Mr Ahmad Nassar FRCS


Current Appointments:

Consultant Laparoscopic and Upper GI surgeon, University Hospital Monklands, Lanarkshire, Scotland, UK

Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer, University of Glasgow

Member of the Faculty of Examiners, Intercollegiate MRCS, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh 1998- date

Scottish Representative, Member of Council, Association of Laparoscopic Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland ALSGBI, 2004-2008 and 2014-2018

Associations and Societies:

Member of the Education and Training Committee, EAES 2006-2011

Vice-Chairman of the Education and Training Committee, EAES 2007-2011

Associate of the faculty of Surgical Trainers at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

Research and Publications interests:

Laparoscopic biliary surgery, one-session management of biliary emergencies, laparoscopic bile duct exploration, optimisation of laparoscopic techniques and instrumentation, prevention of complications, operative cholangiography, Choledocoscopy, emergency laparoscopy and difficulty grading for laparoscopic cholecystectomy.

Panel member, EAES consensus conference on bile duct injuries in 2011.

Published reports of

  • largest individual series of laparoscopic bile duct exploration (1) , now 1175 cases
  • largest individual series of intraoperative cholangiography (2) now over 4800
  • described a difficulty grading system for laparoscopic cholecystectomy  (Publication No 10), increasingly being used in multiple international publications and known as Nassar classification, Nassar scale or grade

     - New technique of single stage laparosciopic orchidopexy (3)

Training Activities:  As member and Vice-Chairman of the Education and Training Committee, contributed to the scientific programmes of EAES congresses, and to various projects including: EAES survey of instruments and techniques, EAES laparoscopic bile duct exploration Development and training Project, course accreditation and EAES Consensus Conference on Bile Duct Injuries

Organised and directed the “EAES Advanced GI Surgery Course” in the Middle East since 2008. (Oman, Egypt and Saudi Arabia).

Directed EAES Laparoscopic Bile Duct Exploration postgraduate and Hands-on courses at the EAES congresses in, Glasgow 2003, Venice 2005, Athens 2007, Stockholm 2008, Geneva 2010, Turin 2011, Brussels 2012).

Laparoscopic Bile Duct Exploration courses at international conferences in Europe (Portugal, Netherlands, Slovakia, Italy, UK), in the Middle East (Kuwait, Egypt, Qatar, Saudi Arabia), Africa (Algeria, Sudan), Asia (Pakistan, India, Iran) the Far East (Philippines, Indonesia and South Korea) including choledochoscopy workshops at ISES (Jakarta 2012), EHPBA (Belgrade 2013), IHPBA (Seoul 2014), ELSA (Bali 2014, CEBU 2017).

Formerly faculty at Cuschieri Skills Centre courses between 1998 and 2012 (Ductal Calculi, the Laparoscopic Approach, intermediate and advanced laparoscopic courses and the EAES advanced GI course).

Mentoring and research supervision:

The laparoscopic biliary firm has for 20 years attracted visiting consultants and senior trainees form the UK, Europe and overseas wishing to familiarise themselves with the logistic set-up and technical aspects of laparoscopic emergency biliary surgery, in particular bile duct exploration.

Supervised academic research projects and theses for MD degrees on bile duct exploration (3 candidates from Egypt & 2 waiting) and a master degree  (Designing a realistic anatomical model for training in laparoscopic bile duct exploration) on developing synthetic models for training in bile duct exploration (Mr Pascal Driessen, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands).

  1. Qandeel H, Zino S, Hanif Z, Nassar MK, Nassar AH. Basket-in-catheter access for transcystic laparoscopic bile duct exploration: technique and results. Surg Endosc.  2016 May;30(5):1958-64
  2. Nassar AH, Mirza A, Qandeel H, Ahmed Z, Zino S. Fluorocholangiography: reincarnation in the laparoscopic era-evaluation of intra-operative cholangiography in 3635 laparoscopic cholecystectomies. Surg Endosc. 2016 May;30(5):1804-11

      3- Nassar AHM. Laparoscopic Assisted Orchidopexy. A New Approach to the Impalpable Testis.        J Paed Surg 1995; 30: 39 - 41.