Mr Abunasra graduated from Glasgow University in 1994, after which he undertook General Surgery training in the West of Scotland and Cardiothoracic training in London. He became a Fellow of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow in 1998.
He was later awarded a Doctorate of Medicine from Imperial College, London in 2004 following research into Gene Therapy for Myocardial Ischaemia Reperfusion Injury at Harefield Hospital, under the supervision of Professor Sir M Yacoub, and BHF support.
He completed East Midlands Specialist Cardiothoracic Surgery Training between 2002 and 2010, and was awarded an Intercollegiate Certificate FRCS(C-Th) in 2009 and UK Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training in 2010.
He was first appointed as Locum Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon at Glenfield Hospital, Leicester in January 2011, and has also been a Locum Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon at the Manchester Heart Centre, Manchester Royal Infirmary since September 2012.