Tariq Ismail trained at the Welsh National School of Medicine in Cardiff. He obtained his FRCS in 1986 and was awarded an MD with Distinction.
He then did a sabbatical at the National Cancer Institute in Tokyo before being appointed as a Consultant Colorectal Surgeon at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. He has published widely on translational research in proteomics, gene therapy and biomarkers for colorectal cancer. His research team have received a number of awards including The Arderne Gold and Syme Professorship. He was pivotal in introducing CT colonography, Video Capsule Endoscopy (“Pill Cam”) and laparoscopic and robotic colorectal surgery in Birmingham.
Tariq Ismail was also instrumental in setting up the Birmingham Bowel Clinic, which is the first private centre of excellence for managing bowel conditions in the West Midlands. The clinic offers investigation of bowel symptoms including rectal bleeding, diarrhoea, constipation, abdominal pain, anal pain, anaemia, faecal incontinence and irritable bowel syndrome. Procedures performed include laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery, colonoscopy, flexible sigmoidoscopy, operations for Colon cancer, rectal cancer, anal fistula, anal fissure, anal cancer, rectal prolapse, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis and diverticular disease. Also most general surgical procedures including hernia, pilonidal sinus and piles are available.
Mr Ismail also performs the HALO procedure which is a virtually pain free treatment for piles. He is also listed as a Surgeon on the The British Haemorrhoid Centre website.
Mr Ismail has featured on BBC2's TV "Don't Die Young" and on C4’s “Embarrassing Bodies".