Kefah Mokbel

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Kefah Mokbel

EducationConcord College
Alma materUniversity of London

Professor Kefah Mokbel FRCS is the lead consultant breast surgeon at the London Breast Institute of the Princess Grace Hospital, Professor (Honorary) of Breast Cancer Surgery at Brunel University London, an honorary consultant breast surgeon at St George's Hospital. Kefah Mokbel is the founder and current president of Breast Cancer Hope; a UK-based charity "dedicated to improving the quantity and quality of life in women diagnosed with breast cancer".[1] He was appointed as a substantive consultant breast surgeon at St George's Hospital NHS trust in February 2001. He was named in Tatler magazine's Best Doctors Guide as one of the featured "Top Breast Surgeons" in 2006, 2007 and 2013.[2] In November 2010 he was named in the Times magazine's list of Britain's Top Doctors.[3]

Personal details and education[edit]

Kefah Mokbel was born in 1965 in the currently occupied Golan Heights in Syria. At the end of junior high school, he was awarded a national scholarship after he passed the Brevet des collèges in Syria (1980). In 1983 he was awarded a scholarship to study medicine in the United Kingdom after completing the Syrian Baccalaureate national examination with full marks. Kefah Mokbel learned English in Eastbourne and then studied A levels in a boarding school (Concord College) in Shrewsbury. He graduated (MB, BS) from the University of London in 1990. He qualified as a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS, England) in 1994. He was granted the Master of Surgery degree in 2000 by The Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine for his research in the field of molecular biology of breast cancer.

In 2002, Mokbel was appointed an Honorary Professor at The Brunel Institute of Cancer Genetics and Pharmacogenomics at Brunel University in recognition of his contribution to breast cancer research.[4] In 2005, he was appointed as a Reader in Breast Surgery at St George's University of London in recognition of his outstanding research contribution in the field of breast cancer.[5]

Clinical interests[edit]

Mokbel's clinical interests in the field of breast surgery include the early detection of breast cancer, breast ductoscopy, minimally-invasive breast surgery, sentinel node biopsy, skin-sparing mastectomy, breast reconstruction, cosmetic breast surgery, prevention of breast cancer, genetic predisposition, integrative oncology and the management of benign conditions including breast cysts, mastalgia and fibroadenomas.[6] Mokbel has extensive experience in the field of reconstructive and aesthetic breast surgery including augmentation mammoplasty (replacement of implants and correction of contracture), reduction mammoplasty and mastopexy.

Research interests[edit]

Mokbel's main research interest lies in the field of molecular biology and the clinical management of breast cancer. Furthermore, he has published several papers in the field of aesthetic breast surgery including breast reconstruction following mastectomy and augmentation mammoplasty using implants and fat transfer. His prolific research output includes over 300 published papers[7] in medical literature. According to Google Scholar Kefah Mokbel has 400 publications[8] which have been cited more than 8000 times with a H-index of 53 and an i10-index of 180. Furthermore, his research linked the SET domain containing protein 2 (SETD2) gene to human breast cancer.[9] He has also written 14 books[10] in various disciplines including surgery, oncology, breast cancer, and postgraduate medical education. Mokbel is a member of the editorial board of several international medical journals[11][12][13][14][15] and a peer reviewer for medical journals including The Lancet.

In October 2017 Mokbel and his team reported through a metaanalysis that the use of hair dyes could be associated with a 20% increase in breast cancer risk.[16]

In October 2018, Mokbel and his team reported that the use of testosterone gel for hyposexual desire might not increase breast cancer risk among women using it.[17]

Press and media coverage[edit]

Kefah Mokbel has been also featured in many publications and interviews regarding breast cancer and surgery in the national and international media including: The Times,[18] The Daily Telegraph,[19] The Guardian,[20] New York Post, The BBC,[21] ITV, NBC Washington,[22] Hello Magazine,[23] ABC News,[24] MSN, Yahoo, The Daily Express,[25] The Independent,[26] The Medical Daily,[27] The Evening Standard.,[28] The Mirror.,[29] Marie Claire and British Sky Broadcasting.[30] He also writes medical articles for totalhealth and is one of totalhealth's specialist consultants.[31][32] In 2013, Kefah Mokbel featured on BBC world news regarding the news that actress Angelina Jolie had preventative double mastectomy after finding that she is a BRCA1 gene carrier[33] He was depicted by Silas Carson in the BBC drama The C Word, about his real-life patient Lisa Lynch.[34]

Current appointments[edit]

Mokbel is currently the Director of Breast Surgery at The London Breast Institute of The Princess Grace Hospital, chair of the multidisciplinary breast cancer program of the London Breast Institute, Professor (Honorary) of Breast Cancer Surgery (Brunel University, London)[citation needed], Honorary Consultant Breast Surgeon at St George's Hospital (London, UK) and President of Breast Cancer Hope Foundation.


