Mr Hasan Kasem grew up and went to school in Lanarkshire. He graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a BSc (Med Sci) and MBChB in 1991. After graduation, he moved back and trained in the West of Scotland where he achieved his specialist consultant qualification in 2003 (FRCS Gen Surg, Upper GI).
Once qualified Mr Kasem took up a consultant post at his local hospital and since 2004 he has been a Consultant Surgeon at the University of Wishaw. He has also consulted privately since then.
Mr Kasem has a specialist interest in diseases of the oesophagus, stomach and gallbladder and is an active member of the West of Scotland Upper GI Cancer network. He is part of the West of Scotland Complex Hernia network and deals with all types of hernia and different methods of repair. He started and developed the Lanarkshire weight management service in 2004 and is the Clinical Lead for this.
Mr Kasem has a particular interest in laparoscopic surgery (keyhole surgery) and regularly attends an annual specialist conferences to aid his knowledge looking at the effectiveness of different treatments and learning about the latest techniques whether they be traditional, laparoscopic or novel. This helps him discuss different options in order to help his patients decide what the most effective treatment may be for them.
Last year Mr Kasem performed approximately 500 telescopic examinations of the stomach and oesophagus; 80 keyhole gall bladder surgeries; 80 hernia surgeries; 60 gastric bands and 30 gastric balloons.