Dr Ghanem Aldik

Qualifications

M.D., MRCP

GMC number: 6105876

Practicing since: 2003

Specialties

Respiratory Medicine, General (internal) Medicine

Consultation times

  • Thursday afternoons
  • Wednesday evenings
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About

Dr Aldik graduated with Distinction from the prestigious Damascus School of Medicine in 2003. He completed his Respiratory and Internal Medicine training in the Southwest region in 2017.

Dr Aldik had a fellowship in Plymouth teaching hospitals, developing significant experience in lung cancer, interventional lung procedures and teaching. Since then, Dr Aldik has been working as a consultant in the Royal Surrey Hospital, leading on lung cancer and interventional procedures such as pleural drains, bronchoscopy and Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS). He established the rapid-access lung cancer clinic to deliver the highest standards of lung cancer care.

He treats a wide range of respiratory illnesses - including and not restricted to- lung cancer, asthma, chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD), interstitial lung diseases (lung scarring), sleep disorders, bronchiectasis and lung infections.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Aldik has been working on the frontline fighting the virus on a daily basis, contributing to national research and helping his patients overcoming this illness. After hospital discharge, he continues to see his patients in clinic, treating the longer-term complications of the disease (long COVID).

Dr Aldik is a published author in reputable journals such as BMJ, He presented in national conferences (BTS, BTOG) and international ones (WCBIP).

Special interests

Dr Aldik’s specialist interest is interventional diagnostic procedures, this accompanies his work leading the lung cancer pathway and managing patients on the diagnostic part of this pathway.

  • Chest ultrasound, pleural aspiration/ chest drain and plurex catheter insertions are all procedures used in the investigation and treatment of a pleural effusion ( a collection of fluid around the lung).
  • Bronchoscopy and endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) are cameras and small ultrasound probes that are used to diagnose conditions such as lung cancer, sarcoid and lung scarring. EBUS is used to get samples from the lymph glands near the windpipes, whereas bronchoscopy is used to get samples from the windpipes themselves.

Other interests

Dr Aldik works closely with a multidisciplinary team of GPs/ Doctors and physiotherapist in the management of long term COVID symptoms. This MDT approach has proven to be highly effective.

Dr Aldik is very passionate about treating airway diseases (asthma and COPD) and has developed a vast experience in managing these conditions. During his training, he developed a local pathway of treatment based on national guidance.


Personal interests

When not working, Dr Aldik enjoys spending time with his family (trying to keep the kids from fighting!). On a personal level, he is a keen book reader, enjoys football and computer programming.

Languages spoken

English, Arabic

Treatments and tests offered by Dr Ghanem Aldik at Nuffield Health

  • Bronchoscopy
  • Respiratory virus screen

Locations Dr Ghanem Aldik works with

Related experience

Research

Current ongoing Research:

PARIS: Pneumonia: Acute Respiratory Infection ± Sepsis:

Primary objectives:  Immunodiagnostic: Assess metrological characteristics of procalcitonin.

Functional: Assess persistence of functional deficit at 6-week follow up.

Secondary objectives:  Immunodiagnostic: Pathogen DNA measurements, Leukocyte characterisation and expression profile.

Functional: Determinants of adverse outcomes including persistent functional decline.

A multi-component intervention to improve lung cancer multi-disciplinary team meeting (MDTM) effectiveness: We are utilizing this multi-component intervention over a 12 month period in 8 lung MDTs, together with 2 oesophago-gastric MDTs and our regional hepatobiliary MDT. We will measure parameters pre and post intervention

Memberships

  • General Medical Council
  • Royal Colleague of Physicians
  • British Thoracic Society
  • British Thoracic Oncology Group

Other post held

  • Consultant in Respiratory & General Internal Medicine, Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust Guildford

Insurers Dr Ghanem Aldik works with

Dr Ghanem Aldik works with the following private medical insurance providers:

  • Aviva Health
  • AXA PPP Healthcare
  • Vitality Health (Pru Health)
  • Bupa
  • Healix
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • WPA
  • The Exeter Friendly
  • Simplyhealth

Declaration

Dr Ghanem Aldik does not hold a share or financial interest in this hospital, another Nuffield Health hospital or the company.

Dr Ghanem Aldik does not have a share or financial interest in equipment used at this hospital or another Nuffield Health hospital.

Dr Ghanem Aldik does not hold any paid advisory role(s) at this hospital or on behalf of Nuffield Health.