Keyvan Moghissi

Keyvan Moghissi


Prof. Keyvan Moghissi BSc., M.D. MS(Chir),F.R.C.S.(Ed.), F.R.C.S.(Eng.), F.E.T.C.S. (GMC Registration 055034) GMC European Specialist Register (Specialty: Thoracic), Membre Associe Academie de Chirurgie (Paris)

Professor Keyvan Moghissi is one of the country's leading Cardiothoracic Surgeons and has written a number of books on the subject and hundreds of papers, articles and presentations.

He has had a distinguished career in the field of cardiothoracic surgery, successfully gaining many qualifications along the way. A brief synopsis of his career is outlined below:-


  • 1950 - Bachelier es Science Medical (BSc) from the University of Geneva in Switzerland
  • 1954- Docteur en Médecine(MD)
  • 1954 -1958 - Post Graduate training in surgery in the UK and Switzerland
  • 1958 - University hospital in Geneva as an intern and obtained the degree Médecine Specialist en Chirurgie (MS CHIR)
  • 1958 -1961 - Chief Assistant (Senior Registrar) in Cardiothoracic Surgery, Harefield Hospital, London
  • 1961 -1965 - Chief Assistant (Senior Registrar) in Cardiothoracic Surgery, Southhampton Chest Hospital
  • 1965 -1968 - Joint Appointment, Senior research Fellow (Department of Physiology and Biochemistry) Southhampton University and Senior Registrar Southhampton Chest Hospital
  • 1968 - Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh FRCS (Ed)
  • 1968 -1970 - Chief Assistant (Senior Registrar) in Cardiothoracic Surgery, Harefield Hospital Middlesex and Royal Post Graduate Medical School in London
  • 1970 -1992- Senior Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Humberside Cardio-Thoracic Surgical Centre, Castle Hill Hospital, Hull, where he established modern Cardiothoracic surgery
  • 1983 - Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England FRCS (Eng)
  • 1997 - Fellow of the European Board of Cardiothoracic Surgeons FETCS
  • 1997 - Clinical Director Yorkshire Laser Centre
  • 1992 -1997 - Consultant Cardio-Thoracic Surgeon : Thoracic Endoscopy and Laser Service, Scunthorpe and Goole Hospitals Trust
  • Currently Clinical Director and Consultant Cardio-Thoracic Surgeon: Yorkshire Laser Centre - The UK Medical Laser Centre
  • Honorary Consultant in Cardio-Thoracic Surgery and Research: North Lincolnshire & Goole NHS Foundation Trust


Professor Moghissi has also undertaken training for single joint experts according to Lord Woolfe's reforms for expert witnesses(1999) and is currently an expert witness on the legal hub.

Over the years he has been awarded many honours for his work. Briefly, a few of these include:


  • First Prize Winner of Wessex Regional Hospital Board Research Essay Competition Prize 1963
  • Joint First Prize Winner of Wessex Regional Hospital Board Research Essay Competition Prize 1968
  • British Medical Association Award For Scientific Exhibition 1974
  • Honorary Membership of the Association of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons of India
  • Honorary founding Membership of the International Society of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery
  • Membre Associe Etranger Academie de Chirugie Paris 1979
  • Corresponding Membership of the Society of Polish Surgeons
  • Founding member and Past President of the European Association for Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Award for Achievement in Cardio-Thoracic Surgery - awarded by The World Society of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery - see news article


During Professor Moghissi's distinguished career he has held many positions. Currently his main work involves:


  • Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon (Private Practice)
  • Clinical Director of the Yorkshire Laser Centre / UK Medical Laser Centre
  • Editor in Chief of Photodiagnosis and Photodynamic Therapy


Professor Moghissi is well respected member of his profession, and as such is affiliated to, or is a member of the following:


