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Dr. Rakesh Rai is a HPB (hepato-pancreato-biliary) and transplant (liver, kidney and pancreas) surgeon based at King’s college hospital in Dubai.

Dr. Rai has trained extensively in some of the best medical centres in the world. After completing his General surgical residency in King Edward Memorial hospital in Mumbai in India, he went to UK for higher surgical training. In UK, Dr. Rai carried out basic research on radio frequency ablation of liver tumours leading to award of MD by the university of Newcastle. He underwent specialist registrar training for 6 years where he gained experience in vascular surgery, HPB surgery and transplant surgery. He worked in the HPB unit at Royal Free hospital, London, Freeman hospital, Newcastle and queen Elizabeth hospital in Birmingham. He passed his FRCS (intercollegiate) exam and was awarded CCT (certificate of completion of training) and was registered on specialist register in GMC.

Following his training in UK, Dr. Rai moved to USA and joined University of Tennessee at Memphis for his transplant surgery fellowship at Methodist Transplant Institute (James D Eason Institute of transplantation). He spent almost two and half years training in Liver, kidney and pancreas transplant and HPB surgery. Methodist Transplant Institute is one of the top ten liver transplant centres in USA.

Following his training in USA he got an International fellowship to train in living donor liver transplantation at Asan Medical Centre in Seoul, South Korea. Asan medical centre is the largest liver transplant centre in the world by volume.

Dr. Rai spent some time as consultant at King Fahad specialist hospital at Dammam in Saudi Arab before returning to India.

Before joining KCH Dr. Rai was a busy HPB and transplant surgeon attached to few of the most prestigious private hospitals in Mumbai India like – Fortis group of hospitals and PD Hinduja hospital.

Dr. Rai has treated patient with liver and pancreatic diseases not only from India but also patients from Africa, middle east and Bangladesh travelling to Mumbai for advanced surgical treatment.

Dr. Rai has published in International journals and has delivered  for scientific lectures in many countries. He has also authored a book on Radio-frequency ablation of liver tumour.

Dr. Rai has been a post graduate teacher at the MUHS (Maharashtra university of health sciences) and has trained general surgeons in HPB surgery. He has also trained surgeons from Uganda selected by Government of Uganda to train in HPB surgery.

Area of expertise:


  • Surgical resection of primary liver cancer – ( hepato cellular cancer, HCC)
  • Surgical resection of liver metastasis
  • Surgical resection of benign liver lesions – Hemangioma, liver adenoma, hydatid cyst.
  • Radio frequency ablation of liver tumours.
  • Liver transplantation

Gall bladder

  • Laparoscopic cholecystectomy for stones in the gall bladder
  • Treatment of gall bladder cancer

Bile duct

  • Bile duct stricture
  • Management of biliary injury following cholecystectomy
  • Cancer of bile duct (Cholangio carcinoma)
  • Stones in the bile duct


  • Management of acute pancreatitis
  • Surgery for chronic pancreatitis
  • Resection of pancreas for cancer – whipple’s procedure, distal pancreatectomy
  • Surgery for pseudocyst
  • Surgery for cystic tumour of pancreas like – IPMN

Portal hypertension

  •  Shunt surgery for portal hypertension
  • Gastro – oesophageal devascularisation.

Medical qualifications:

  • MBBS
  • MS (General Surgery) – University of Mumbai
  • FRCS (CSIG) – Royal college of Surgeons of Edinburgh.
  • MD- University of Newcastle, UK.
  • FRCS (Intercollegiate)-  Royal college of Surgeons of Edinburgh.
  • CCT – UK
  • Transplant Surgery fellowship- (American society of transplant surgeon), USA.


  • Life member ISOT (Indian society of transplant surgeon)
  • ILTS (International liver transplant society)
  • ILDLT (International living donor liver transplant group)
  • IHPBA (International hepato-pancreato-biliary association)


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