He is Assistant Professor of Surgery, and has published more than 200 papers, including many studies on techniques, learning curve and outcomes of laparoscopic liver resections. He performs continuous teaching and tutoring activities in a number of national and international courses in both open and laparoscopic liver surgery, and he is member at large of the committee of the International Laparoscopic Liver Society (ILLS).
Olivier has dedicated a significant period of his time into research, leading a surgical research laboratory for ten years in Cochin Hospital and serving two terms in Surgery Committies for INSERM, the French National Agency for Research.
Olivier also reviews for a number of international journals, including Annals of Surgery, Journal of Hepatology, Annals of Surgical Oncology, American Journal of Transplantation. He is member of IHPBA and ILTS.
Olivier’s research interests include liver cancer, laparoscopic techniques for resection of liver tumors and live donor hepatectomy. He reported the first laparoscopic left lateral sectionectomy in a live donor with Daniel Cherqui in 2002 and the first laparoscopic right hepatectomy in a live donor in 2013.
Neil qualified from Southampton in 1990 and trained in the south-west, Wessex and Leeds before being appointed as an HPB consultant in Southampton. In 2003 he started the Southampton laparoscopic liver surgery programme and over the course of 10 years he completed over 200 laparoscopic liver resections. He was diagnosed with MS in 2011 and stopped operating in 2014. He is currently associate medical director for safety at University Hospital Southampton and remains clinically active, with outpatient management of patients with advanced or metastatic HPB disease. He has served on AUGIS and UKINETS Council, the NCRI neuroendocrine subgroup, the HPB CRG and is a trustee of the NET Patient Foundation, OcuMel UK and PLANETS charities.
He is one of the international leaders in laparoscopic HPB surgery. Mr Hilal has published extensively and described different laparoscopic surgical techniques for both major and minor liver resections as well as left pancreatectomy.
Mr Hilal has dedicated a lot of effort to training and teaching and in 2007 has developed the first international laparoscopic liver and pancreatic course. So far more than 180 surgeons have attended from all over the world with excellent feedbacks. He has performed more than 50 operations as live link operation in international meetings and has operated as live demonstration in different countries around the world.
Mr Abu Hilal is a member of the EAHPBA council and a member of the EAHPBA education committee. He is also a member of council at large of the International Association of Laparoscopic Liver Surgeon.
Following primary and postgraduate medical qualifications from India, Mr. Ravi completed higher surgical training in the West Midlands, UK. He was appointed as consultant in Birmingham in 2010. He was instrumental in setting up advanced laparoscopic and robotic HPB surgery in Birmingham. He has performed a number of advanced laparoscopic procedures including major hepatectomies and RAMPS (Radical Antegrade Modular Pancreato-Splenectomy) procedure. He is an investigator and a significant contributor for the ORANGE 2+ trial, which is an international randomized trial comparing laparoscopic vs. open major hepatectomy.
Mr. Ravi is the Programme Director for higher surgical training in the West Midlands deanery. He is a member of the Great Britain, European-African and International HPB associations. He has an active on going interest in research and training.