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Last updated: 1 May 2020
- Lower GI surgery
- Upper GI surgery
I specialize in Hernia Surgery particularly inguinal hernias, femoral and umbilical hernias. I am the lead and highest volume surgeon in a high volume NHS hernia service in Central London and specialize in mini-incision open mesh repairs. I perform cosmetic reconstructions of the umbilicus after umbilical hernia repair.
My other main specialisation is in Endocrine surgery and I lead a high volume endocrine surgery service in Chelsea operating on thyroid, parathyroid and adrenals (laparoscopically). For the thyroid surgery I see patients and operate if they require thyroidectomy or partial thyroidectomy for goitres, thyrotoxicosis and thyroid cancer. I operate and remove parathyroid glands for patients with hypercalcaemia and hyperparathyroidism.
I assess and remove lesions in the salivary glands.
I am happy to perform intermediate surgery on lipomas and skin lesions.
Areas of interest
Hernia; Inguinal hernia; femoral hernia; Ventral hernia; incisional hernia; umbilical hernia; hernias arising in pregnancy. I am particularly interested in; recurrent hernia; Synthetic mesh repairs. I perform laparoscopic repairs when indicated.
I also specialise in thyroid; parathyroid; adrenal; endocrine surgery; goitre; multinodular goitre; toxic goitre; graves' disease' hashimoto's disease; autoimmune thyroiditis; thyroglossal cyst; thyroid cyst; colloid goitre; thyroid cancer; papillary thyroid cancer. Also parathyroid adenoma; hyperparathyroidism; hypercalcaemia.
I perform laparoscopic adrenal surgery and have done many hundreds of laparoscopy for other abdominal conditions. .
- Tahmena Islam
- The Lister Hospital Chelsea Bridge Road LONDON SW1W 8RH
- 020 7881 4168
Anaesthetists worked with
Current NHS consultant posts held
Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London.
I have honorary appointments and operate in The Royal Brompton Hospital in addition.
Thyroid disease; parathyroid disease; hernias; gastric band surgery particularly revisional surgery for slipped bands. .
Family, skiing and fishing
Entrance exhibitioner to read medicine at Downing College Cambridge, Surgical honours in finals as well as some clinical prizes. Simpson Research Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
(Additional) Languages spoken
- French - Conversational
Ablation with low-dose radioiodine and thyrotropin alfa in thyroid cancer.
Mallick U, Harmer C, Yap B, Wadsley J, Clarke S, Moss L, Nicol A, Clark PM, Farnell K, McCready R, Smellie J, Franklyn JA, John R, Nutting CM, Newbold K, Lemon C, Gerrard G, Abdel-Hamid A, Hardman J, Macias E, Roques T, Whitaker S, Vijayan R, Alvarez P, Beare S, Forsyth S, Kadalayil L, Hackshaw A.
N Engl J Med. 2012 May 3;366(18):1674-85. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa1109589.
Hürthle cell carcinoma of the thyroid: Retrospective review of 62 patients treated at the Royal Marsden Hospital between 1946 and 2003.
Mills SC, Haq M, Smellie WJ, Harmer C.
Eur J Surg Oncol. 2009 Mar;35(3):230-4. doi: 10.1016/j.ejso.2008.06.007. Epub 2008 Aug 21.
One stage treatment of parathyroid cancer.
Kirkby-Bott J, Lewis P, Harmer CL, Smellie WJ.
Eur J Surg Oncol. 2005 Feb;31(1):78-83.
[11C]Methionine positron emission tomography for patients with persistent or recurrent hyperparathyroidism after surgery.
Cook GJ, Wong JC, Smellie WJ, Young AE, Maisey MN, Fogelman I.
Eur J Endocrinol. 1998 Aug;139(2):195-7.
Recent advances in the treatment of breast cancer.
Smellie WJ, Sacks NP.
Postgrad Med J. 1994 Apr;70(822):243-6. Review. No abstract available.
Hormone replacement therapy and breast cancer.
Smellie WJ, Thomas JM.
Br J Obstet Gynaecol. 1993 May;100(5):404-7. No abstract available.
Courses offered to GPs
Freely available to give a talk at any time.
Outcomes (checked and approved by medical professional body)
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- MB BChir (hons) Cambridge/St Thomas' Hospital London 1988
- BA Cambridge 1985
- Doctorate in Research (Medicine) Cambridge University 1999
- FRCS (General) Endocrine Specialist Intercollegiate Exam Board 1999
Reference number 3281491
Professional bodies (positions held - last 3 yrs)
- Clinical Director of Surgery Chelsea and Westminster Hospital 2013
Details of entry to specialist register
- General Surgery (specialist interest in endocrine, 1999
Affiliations / memberships
British Association of thyroid and endocrine Surgeons
- Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
- 13:00 - 14:00
- 020 8746 8484
- Chelsea Outpatient Centre 280 Kings Road...
- 14:00 - 17:30
- 020 7730 8298
- Chelsea Outpatient Centre, SW3 5AW
- 13:30 - 17:00
- 020 7730 8298
Post treatment communication
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0207 881 4168