Por qué es un doctor de primer nivel/Professional statement/Perché è un dottore di prim’ordine

Mr Josef Watfah is an expert general surgeon based in Harrow, London. He specialises in open and laparoscopic surgery of benign colorectal disorders like diverticulitis in an elective but also emergency setting. He is interested in the whole range of hernia and gallbladder surgery and treats anal fissures, haemorrhoids and other coloproctology disorders.

As he deals with major abdominal emergencies in his NHS practice, he is experienced in dealing with parastomal hernia and stoma reversals, like Hartmann's reversals after an emergency sigmoid colectomy.

Mr Watfah studied at the University of Innsbruck in Austria where he became a Doctor of Medicine with an MD in 2000. He finished his surgical training in 2011 with a subspecialty degree in visceral surgery. He spent almost three years at the Paracelsus Medical University in Salzburg, Austria at the Department of Visceral Surgery as a consultant in the colorectal unit before moving to the UK. At this unit, he ran colorectal cancer and inflammatory bowel disease services.

In 2010/2011 he was awarded a fellowship to work at the prestigious St.Marks hospital, where he worked for Prof. Robin Phillips and gained significant experience in fistula and coloproctology surgery and then continued working for Miss Carolynne Vaizey and Mr Janindra Warusavitarne, who have their interest in intestinal failure surgery and IBD surgery respectively, as an RSO (Resident Surgical Officer).

Since 2014, Mr Watfah is holding a general surgeon consultant position at Northwick Park Hospital/St Mark’s Hospital with a special interest in emergency general and colorectal surgery, including open and laparoscopic surgery.

Currently, he is also the Honorary Secretary of the Section of Surgery at the RSM - Royal Society of Medicine, where is he part of the Council of the Section and involved in planning and holding educational meetings and webinars within the RSM.

Mr Watfah is actively involved in teaching and has a high interest in training. He is an examiner on PACES (Final year student exams), an Interview Panel Member for Core Trainees (CT) and for Higher surgical training (HST) for the London Deanery and a CCrISP (Care of the Critically Ill Surgical Patients) course faculty member for the RCS (Royal College of Surgeons). He is an Educational and Clinical Supervisor for junior trainees at London Northwest University Healthcare NHS Trust and is also as trainer acknowledged by the GMC (General Medical Council). He is actively involved in clinical governance.

He is the clinical lead for SAU (the surgical assessment unit) at Northwick Park Hospital and the local lead for nationwide trials (currently the DAMASCUS trial for diverticulitis treatment). Over the years, Mr Watfah has been invited as a speaker to international meetings to talk about coloproctology disorders and emergency abdominal surgery.

Especialista en

Diverticular disease

What is diverticular disease? Diverticular disease is a general term used to describe three condit...

Incisional hernia


Anal fissure

Index:  &...

Haemorrhoid surgery


Inguinal hernia

Index: 1. What is an inguinal hernia? ...

Anal fistula

What is an anal fistula? An anal fistula is small channel or tunnel that develops between the end of the bowel and the skin near the anus (i.e....

Enfermedades, Pruebas y Tratamientos

  • Abdominal pain
  • Abdominal wall reconstruction
  • Anal abscess
  • Anal fissure
  • Anal fistula
  • Anal fistula surgery
  • Appendicitis
  • Blood in stool (rectal bleeding)
  • Bowel surgery
  • Cholecystectomy
  • Cholelithiasis (gallstones)
  • Diverticular disease
  • Diverticulitis
  • Emergency surgery
  • Epigastric hernia
  • Fistula
  • Gallbladder surgery
  • Ganglion cyst
  • Haemorrhoid surgery
  • Hernia
  • Hiatal hernia
  • Incisional hernia
  • Inguinal hernia
  • Itchy bottom
  • Laparoscopic hernia surgery
  • Laparoscopy
  • Lipoma
  • Minimal access surgery (keyhole surgery)
  • Piles (haemorrhoids)
  • Pilonidal sinus
  • Rectal surgery
  • Umbilical hernia

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  • BMI The Clementine Churchill Hospital
    Sudbury Hill, Harrow HA1 3RX - London (West London)
    (+44) 02039703136
  • Northwick Park Hospital
    Watford Road, Harrow HA1 3UJ - London (West London)
    (+44) 02039703136

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