Mr Tariq Ismail

MB BCh MD (Distinc.) FRCS

Consultant General and Colorectal Surgeon


Tariq Ismail graduated from the Welsh National School of Medicine in Cardiff and obtained his FRCS in 1986 and was awarded an MD with Distinction. His Registrar training was in the West Midlands, Hong Kong and at the National Cancer Institute in Tokyo before being appointed as a Consultant Colorectal surgeon at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham in 1995.

His clinical practice focuses on the diagnosis, treatment and management of bowel cancer. Over 25 years of consultant practice, Tariq Ismail has led a high volume, high quality colorectal cancer multidisciplinary team with excellent patient outcomes. He also undertakes complex surgery with an established leading edge regional and supra regional referral practice for bowel cancer, anal cancer and anorectal melanoma.

He was one of the first to introduce laparoscopic and robotic colorectal surgery for benign and malignant colorectal disease in the West Midlands. Tariq Ismail has been surgical tutor and senior examiner for Royal College of Surgeons and held numerous management roles including surgery and endoscopy lead for the Trust. He was pivotal in setting up and leading the colorectal cancer MDT and Enhanced Recovery Surgical Pathways.

He has published widely on translational research in biomarkers in colorectal cancer, proteomics, gene therapy and genomics. He has mentored numerous surgical trainees and research fellows.

Tariq Ismail was also instrumental in setting up the Birmingham Bowel Clinic which is the first private centre of excellence managing bowel conditions in the West Midlands. The Birmingham Bowel Clinic is a team of highly qualified specialists who provide a comprehensive and integrated service with a multidisciplinary approach to the management of bowel conditions.

Mr Ismail also performs the HALO procedure which is virtually pain free treatment for piles which has been featured on C4’s “Embarrassing Bodies”.

He has also been featured on BBC2’s TV series “Don’t Die Young”

Professional Memberships

Mr Tariq Ismail is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and a member of the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland (ACPGB&I). Previously he has been Chair of the Pan Birmingham Cancer Network Colorectal Group, Surgical Tutor, Clinical Service Lead for Endoscopy and Gastrointestinal Surgery and Examiner for the MRCS examination at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

He is a member of the Fundraising Committee of the Bowel Disease Research Foundation, a charity to promote research, education and public awareness in bowel diseases including bowel cancer.

Current Position

Since appointment as Consultant Colorectal Surgeon to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in 1995, Mr Tariq Ismail has played a key role in developing colorectal referral pathways, advanced colorectal laparoscopic surgery and enhanced surgical recovery in Birmingham and the West Midlands. He was one the first to perform SILS (Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery) for bowel cancer in the UK.

He was pivotal in introducing CT colonography ( “Virtual Colonoscopy”) and Video Capsule Endoscopy (“pill Cam”). Mr Tariq Ismail has been featured in the popular TV series Embarrassing Bodies performing the HALO and Don’t Die Young performing laparoscopic surgery on a colon cancer patient.

Research & Publications

  He has published widely on translational research in proteomics, gene therapy and biomarkers in colorectal cancer.  His research team have been awarded major research grants from Cancer Research UK, Medical Research Council, Wellcome Foundation for pivotal studies on early detection of bowel cancer.  
His research fellows been received a number of awards including The Arderne Gold Medal by the Royal Society of Medicine, Syme Professorship by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the Digestives Diseases Prize by the Association of Coloproctology.

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