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Mohamed Elzawahry


DPhil Student

  • Clinical Research Fellow in Transplant Surgery

I am a General Surgery Registrar with a focus on transplant surgery. I am currently working towards a DPhil. My undergraduate medical training was at Cairo University, Egypt, where I also completed a MSc (Hons) degree (Surgical Oncology) and my research was focused on the application of oncoplastic surgical techniques in the treatment of breast cancer. After my Foundation and Core surgical (Residency) training in Cairo, I moved to the UK. While gaining clinical research experience in Merseyside, I completed a ChM in Surgery from the University of Edinburgh. I was, then, appointed as a Specialist Registrar in General Surgery on the East Midlands Higher Speciality Training (HST) programme. I have a keen clinical interest in multi-visceral transplant surgery in particular liver and pancreas transplantation.

Diabetes and its severe complications, for example, kidney failure; heart disease; blindness; stroke; nerve damage, affects a growing number of people in the UK. If the risk profile of pancreas transplantation improves, it can be implemented as a treatment for a much larger cohort, benefiting those most at risk from said severe complications.

My research focuses on exploring the potential use of oxygenated machine perfusion technologies in the preservation of pancreas organs prior to transplantation with particular emphasis on the potential of decreasing the postoperative morbidity associated with pancreas transplantation. Under the supervision of Professor Peter Friend and Mr James Hunter, I am investigating the mechanism of oxygenated hypothermic and normothermic machine perfusion of the pancreas aiming to bridge the gap towards clinical translation.