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Safaei-Keshtgar, Alireza

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Consultant children's surgeon

Alireza Safaei-Keshtgar - consultant children's surgeon

Area of expertise: general paediatric surgery and surgery of colorectal disorders in newborn and children

Biography

Mr Alireza Safaei-Keshtgar has been a full time consultant children's (paediatric) surgeon at Evelina London and Lewisham Hospitals since October 2004. He completed his postgraduate training and research in renowned hospitals in the United Kingdom including Great Ormond Street, Alder Hey, Southampton, Lewisham and Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust.

He has expertise in investigations and surgical treatments of colorectal and gastrointestinal disorders in newborn babies and children and has a subspecialty interest in minimally invasive surgery. 

Alireza has developed pioneering innovations in the NHS including botulinum toxin treatment and transcutaneous needle-free injection of the toxin as a novel treatment of chronic functional constipation and anal fissure in children. He is the audit lead for paediatric surgery and has contributed to evidence practice through numerous publications in peer reviewed journals, presentations in international conferences and drawing guidelines for surgery in newborn and children.

Alireza has led the organisation and running of the first international advanced training course and workshop in anorectal manometry and endosonography in the United Kingdom.

In his role as Honorary Senior Lecturer at King’s College, University of London, he supervises 4th and 5th year medical students and he is an examiner of MBBS programme.

Alireza is a peer reviewer for international journals of children's surgery.

He is a member of British Association of Paediatric Surgeons, British Association of Paediatric Endoscopic Surgeons, British Medical Association and Medical Protection Society.

Further information

Education and training

  • PhD, King’s College, University of London (2009)
  • FRCS (Paeds), Fellowship of Intercollegiate Speciality Board in Paediatric Surgery of United Kingdom and Ireland (1997)
  • FRCSI, Fellowship of Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland (1992)
  • MB BS, King Edward Medical University, Lahore (1986).

Specialist interests

  • expertise in investigations and treatments of colorectal disorders in newborns and children, including Hirschsprung disease, anorectal malformations and chronic functional constipation and faecal incontinence
  • anorectal manometry, biofeedback training treatment, anal endosonography and colonic transit study
  • minimally invasive surgery and laparoscopy
  • lower and upper gastrointestinal surgery.

Research interests

  • double blind randomised control trial (RCT) of ‘botulinum toxin’ injection versus ‘myectomy’ of internal anal sphincter and ‘anal dilatation versus ‘control’ for treatment of chronic idiopathic constipation (CIC) in children
  • double blind RCT of needle-free ‘botulinum toxin’ injection into external anal sphincter versus control for treatment of CIC in children.

Publications

Contacts

Secretary telephone

Tel: 020 7188 4593
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