Bilal Alkhaffaf
Consultant Upper Gastrointestinal & Bariatric Surgeon

Mr Bilal Alkhaffaf, MBChB, PhD, FRCS
Consultant Upper Gastrointestinal & Bariatric Surgeon

Clinical Expertise

Bilal Alkhaffaf (pronouced Al-Ka-Faf) is a consultant laparoscopic and upper gastrointestinal surgeon at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust – the country’s largest specialist upper gastrointestinal centre.  He has a specialist interest in advanced minimally invasive (keyhole) surgery and has worked at some of the largest specialist centres in the United Kingdom.  Mr Alkhaffaf has further developed his expertise by visiting international surgical centres of excellence in the United States, South Korea and The Netherlands as well as a number of leading organisations within the United Kingdom.

Mr Alkhaffaf grew up in Manchester and attended the University of Manchester from which he graduated in 2003. He prioritises the delivery of excellent medical care for all his patients and believes that this should be achieved through a relationship based on trust, clear communication and an empathetic approach. He specialises in the treatment of conditions affecting the upper gastrointestinal tract. These include oesophageal and gastric cancer, obesity, benign oesophageal and gastric disorders, acid reflux, hiatus hernia, achalasia, gallstones and hernias.


Mr Alkhaffaf is active in the field of research and holds the position of ‘Honorary Senior Lecturer’ at the University of Manchester. His research activities have resulted in his award of a prestigious ‘NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship‘. Mr Alkhaffaf has a particular interest in the way surgical outcomes are reported and is currently working with international experts to make research in gastric cancer treatment more relevant to patients.

A more comprehensive overview of his research activities can be found at ‘Research Gate’.

Professional Memberships

Mr Alkhaffaf is an active member of the following professional organisations:

Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh

Association of Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeons of Great Britain & Ireland

– British Obesity & Metabolic Surgery Society

The International Federation of the Surgery for Obesity and Metabolic Diseases

International Gastric Cancer Association

The European Society of Surgical Oncology

BASO – The Association for Cancer Surgery

Faculty of Surgical Trainers