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Professor Ali Khan

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Thoracic surgery


Professor Ali Zamir Khan is a leader in the field of minimally invasive and robotic thoracic surgery. He trained and worked in United Kingdom as a cardiothoracic surgeon for about 20 years before returning to India to start the Department of Minimally Invasive and Robotic Thoracic Surgery at Medanta-The Medicity in 2010. This is one of the premier multispecialty hospitals in India providing cutting edge tertiary care to patients. The minimally invasive program is one of the most successful programs in India. He has returned to London to bring back the expertise of Robotic Thoracic Surgery to UK. He is currently also working as a Consultant Thoracic Surgeon in St. Bartholomew's Hospital, London where he is providing high end Robotic Thoracic Surgery using the latest version of Da Vinci Xi Robot.

His speciality interest is in robotic and video-assisted surgical management in the field of lung surgery (including cancer, tuberculosis, bronchiectasis and aspergilloma), mediastinal surgery (Thymectomy for myasthenia & thymoma and resection of mediastinal cyst and tumors), cosmetic chest wall surgery (pectus carinatum, pectus excavatum, sinus surgery), endobronchial surgery (lasering & stenting), diaphragm surgery (eventration, hernias and trauma), esophageal surgery (cancer, perforation, benign diseases) and sympathetic nerve surgery (hyperhydrosis, intractable Ventricular fibrillation), lung volume reduction surgery (emphysema).


Education is of high priority to Dr. Khan. To achieve this end, he has started a centre (SCALPEL) dedicated to training young surgeons from across the world in the field of minimally invasive and laparoscopic surgery. He also lectures at Rohilkhand Medical College and University to undergraduate and postgraduate medical students.

Having a strong interest in academics and research, Dr Khan has published more than 100 original research papers and chapters, and delivered more than 150 invited lectures all over the world. He is an integral member of the ethics committee to approve research proposals.

He is a founder board member of Asian Thoracoscopic Education Program (ATEP) and the Indian Regent for European Society of Thoracic Surgeons. He is also keen innovator having patented multiple surgical instruments which have been named after him. He has also designed various teaching modules for training. He has received numerous awards and honours for his contribution in clinical and academic excellence.

Language spoken

English, Hindi, Urdu, Marathi

Main location

St Bartholomew's Hospital

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