Dr. Raad Saad Mohammed Al-Saffar

Laparoscopic and Thyroid Surgeon

Date & place of birth: Najaf 1971

Nationality: Iraqi


  • M.B.CH.B. (1994) Baghdad college of medicine
  • F.A.C.S. (Fellow of American College of Surgeons) (2018)
  • C.A.B.S. (2001) Arabic board of surgery.
  • Posts and jobs held since qualifications:
    • House officer in various medicine disciplines (15/10/1994 – 1/10/1996) in Al-Sadur teaching hospital.
  • Arabic board student (1996-2001) in the following teaching hospitals:
    • Al-Kadhumya teaching hospital. (General surgery under supervision of professor of surgery dr.Nezar T. Mekki, FRCS). Baghdad.
    • Al-Mansoor teaching hospital (paediatric surgery). Baghdad.
    • Al-Wasity teaching hosp;(plastic & orthopaedic surgery) Baghdad.
    • Neurosurgery teaching hospital. Baghdad.
  • 2002 -2003 senior surgeon in Al-Sadur teaching hospital. (Al-Najaf city, Iraq).
  • 2003-2006 senior surgeon in Al-Furat general hospital. (Al-Najaf city, Iraq).
  • 2006-20012 senior surgeon in Al-Sadur teaching hospital. (Al-Najaf city, Iraq).
  • 2012-till now Consultant surgeon in Al-Sadur teaching hospital. (Al-Najaf city, Iraq).


  • Iraqi medical society.
  • Iraqi society of surgeons.
  • Iraqi society of gasterointerologist and digestive surgeons
  • F.A.C.S. (Fellow of American College of Surgeons) (2018)


Published papers:

  1. Acute abdomen in elderly patients. (Babylon medical journal (2006) volume 3 no.3)
  2. Incisional local anaesthesia for pain control after abdominal surgery. (Medical journal of Babylon-2008 volume-5 no.3-4)
  3. A comparison of three methods of skin closure in surgical wounds by using a subcuticular vicryl suture, metallic skin stapler and a steri-strip adhesive tape. (Kufa medical journal 2008 vol.11 no.1.)
  4. Tension –free inguinal hernia repair comparing mesh with darn, prospective randomized clinical trial. (Iraqi postgraduate medical journal 2009 volume 8 no.3)
  5. Conversion rate in laparoscopic cholecystectomy- review of 300 cases. (Karbala journal of medicine-2010 volume 3 no.1)
  6. complications of laparoscopic cholecystectomy. (Kufa medical journal Vol. 16 No. 1 . 2013.)
  7. Fundus-first approach for difficult laparoscopic cholecystectomy. Single surgeon experience.
  8. External tube drainage versus omentopexy in the management of residual hepatic hydatid cyst cavity. (Kufa medical journal 2011.VOL.14.No.1)
  9. Laparoscopic cholecystectomy in empyema of gall bladder. (International Journal of Current Research and Academic Review Volume 4 Number 12 December-2016)
  10. FOCUS Harmonic Scalpel Compared to Conventional Hemostasis in Open Total Thyroidectomy: A Prospective Randomized study


Clinical surgery courses:

  1. Lecturer &examiner in Kufa College of medicine. Dep. Of surgery, general surgery (2002- till now).
  2. Supervisor to 4 diploma students in general surgery in four successive years. (2004 – 2007).
  3. Supervisor to Arabic board students in general surgery (2009-till now).
  4. Supervisor in laparoscopic surgery and laparoscopy training (2012-till now).


Training programs:

  1. Certificate from ministry of health license to do laparoscopic surgery.
  2. Post in laparoscopic training program with dr.Mohammed Al-Taie and dr.Majed Al-Khafaji; consultant laparoscopic surgeons in Hilla teaching hospital. (july-october 2007).
  3. Training on gastrointestinal endoscopies in Marjan GIT center in Hilla city (from October to November 2008).
  4. Training on gastrointestinal endoscopies in GIT center–medical city in Baghdad (from January to February 2009).
  5. Advanced laparoscopy training in Alsharja surgical institute (2013).


Competing professional interest:

A- Gastrointestinal surgery & laparoscopy: more than 1500 cases of therapeutic laparoscopy.

  1. Laparoscopic cholecystectomy(total , subtotal and partial)
  2. Tow ports Laparoscopic cholecystectomy
  3. Laparoscopic appendectomy
  4. Laparoscopic ovarian cystectomy and drilling
  5. Laparoscopic oophorectomy
  6. Laparoscopic total abdominal hysterectomy
  7. Laparoscopic salpingectomy and oophorectomy for endometriosis
  8. Laparoscopic adhesolysis
  9. Laparoscopic paraumbilical and ventral hernia repair.
  10. Laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair
  11. Laparoscopic orchiopexy and orchidectomy
  12. Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy for morbid obesity
  13. Laparoscopic splenectomy
  14. Laparoscopy  for liver hydatid cyst
  15. Laparoscopic adrenalectomy
  16. Laparoscopic enucleation of pancreatic Insulinoma

B- Hundreds cases of biliary surgery, colorectal surgery & gastric surgery.

  1. CBD exploration for stones.
  2. Triple bypass for advanced periampullry tumors.
  3. Coleduchdoudenostomy.
  4. Choleduchal cyst excision with Roux en Y choleduchojejonostomy.
  5. Repair of major biliary duct injury postcholecystectomy.
  6. Distal pancreatectomy with splenectomy.
  7. Distal pancreatectomy with spleen preserving.
  8. Whipple’s pancreaticodoudenectomy.
  9. Total, subtotal and distal gastrectomy with lymph nodes dissection.
  10. Ivor Lewis esophagogastrectomy (cobined surgery with thoracic surgeon).
  11. Total colectomy, right or left hemicolectomy, extended right hemicolectomy, Hartman’s sigmoidectomy and total proctocolectomy.
  12. Abdominoperineal resection for low rectal cancer.
  13. High and low anterior resection of rectal cancer.
  14. Pullthrough and colo anal anastomosis.

C- More than 1000 cases of upper &lower gastrointestinal diagnostic endoscopies (as senior general surgeon in AL-Furat hospital, in Al-Sadur teaching hospital & during training courses).

  1. D- Head and neck surgery:
    Thyroid surgery: more than 1000 cases of partial, subtotal, neartotal and total thyroidectomies with or without lymph nodes dissection, for different thyroid diseases.
  2. Thyroglossal cyst surgery.
  3. Thyroglossal fistula surgery.
  4. Branchial cyst surgery.
  5. Branchial fistula surgery.
  6. Parotid surgrey : superficial and total parotidectomy.
  7. Selective, modified radical and radical cervical lymph nodes dissection.
  8. Submandibular salivary gland surgery.
  9. Cystic hygroma surgery.

E- Breast surgery: more than 1000 differrent cases of breast surgical procedures

  1. simple mastectomy.
  2. modified radical mastectomy with axillary dissection.
  3. breast lumpectomy.
  4. breast oncoplasy.
  5. breast conserving surgery.


  • Phone number: 009647801356103
  • E-mail: dr.r_alsaffar@yahoo.com