variety of general surgical conditions such as groin and incisional hernias, and the acute surgical abdomen. He has expertise in the management of chest, abdomen and pelvic trauma as a trauma surgeon at the Royal London, the first dedicated major trauma centre (MTC) in the UK.

He has an MA in Medical Ethics & Law from Keele University, UK, 2004.

His other areas of interest are clinical leadership, quality improvement and patient safety and he was Health Foundation QI Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and Harvard from 2011-12.

At Barts Health, he was the Clinical Director for Surgery 2010-11, Associate Medical Director for Improvement, Innovation, 2013-14, Executive Group Director for the Surgery & Cancer Clinical Academic Group, 2014-2016. Chair of the Boards of Surgery & Cancer 2017-18, and Barts Health Deputy Chief Medical Officer 2016 -18.

On surgical sabbatical 2018-19, he re-established and led the HPB surgical service at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, Singapore delivering open and minimally invasive hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgical care to the local population.

He is the Principal of Staff College for Leadership in Healthcare.

He has published widely in peer-reviewed journals in the fields of HPB & general surgery and contributed to chapters in major medical and surgical textbooks. He has been involved in teaching and training at all levels including for the MBBS, the intercollegiate FRCS, and RCS courses.

Clinical interests

  • Gallstone disease
  • Hernias
  • Cancer of the liver, pancreas, gall bladder and bile ducts
  • Pancreatitis

Robotics expertise

Robotic cholecystectomy (removal of the gall bladder), distal pancreatectomy (pancreas resection), splenectomy, and hepatectomy (liver resection).

Current posts

  • Barts Health Undergraduate Dean
    Barts Health NHS Trust

Current teaching posts

  • Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer
    Queen Mary University London

Medical training

Year qualified 1989
  • Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Medical College, Poona University, India 1989

Languages spoken


Personal interests

Ajit is married to Natalie and has three children. He enjoys the piano, cooking, and cryptic crosswords and also plays golf badly! Ajit has practised ‘Hatha Vinyasa’ Yoga and ‘Vipassana’ meditation for over three decades.