  1. ^ "Breast Cancer Hope". Breast Cancer Hope. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 22 October 2011.
  2. ^ Archived from the original on 4 May 2014. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 July 2017. Retrieved 4 December 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ [1] Archived 11 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Health4London". Health4London. Archived from the original on 11 March 2012. Retrieved 22 October 2011.
  6. ^ "Private Breast Care in London | London Breast Institute: Professor Kefah Mokbel". London Breast Institute. 22 February 2011. Archived from the original on 11 March 2012. Retrieved 22 October 2011.
  7. ^ ""Mokbel K" – PubMed – NCBI". 3 October 2011. Retrieved 22 October 2011.
  8. ^ "Kefah Mokbel".
  9. ^ Al Sarakbi, W (2009). "The mRNA expression of SETD2 in human breast cancer: correlation with clinico-pathological parameters". BMC Cancer. 9 (1): 290. doi:10.1186/1471-2407-9-290. PMC 3087337. PMID 19698110.
  10. ^ "Kefah mokbel - Google Search".
  11. ^ "World Journal of Surgical Procedures" (PDF). Retrieved 22 January 2013.
  12. ^ "International Journal of Surgical Oncology – An Open Access Journal". Retrieved 22 October 2011.
  13. ^ "The Open Breast Cancer Journal". Archived from the original on 4 May 2014. Retrieved 22 January 2013.
  14. ^ "CMRO Current Medical Research & Opinion Sample – C Volume 25 – V1". Retrieved 22 October 2011.
  15. ^ "Global Library of Women's Medicine". Retrieved 22 October 2011.
  16. ^ Gera, Ritika; Mokbel, Ramia; Igor, Ivanna; Mokbel, Kefah (February 2018). "Does the Use of Hair Dyes Increase the Risk of Developing Breast Cancer? A Meta-analysis and Review of the Literature". Anticancer Research. 38 (2): 707–716. doi:10.21873/anticanres.13028. PMID 30504369. S2CID 54484625.
  17. ^ Gera, Ritika; Tayeh, Salim; Chehade, Hiba EL-Hage; Mokbel, Kefah (2018). "Does Transdermal Testosterone Increase the Risk of Developing Breast Cancer? A Systematic Review". Anticancer Research. 38 (12): 6615–6620. doi:10.21873/anticanres.13028. PMID 30504369.
  18. ^ "The Times & the Sunday Times". The Times.
  19. ^ The Daily Telegraph. London Missing or empty |title= (help)
  20. ^ Sarah Boseley (18 May 2005). "'It's the biggest health fear for women today' | Society". The Guardian. UK. Retrieved 22 October 2011.
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  22. ^ "NBC4 Washington".[permanent dead link]
  23. ^ "HELLO! Magazine issue #1280: Souvenir Coronation edition: Happy and glorious, the Queen reflecting on 60 remarkable yea". Archived from the original on 8 June 2013.
  24. ^ Brownstein, Joseph (17 November 2009). "Will Stem Cells Help Breast Cancer Survivors Regrow Breasts? – ABC News". Retrieved 22 October 2011.
  25. ^ " – Home of the Daily and Sunday Express | UK News :: NHS under fire on digital breast tests". 10 October 2010. Retrieved 22 October 2011.
  26. ^ "Dying your hair more than five times a year has been linked to cancer". 16 October 2017.
  27. ^ "The Angelina Jolie Effect: Surge in Women Patients Requesting Double Mastectomies, Even when They Don't Carry BRCA1 Gene". 3 October 2013.
  28. ^ "Commentary: Angelina Jolie's genetic condition explained". 14 May 2013.
  29. ^ "Angelina Jolie's double mastectomy sparks rise in women wanting breasts removed unnecessarily". Daily Mirror. 2 October 2013.
  30. ^ Archived at Ghostarchive and the Wayback Machine: My Breasts Could Kill Me. YouTube.
  31. ^ "Expert plastic surgeon offers free removal of PIP implants/Professor Kefah Mokbel, breast cancer specialist". Archived from the original on 16 January 2012. Retrieved 22 January 2012.
  32. ^ "Breast surgeons in London: Professor Kefah Mokbel, breast cancer specialist". Retrieved 22 October 2011.
  33. ^ "Breast cancer focus of BBC".
  34. ^ "BBC One - The C Word - Meet the Actors". BBC Online. Retrieved 3 May 2015.

External links[edit]

  • Princess Grace Hospital, London [2]
  • Breast Cancer Hope [3]
  • [4]
  • The London Breast Institute [5]