Dr. Abdul Rahman Hakeem | HPB Surgery Specialists in Chennai | Rela Institute

Dr. Abdul Rahman Hakeem


Consultant, Abdominal Trauma, HPB Surgery and Liver Transplantation

Abdominal Trauma, HPB Surgery and Liver Transplantation, Intestinal Rehabilitation and Transplantation, Liver Transplantation, Pancreatic Transplantation


Brief Profile

Dr. Abdul Rahman Hakeem has completed his medical training from Kilpauk Medical College Hospital, Chennai. Following this he moved to UK where he acquired specialist training in HPB Surgery and Abdominal Organ Transplantation including Liver, Kidneys, Pancreas and Small Bowel from Cambridge and Leeds from 2011 to 2018. He completed his PhD in Human Liver Reengineering from the University of Leeds during this period. He has received numerous awards and grants, including the ESOT Young Investigator Award (2017) and 250,000 GBP prestigious NIHR UK grant (2012). He has published more than 75 articles in indexed journals in the field of HPB, Transplant and General Surgery and has given more than 30 international podium presentations. He was also awarded the Chief Resident by the Cambridge University Hospital and completed one-year MBA as part of the award.

Educational Qualifications

  • MBBS, 2005; Kilpauk Medical College Hospital, Chennai, India
  • FRCS, 2017; Royal College of Surgeons of England, UK
  • PhD, 2018; University of Leeds, UK
  • SERF, 2012; American Society of Education, Chicago, USA
  • FEBS, 2018; European Board of Surgery, Rome, Italy
  • CCT, 2018; Joint Committee on Surgical Training, Cambridge, UK

Clinical Expertise

  • Liver transplantation, pancreas and kidney transplantation, small bowel transplantation, hepatocellular carcinoma 
  • Current research interests: liver reengineering, pancreas transplantation, improving outcomes in liver transplantation, surgical systematic reviews and meta-analysis 


Honors & Awards

  • Young Investigator Award, European Society of Organ Transplantation, Barcelona, 2017
  • Selected as‘Chief Resident’ at the Cambridge University Hospital to complete a one-year Master of Business Administration (MBA) programme by the prestigious Cambridge Judge Business School and the University of Cambridge, 2017-2018. His healthcare innovation project was selected in the ‘Top-6’ among more than 50 quality improvement projects
  • Obtained multiple grant awards including 250,000 GBP highly prestigious NIHR grant and 40,000 GBP LTHT Charitable Trust Award, Leeds, 2011-2012
  • Study and Education scholarship awards, European Society of Organ Transplantation, Netherlands, 2017 and 2018
  • Poster of Distinction award, American Transplant Congress, Boston, 2012
  • E-poster of Distinction, ASGBI, Liverpool, 2012
  • Best poster award, LIMM Symposium, Leeds, 2012
  • ‘Best oral session’ presentations at ATC (Boston), IHPBA (Paris) and AUGIS (Liverpool), 2012
  • ‘SARS / ASiT prize’ presentation – top 5 scientific oral presentations out of 750, Hull, 2010
  • National faculty for the Royal College of Surgeons CCrISP and BSS courses, 2014-2018
  • ‘Hobart Prize’ for scoring the highest marks in the University Examinations, Chennai, 2005
  • Gold medals in Surgery, Biochemistry and Forensic Medicine, Chennai, 2004

Editorial Work And Reviewer

  • Reviewer – American Journal of Transplantation 
  • Reviewer – Transplant International 
  • Reviewer – British Journal of Surgery
  • Editorial Board Member – World Journal of Hepatology

