May 21st, 2013

Mr Ismail has been pivotal in the development of laparoscopic colorectal surgery and enhanced recovery pathways in the West Midlands, and is amongst the first to routinely perform the minimally invasive HALO procedure in the area.

HALO is a new operation designed to eradicate piles without the need for cutting or a general anaesthetic. At the Halocentre we offer an efficient and professional service to all patients whether self funding, privately insured or NHS.

To make an appointment with Mr Ismail for a consultation to include a diagnosis and treatment plan please call us on 020 3198 2424 or email

Education and Training

Mr Tariq Ismail graduated from Cardiff University School of Medicine in 1982, obtained the FRCS in 1986 and then completed his surgical training in Birmingham, Hong Kong and at the National Cancer Institute, Tokyo.  He was awarded the prestigious Sheldon Research Fellowship which led to the award of MD with Distinction for his Doctorate Thesis.  After completion of training in gastrointestinal surgery he was appointed in 1995 as Consultant Surgeon to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and as Honorary Senior Lecturer to the University of Birmingham.

Professional Memberships

Mr Tariq Ismail is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and a member of the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland (ACPGB&I). Previously he has been Chair of the Pan Birmingham Cancer Network Colorectal Group, Surgical Tutor, Clinical Service Lead for Endoscopy and Gastrointestinal Surgery and Examiner for the MRCS examination at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

He is a member of the Fundraising Committee of the Bowel Disease Research Foundation, a charity to promote research, education and public awareness in bowel diseases including bowel cancer.

Current Position

Since appointment as Consultant Colorectal Surgeon to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in 1995, Mr Tariq Ismail has played a key role in developing colorectal referral pathways, advanced colorectal laparoscopic surgery and enhanced surgical recovery in Birmingham and the West Midlands.  He was one the first to perform SILS (Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery) for bowel cancer in the UK.

He was pivotal in introducing CT colonography ( “Virtual Colonoscopy”)  and Video Capsule Endoscopy (“pill Cam”).  Mr Tariq Ismail has been featured in the popular TV series Embarrassing Bodies performing the HALO and Don’t Die Young performing laparoscopic surgery on a colon cancer patient.

Research and Publications

He has published widely on translational research in proteomics, gene therapy and biomarkers in colorectal cancer.  His research team have been awarded major research grants from Cancer Research UK, Medical Research Council, Welcome Foundation for pivotal studies on early detection of bowel cancer.

His research fellows been received a number of awards including The Arderne Gold Medal by the Royal Society of Medicine, Syme Professorship by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the Digestives Diseases Prize by the Association of Coloproctology.

To view Mr Tariq Ismail’s extensive list of research and publications please click here.


March 4th, 2013

A prospective observational study was conducted in 184 patients with grade III (58%) and Grade IV (42%) haemorrhoids in seven coloproctological centres. Primary endpoints were the recurrence of symptons and need of further treatment.

The HALO procedure combines haemorrhoid artery litigation with a mucopexy for the prolapsing mucosa in one procedure. The result is a safe and gentle treatment that’s effective for all grades of haemorrhoids and NHS NICE approved.

Key Results

  • No major complications
  • Low post-operative pain (VAS score)
  • 89.4% symptom free
  • 84.4 symptom and prolapse free
  • Patient satisfaction equal for Grade III & IV patients

To download the publication in full please click here!

October 8th, 2012

I live in Crawley West Sussex and have suffered from haemorrhoids for years. After reading the Daily Mail article on the Halocentre website I rang Karen on the 24 hour hotline. She was really understanding and recommended I ask to be referred to Mr Colin Elton who is based not to far from me in London. Mr Elton kindly agreed to see me and said the procedure would help.

In April I was admitted to BUPA Hospital Bushey where Mr Elton performed the HALO procedure. Quickly, within days, I felt the benefit. On my return examination, I was informed that if I take care with diet and life style I should not suffer with piles again.

I was keen to write a testimonial to confirm things did get better and I have not been aware of any haemorrhoids since. For me ringing Karen at the Halocentre was one of the best decisions I have ever made.


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