Consultant profile

Mr Jafaru Abu is a Consultant Gynaecologist in Nottingham. He subspecialises in gynaecological cancer surgery (gynaecological oncology). He has substantial experience in providing treatments for a spectrum of gynaecological cancers and is renowned for his ability to perform complex gynaecological key-hole operations, including surgery for women who are morbidly obese.

Mr Abu privately practices as a gynaecologist at The Park Hospital Nottingham (BMI Park Hospital) and Nottingham Spire Hospital (Nottingham Spire Hospital). His NHS practice is based at the Nottingham City Hospital Campus of Nottingham University Hospitals. He has an interest in minimally invasive gynaecological surgery and was one of the first gynaecologists in the UK to perform Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS), a “scarless” procedure.

Mr Abu was instrumental in the introduction of total laparoscopic (keyhole) hysterectomy (TotLapHyst) for the management of endometrial cancer at the Nottingham University Hospitals. He was later to introduce the same approach in the surgical management of cervical cancer (cancer of the neck of the womb) – Total Laparoscopic Radical Hysterectomy (TLRH). He also regularly performs keyhole fertility preservation surgery for early stages of cervical cancer in young women who desires such procedure – Total Laparoscopic Radical Trachelectomy (TLRT). Also regularly performs extensive operations for advanced ovarian cancers aiming to achieve complete tumour resection. This is now ample evidence to support the fact that women with advanced ovarian cancers live longer if initial surgery is able to achieve complete tumour resection. This procedure is currently only performed by a handfull of gynaecological oncologists in the UK as it requires a more advanced surgical oncology training. To ensure his clinical skills are up to date, Mr Abu regularly attends national and international seminars both as a delegate and a speaker; and on his visits to other hospitals, he provides mentoring for other consultants in advanced keyhole surgery in gynaecology, in particular total laparoscopic hysterectomy and total laparoscopic radical hysterectomy.

International gynaecology expert

Committed to the training of other consultants, Mr Abu is involved in organising clinical skill workshops that are used to train other doctors in the skills needed for advanced laparoscopic surgery in women. In 2007, Mr Abu established a bi-annual Masterclass Course, which has become popular both nationally and internationally. In the course, Mr Abu teaches other consultants about the skills used in total laparoscopic hysterectomy and other minimally invasive procedures in gynaecology. Also a member of an international faculty of experts in IRCAD Minimally Invasive Training Centre in Strasbourg, France.


Mr Abu provides a range of gynaecological surgeries including minimally invasive (keyhole) gynaecological surgery, a colposcopy/hysteroscopy service, as well as treatments for the following gynaecological conditions and cancers:

   Cervical cancer (cancer of the neck of the womb)

   Uterine (womb) cancer

   Menstrual disorders - Heavy periods (menorrhagia), painful periods (dysmenorrhoea)

   Ovarian cysts

   Ovarian cancer and peritoneal cancer

   Vulval cancer or (vulvar cancer)

   Vaginal cancer

   Abnormal cervical smears, bleeding after sex, bleeding between periods

   Fibroids, endometriosis and pelvic pain

   Post menopausal bleeding

Professional gynaecology memberships

A member of several gynaecological societies both nationally and internationally, Mr Abu has received a number of awards including the Ethicon Travel Awards as a Gynaecological Oncology Fellow, as well as being recognised by the International Who’s Who in Medicine for his contribution to the medical profession.

Clinical interests

   Treatment for gynaecological cancers

   Gynaecological key-hole operations

Mr Abu's expertise is such that he runs a much sought after masterclass for consultants wishing to improve their laparoscopic skills. This two-day course is entitled:

Total Laparoscopic Hysterectomy Masterclass Utilising Cadaveric and Clinical Immersion Training Model.

Find out more about the Nottingham laparoscopic masterclass.

Research interests

Mr Abu has completed original research work on Menstrual Disorders and Retinoid Receptors in Cervical Cancer at the University Hospital of Leicester. This work led to various articles being published in reputable peer reviewed journals. Mr Abu continues to do clinical research work especially into gynaecological cancers. He is still involved in conducting/supporting clinical trials because he believes they are of tremendous benefits to the future patient.

Ovarian Cancer interview

Mr Abu recently took part in an interview about Ovarian Cancer with BMI Healthcare. Throughout the interview he shares his knowledge and expertise answering a range of questions including:

   What is ovarian cancer?

   What are common ovarian cancer symptoms?

   At what age is a woman most at risk of developing ovarian cancer?

   How is ovarian cancer detected?

   What treatments are available for ovarian cancer?

Read Mr Abu’s full interview about Ovarian Cancer here.

In the media

   Baby for mum after five miscarriages - and cancer

   Miracle baby for mum who lost part of her womb in cancer op

   Single Laparoscopic Incision Surgery interview in the Daily Mail


Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare 2009

Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare recognises successful medical and healthcare professionals.


Memberships and associations

Jafaru Abu is a member of the following professional associations and organisations...



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