Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Surgery & Cancer

Head of Department of Surgery and Cancer



+44 (0)20 7594 3396g.hanna




Ms Aoibheann Byrne +44 (0)20 7594 3396




Block B Hammersmith HospitalHammersmith Campus





George Hanna was trained in Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, Scotland in laparoscopic and oesophago-gastric surgery under the clinical and academic mentorship of Professor Sir Alfred Cuschieri. He obtained FRCS (Edinburgh) in 1993 and PhD (University of Dundee) in laparoscopic surgery in 1997. He joined Imperial College as Clinical Senior Lecturer and Upper Gastrointestinal Consultant Surgeon in 2003 and promoted to Reader in 2005 and Professor of Surgical Sciences in 2008. He became the Head of Division of Surgery in 2012 and Head of Department of Surgery and Cancer in 2018. He is a Fellow of Academy of Medical sciences. 

Professor Hanna’s clinical work is based at Hammersmith Hospital, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and includes oesophageal and gastric cancer and advanced laparoscopic surgery.

The current interests of his laboratory revolve around volatile organic compounds analysis for biomarker discovery and understanding the molecular drivers of volatile biomarkers, supported by Cancer Research-UK research programme, Pancreatic Cancer-UK, Medical Research Council (MRC) and National Institute of Health Research (NIHR). This programme aims to develop and validate a non-invasive breath test as a platform diagnostic technology to detect gastrointestinal  (oesophageal, gastric, colorectal, pancreatic and liver) cancers. His surgical research aims to develop, validate and use competency assessment tools for training and quality assurance of surgical performance in randomised controlled clinical trials. 

Current leadership positions include President of European Association of Endoscopic Surgeons (EAES) (2023-2025), Director of  NIHR London In-Vitro Diagnostics Co-operative (2018-2024), Director of NIHR Health technology Centre In-Vitro Diagnostic(2024-2029), Co-lead of CRUK Convergence Major Science Centre (Imperial College London and Institute of Cancer Research (2021-2026), Co-lead of Bioengineering theme of Imperial NIHR-BRC (2023-2028) and Director of London Higher Surgical Skills Training Simulated Programme (2012-2028). 


Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Mackenzie H, Cuming T, Miskovic D, et al., 2015, Design, Delivery, and Validation of a Trainer Curriculum for the National Laparoscopic Colorectal Training Program in England, Annals of Surgery, Vol:261, ISSN:0003-4932, Pages:149-156

Fakhry M, Hanna GB, Anderson O, et al., 2012, Effectiveness of an audible reminder on hand hygiene adherence., Am J Infect Control. 2011, Vol:In press

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