Research & Publication

  • Hakeem A, Papoulis M, Menon K. The role of neoadjuvant chemotherapy or chemoradiotherapy for advanced gallbladder cancer – A systematic review. Eur. J Surg Oncol 2019; 45(2):83-91
  • Hakeem A, Chen J, Iype S, Clatworthy M, Watson C, Godfrey E, Upponi S, Saeb-Parsy K. Pancreatic Allograft Thrombosis: Suggestion for a CT grading system and management algorithm. American Journal of Transplantation 2017; 18(1):163-179
  • Hakeem A, Birks T, Azeem Q, Di Franco F, Gergely S, Harris A. Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Warmed versus Standard Temperature CO2 Insufflation for Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy. Surgeon 2016; 14(3):164-173.
  • Hakeem A, Dave R, Prasad KR, Menon KV, Lewington A, Fernando B, Sanfey H, Ahmad N. An Imperative Need to Change Organ Donation and Transplant Curriculum: Results of a Nationwide UK Junior Doctor Survey. Transplantation. 2015; 99(4):771-85.
  • Hakeem A, Marangoni G, Chapman S, Young R, Nair A, Hidalgo E, Toogood G, Wyatt J, Lodge JPA, Prasad KR. Does the Extent of Lymphadenectomy, Number of Lymph Nodes, Positive Lymph Node Ratio and Neutrophil-Lymphocyte Ratio Impact on Surgical Outcome of Perihilar Cholangiocarcinoma? Eur J Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2014;26(9):1047-54.
  • Hakeem A, Verbeke C, Cairns A, Aldouri A, Smith A, Menon K. Laparoscopic versus Open Pancreatoduodenectomy: Oncological outcomes using Leeds Pathology Protocol (LEEPP) – A matched-pair analysis. Hepatobiliary Pancreat Dis Int. 2014;13(4):435-41.
  • Hakeem A, Cockbain A, Raza S, Pollard S, Toogood G, Attia M, Ahmad N, Hidalgo E, Prasad K, Menon K. Increased Morbidity in Overweight and Obese Liver Transplant Recipients: A Single Centre Experience of 1325 patients from the UK. Liver Transplantation 2013; 19(5):551-62
  • Hakeem A, Nasim N, Raza S, Ahmad N. Hydronephrotic kidney with photopenic defect on renal scintigram following dual kidney transplantation. Am J Transplant. 2013;13(7):1928-30.
  • Hakeem A, Young R, Marangoni G, Lodge JPA, Prasad KR. Systematic Review: the prognostic role of alpha-fetoprotein following liver transplant for HCC. Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics 2012; 35:987-999
  • Hakeem A, Gopalakrishnan P, Dooldeniya MD, Irving HC, Ahmad N. Inguinal herniation of a transplant ureter: lessons learnt from a case of “water over the bridge”. Experimental and Clinical Transplantation 2016; 14(1):103-5. 
  • Hakeem A, Nasim N, Raza S, Ahmad N. Portal Pyaemia following Renal Transplantation. BMJ Case Reports 2014; doi: 10.1136/bcr-2014-204026.
  • Menon K, Hakeem A, Heaton N. Review article: Liver Transplantation for HCC – a critical appraisal of the current worldwide listing criteria in comparison with the United Kingdom. Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics 2014;40(8):893-902.
  • Solodkyy A, Hakeem A, Oswald N, Di Franco F, Gergely S, Harris A. ‘True day case’ laparoscopic cholecystectomy in a high-volume specialist unit and review of factors contributing to unexpected overnight stay. Minimally Invasive Surgery 2018; 1260358
  • Dave R, Hakeem A, Dawrant M, Lewington A, Attia M, Hostert L, Finlay E, Ahmad N. Renal transplantation from paediatric donors in the UK. Transplantation 2015; 99(9):1968-75 
  • Tahir W, Hakeem A, Farid S, Baker R, Ahmad N. Extensive haemorrhagic crusted skin lesions in oxygen face-mask distribution in a renal transplant patient. ANZ Journal of Surgery2016; 86(1-2):106-7. 
  • Tahir W, Hakeem A, White A, Irving H, Lloyd S, Ahmad N. Extra-anatomic stent as a salvage procedure for transplant ureteric stricture. Am J Transplant. 2014 Aug;14(8):1927-30.
  • Menon K, Hakeem A, Heaton N. Meta-analysis: Recurrence and Survival following the use of Sirolimus in Liver Transplantation for HCC. Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics 2012; 37(4):411-9.
  • Pathak S, Hakeem A, Pike T, Toogood G, Simpson M, Prasad KR, Miskovic D. Anaesthetic and Pharmacological Techniques to Decrease Blood Loss in Liver Surgery: A Systematic Review. ANZ Journal of Surgery 2015; 85(12): 923-30.
  • Bedi K, Hakeem A, Dave R, Lewington A, Sanfey H, Ahmad N. A survey of the knowledge, perception and attitude of medical students towards organ donation and transplantation: a survey at a single institution in the UK. Transplantation Proceedings 2015; 47(2):247-60
  • Tahir W, Hakeem A, Dawrant M, Prasad P, Lee M, Menon K, Attia M, Baker R, Ahmad N. Early Sirolimus conversion as Rescue Therapy in Kidneys with Prolonged DGF and SGF in Deceased Donor Renal Transplant. Transplantation Proceedings 2015; 47(6):1610-1615.
  • Tahir W, Hakeem A, Baker R, Ahmad N. Diffuse Alveolar Haemorrhage: a fatal complication following alemtuzumab induction therapy in renal transplantation. Transplantation Proceedings 2015; 47(1):151-4.
  • Marangoni G, Hakeem A, Khan A, Rotimi O, Lodge P. Repeat hepatectomy with IVC re-resection for CRLM: case report and review of the literature. Surgery Today 2014.
  • Morris-Stiff G, Marangoni G, Hakeem A, Gomez D, Toogood G, Lodge P, Prasad KR. Redefining major hepatic resections for colorectal liver metastasis – analysis of 1111 liver resections. Int J Surg. 2016; 25:172-7.
  • Halazun K, Marangoni G, Hakeem A, Fraser S, Farid S, Ahmad N. Elevated preoperative recipient neutrophil-lymphocyte ratio is associated with delayed graft function following kidney transplantation. Transplantation Proceedings 2013; 45(9):3254-7
  • Raza S, Ravula P, Hakeem A, Ahmad N. En bloc kidney transplantation from young pediatric donors: A scope to increase the donor pool. ExpClinTranspl. 2014;12(3):261-4
  • Marangoni G, Hakeem A, Toogood G, Lodge JPA, Prasad KR. Treatment and surveillance of polypoid lesions of the gallbladder in the UK. HPB (Oxford). 2012; 14(7):435-40
  • Young RS, Aldiwani M, Hakeem A, Nair A, Guthrie A, Wyatt J, Treanor D, Jones R, Prasad KR. Pre-liver transplant biopsy in hepatocellular carcinoma: a potential exclusion criterion for transplantation? HPB (Oxford) 2012; 15(6):418-27.
  • Marangoni G, Morris-Stiff G, Deshmukh S, Hakeem A, Smith AM. A Modern Approach to Teaching Pancreatic Surgery: Stepwise Pancreatoduodenectomy for Trainees. J Gastrointest Surg. 2012; 16(8):1597-1604
  • Raza S, Hakeem A, Sheridan M, Ahmad N. Spontaneous pancreatic pseudocyst-portal vein fistula: a rare and potentially life-threatening complication of pancreatitis. Ann R Coll Surg Engl. 2013; 95(1):7-9

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