Abbas joined ARU which is his alma mater, after nearly two decades in clinical practice as an Operating Department Practitioner where he was a Senior ODP. Alongside his teaching commitments at ARU, he continues to practice clinically to maintain currency and his skills within the field.
Registered with the Health & Care Professions Council, Abbas has been providing skilled perioperative care for elective and emergency adult and paediatric patients in a wide range of specialities including trauma and orthopaedics, ENT, lower and upper GI general surgery, and obstetrics, among others.
Abbas has experience in all three primary areas where an ODP would practice - anaesthesia, surgery, and recovery - with a focus in anaesthesia practice within which he has further developed a subspecialty interest in difficult airway management.
During the course of his clinical career, Abbas has extended his scope of practice through further training and has undertaken preoperative cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET/CPEX) to support colorectal cancer surgery and major vascular surgery services.
Abbas is currently completing a Postgraduate Certificate in Medical and Healthcare Education, and is interested in developing research in the future in the following areas:
Diploma of Higher Education, Operating Department Practice
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