Ali Abbasian

Mr Ali Abbasian

Foot & Ankle Surgeon

Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Surgeon, Guy's and St Thomas's Hospitals NHS Trust

AXA: AA03968
BUPA: 04739517

MB BS, FRCS(Tr&Orth)

Secretary: Laura Stockford - 020 7234 2673

Based at:

Special interests

Mr Abbasian specialises in all aspects of the adult foot and ankle disorders with specific expertise in:

  • Bunions, hammer toes and forefoot deformity
  • Metatarsalgia
  • Brachymetatarsia or “short toes”
  • Shockwave Therapy
  • Calf tightness and Achilles disorders
  • Ankle sprains and instability
  • Foot and Ankle fracture and dislocations
  • Sports injuries and tendinopathies around the ankle
  • Surgical and non-surgical management of plantar fasciitis
  • Flat and high arched foot deformity and reconstruction
  • Arthroscopic ankle fusions and total ankle replacement

Professional positions

Personal Details

Ali lives with his wife, a Consultant in Emergency Medicine, and their two children, in South West London. He completed his GCSE and A-levels whilst a full time boarder at Sherborne School in Dorset, where he also had the opportunity to enjoy many sports and activities. He enjoys good food and fine wine, and tries to burn them off with regular running, swimming and cycling. He has completed various running events and triathlons including a PB at the Boston half marathon.

Medical Training

Having completed his medical education at St George’s Hospital Medical School, University of London, Ali was awarded a Bachelor Degree in Medicine and Surgery in the year 2000. He then embarked on his basic surgical training before gaining a place on the North-West Thames orthopaedic surgery training rotation in 2005. This saw him through many of London’s prestigious teaching hospitals, including St Mary’s Paddington, Charing Cross, the Royal Free and the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore. In 2010 he was awarded the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and then achieved his Completion Certification (CCT) in 2011.  During a short but very busy period he was a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon with an interest in Major Trauma at Imperial College Hospitals NHS Trust, and helped during the early development of that unit as a Level-One Major Trauma Centre.

Ali is currently appointed as a Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle surgeon at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals NHS foundation trust and has been in this role since 2012. The elective Foot and Ankle unit at Guys is today one of the largest and busiest tertiary referral centres in the country.

Ali is a keen teacher. He was the Departmental Lead for Core Surgical Training at Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospitals and remains active on the faculty of several surgical training courses. He was awarded an Honorary Senior Lectureship by the Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine at King’s College London, in recognition of his teaching contributions.

Fellowship Training

In 2011, after successfully completing the US Medical Licensing Examinations, Ali embarked on a Foot and Ankle Fellowship program at the New England Foot and Ankle Centre, Mercy Hospital, in Portland, Maine, under the guidance of Dr Gregory Pomeroy. Dr Pomeroy is internationally renowned, amongst many things, for his pioneering work in the development of a comprehensive reconstruction in the surgical management of the adult acquired flatfoot deformity; a procedure that is rather affectionately referred to as the “All-American Procedure”.

Ali is one of handful of UK Surgeons who has completed a Fellowship programme that is recognised by the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS) and whose name appears on a list of “recognised surgeons” on their website.


This is a list of some of his peer reviewed publications in the Orthopaedic literature. He has also co- authored two textbooks, one on ‘MRCS (surgical exams) Preparation’ and the other on ‘Managing Hand Trauma’ . Both these books have been very popularly received by UK surgical trainees.

“The idiopathic Cavus foot – ‘not so subtle after all'” A Abbasian, G Pomeroy
Foot and Ankle Clinics of North America 2013 Dec;18(4):629-42

“Talectomy and tibio-calcaneal arthrodesis in Adult Complex Hindfoot Reconstruction” A Guha, D Singh, R Zaidi and A Abbassian
Techniques in Foot & Ankle Surgery: September 2013 ;12(3):158-162

“Calcaneal Osteotomy- A Comparison of three different fixation methods. Abbassian A, Zaidi R, Guha A, Cullen N, Goldberg A, Singh D
Foot Ankle Int. 2013 Mar;34(3):420-5

“Levels of evidence in Foot and Ankle surgery – Progress from 2000 to 2010?” Zaidi R, Abbassian A, Guha A, Cullen N, Goldberg A, Singh D
J Bone Joint Surg (Am) – 2012 Aug 1;94(15):e1121-10

“Proximal Medial Release of the Gastrocnemius in the management of recalcitrant plantar fasciitis.” Abbassian A, Kohls-Gatzoulis J, Solan M.
Foot Ankle Int. 2012 Jan;33(1):14-9

“Driving a modified car: a simple but unexploited adjunct in the management of patients with chronic right sided foot and ankle pain.” Jones C, Abbassian A, Trompeter A, Solan M.
Foot Ankle Surg 2010 Dec;16(4):170-3. Epub 2009 Nov 25

“Current concepts in the management of hip pain in the young adult.” Khan R, Abbassian A.
Int J Clin Pract. 2010 Oct;64(11):1541-5

“Achilles tendinopathy: Pathology and Management strategies.” Abbassian A, Khan R.
Br J Hosp Med, 2009 Sep 9; 70(9): 519-523

“Minimally invasive paratenon release for non-insertional Achilles tendinopathy.” Naidu V, Abbassian A, Nielsen D, Uppalapati R, Shetty A.
Foot Ankle Int. 2009 Jul; 30(7): 680-5

“Unicondylar Knee replacement in a patient with poliomyelitis.” Middleton FR, Boardman DR, Abbassian A, Maurice HD.
J Surg Orthop Adv. 2009 Spring; 18(1): 35-8

“Capsular synovial metaplasia mimicking silicone leak of a Breast prosthesis.” Krishnanandan S, Abbassian A, Sharma AK, Cunnick G.
J Med Case Reports. 2008 Aug 15;2:227

“Subacromial Impingement in patients with whiplash injury to the cervical spine.” Abbassian A, Giddins G.
Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery Research 2008 Jun 27; 3(1): 25-7

“Ankle Ligament Injuries” Abbassian A, Thomas R.
Br J Hosp Med, 2008 June; 69(6): 634-638

“The Limping Child: A clinical approach to diagnosis.” Abbassian A.
Br J Hosp Med, 2007 May; 5):246-250

“Detection of Orthopaedic Implants by Airport metal detectors.” Abbassian A, Datla B, Brooks RA.
Ann R Coll Surg Eng. 2007 Apr; 89(3):285-7

“Treating lower limb vascular claudication using community-based exercise rehabilitation.” Abbassian A, Khan AZ, Poulter E, Ransome R, Thomas PR.
Int J Therapy Rehab, Vol. 13, 5. May 2006 216-222

“Interstitial Cystitis, Selected Internet viewings.”                                                                                                Abbassian A. Ann R Coll Surg Eng. 2003; 85: 217-218

Book: “A Practical Guide to Hand and Carpal Fracture Management.”  Imperial College Press

Giddins G, Abbassian A, Langdon I.
ISBN: 978-1-84816-261-7

Book: “Operative Surgery Vivas for the MRCS.” Cambridge University Press

Abbassian A, Krishnanandan S, James C
ISBN: 0521674417

Chapter: “Foot and Ankle Chapter – ABC of Orthopaedics”

N Mushtaq, Abbasian A
In press

Chapter: “Cruciate Retaining Total Knee Arthroplasty.  Nawabi D, Abbassian A, Briggs TW
European Surgical Orthopaedics and Traumatology: The EFORT Textbook Edited by George Bentley ISBN-10: 3642347479