Meet the team

Mr Zaher Toumi

Mrs Dawn Shotton


Dr Matilda Moffett

Mrs Joanne Renshaw

MD, FRCS, Dip Med ED, FHEA Consultant Bariatric and Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeon

MSc, BSc – Registered Dietitian

BA Hons, D. Clinc. Psych            Clinical Psychologist      

Mr Toumi’s Private Secretary

Mr Zaher Toumi

MD, FRCS, Dip Med ED, FHEA

 

Consultant Bariatric and Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeon

 

Mr Toumi is a consultant Bariatric and Upper Gastrointestinal surgeon who works both in the NHS (County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust) and privately (Washington Spire Hospital). Mr Toumi completed his training in General and Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery in the North West of England (Manchester and Lancashire) in 2014. He was privileged to work in outstanding UGI units in Greater Manchester, Sheffield, Preston and Doncaster. After completing his training in the UK, Mr Toumi was appointed to the prestigious Bariatric Surgery Fellowship at McGill University in Montreal, Canada (one of the first and pioneering Bariatric programmes in North America, which began Bariatric Surgery in 1962).

Mr Toumi has a passion for the treatment of obesity and type 2 Diabetes. Mr Toumi has extensive experience in the whole range of effective Bariatric and metabolic procedures (gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy and duodenal switch) in addition to revisional surgery. Mr Toumi also have a specific interest in the surgical treatment of reflux diseases (GORD) in addition to treatment of hernia and gallbladder issues.

Mr Toumi is a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (FRCS). He gained a MD from Damascus University and a Diploma in Medical Education from the University of Dundee. He is also a fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

Mr Toumi has been involved in teaching and training undergraduates (medical and nursing) and postgraduates (residents, senior house officers and registrars) in England and Canada. Mr Toumi is actively involved in educational and clinical research and have several presentations and publications in major national and international conferences and journals.

Mrs Dawn Shotton

MSc, BSc – Registered Dietitian

Dawn is a highly experienced bariatric dietitian. Every patient who undergoes Bariatric Surgery with Mr Toumi is assessed by Dawn in relation to diet before and after surgery. Dawn is a nutrition and dietetic expert with significant clinical experience in both private and NHS healthcare environments. Dawn has enjoyed a career spanning over 20 years in both the NHS and private health. Since qualifying in 1991, Dawn has enjoyed providing and subsequently managing aspects of dietetic services. Dawn holds a masters degree in weight management and a postgraduate certificate in counselling.

Dr Matilda Moffett

BA Hons, D. Clinc. Psych – Clinical Psychologist

Dr Moffett assesses and treats a significant proportion of Mr Toumi’s patients who undergo bariatric surgery and offers specialist psychological support for patients pre and post bariatric surgery. Typical issues covered in therapy include emotional eating, binge eating and body image disturbance. 

After qualifying in 2006, Dr Moffett started an NHS role in Health Psychology working with patients with diabetes and weight management needs. From 2009-2020 Dr Moffett has worked as lead psychologist for an NHS Bariatric Surgery and Weight Management Service. This included exploration of the presence of any psychological issues that may impact on a successful outcome post surgery and help prepare individuals for attitudinal, emotional and behavioural changes that are expected after surgery. 

Dr Moffett has also worked in private practice since 2008 – continuing to offer personalised one-to-one psychological sessions which draw upon cognitive behavioural therapy, motivational interviewing, problem solving and solution focussed techniques.

Mrs Joanne Renshaw

Mr Toumi’s private secretary

Jo is available to answer patient queries and book appointments. At times when the phone line is busy please leave a message and we will get back to you.

For appointments and enquires contact Jo on: Tel: +44 (0)7427 433856