  • Registered with General Medical Council (0550347) on the GMC European specialist Register - Specialty : Thoracic Surgery
  • Corresponding member of the British Cardiac Society
  • Senior member of the British Thoracic Society
  • Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland: former member of the Executive Committee
  • British Medical Laser Association: Executive Committee Member
  • Member of Society of Authors (Medical Section)
  • Editor in Chief: Photo Diagnosis and Photo Dynamic Therapy
  • European Respiratory Society - Founding member and former Head of Thoracic Surgery Assembly
  • Founding member of European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery: both past President and Member of the Council.
  • Senior member for the International Society of Diseases of the Oesophagus
  • Life Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine
  • Member and Founder of the European Thoracic Surgical Club
  • Former Associate Editor (in charge of Thoracic Section) European Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Former Associate Editor of the Thoracic Surgery Section European Journal of Cardivascular Surgery
  • Former Advisory Editor (Associate) European Respiratory Journal
  • Member of the Editorial Board of International Trends in general Thoracic Surgery (book series)
  • Former member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Yorkshire Cancer Research Campaign
  • Former Member of the Lung Cancer group - Medical Research Council
  • Former Member of the Oesophageal Cancer group - Medical Research Council (British)
  • Member of the Reviewing Committee of Several other Scientific Journals
  • Founder Member and President of the European Platform for Photo Dynamic Medicine (EPPM)
  • Member of the International Photodynamic Association

Professor Moghissi has followed many hobbies and interests which have helped throughout his professional and personal career. He is fluent in three languages ( English, French & Farsi), has a working knowledge of Italian and has some knowledge of Arabic and Latin. He has a great love of music. Having studied at the Geneva Conservatoire Populaire for 14 years he has obtained a Degree of Diplome de Capacite in violin. He also has a love of both writing and reading in subjects mainly connected to Art and Literature.

Our Team

Our Team




The Moghissi Laser Trust bears the name of Professor Keyvan Moghissi BSc MD MS(Chir) FRCS(Ed) FRCS(Eng) FETCS Membre Associe Academie de Chirurgie (Paris).


Professor Keyvan Moghissi who is a Cardio Thoracic Surgeon is known worldwide for his research especially into PDT. He is Editor in Chief of a medical journal, PDPDT, published by Elsevier, which has a worldwide readership. He was the first President of The European Platform for Photodynamic Medicine.


The Yorkshire Laser Centre is the ‘working arm’ of the Laser Trust Fund. Apart from Professor Keyvan Moghissi, who gives his time and expertise free to the project, we have five permanent members of staff:


  • Kate Dixon BA (Hon): Director/Manager and Honorary Secretary to both the Laser Trust and the Yorkshire Laser Centre (YLC) is responsible for overall administration of the YLC and is also in charge of laser usage including all technical aspects and patient liaison.

  • Professor Peter Dyer: Scientific Director.

  • Sally Gibbins (RGN): Clinical Nurse specialist, trained in aspects of laser & laser applications.

  • John Dixon: Technician and researcher, trained in aspects of laser & laser applications.


Our treatment and research work has allowed us to:


  • Publish many clinical and scientific papers

  • Give numerous presentations at scientific meetings

  • Run training sessions for doctors/nurses at the YLC

  • Accept invitations to run training sessions abroad 

  • Involve local multi-disciplinary groups with interests in PD & PDT 


In addition we are a specialist training centre for Photodynamic Therapy for PDT to bronchus and oesophagus and run training days and symposia on Photodiagnosis and PDT generally.


We have supported a number of student sponsorships at local universities which has led to PhD Physics, MSc Microbiology, MSc Physics and MSc Information Technology

Over the years the YLC has expanded into several areas of treatment as well as lung and oesophagus. These include:


  • General Surgery
  • Colo-rectal
  • Urology
  • Gyneacology
  • Dermatology


Our fields of research have also expanded into:


  • Early detection of cancer
  • The use of PDT in gynaecological applications
  • Treatment of early stage tumours using PDT

Our mobile unit has been successfully used at Birmingham Hospitals, Leeds General Infirmary, Scunthorpe General Hospital, Hull Royal Infirmary and Castle Hill Hospital, Hull being regularly attended. It has also been used for training purposes in Wales and Scotland and has been the subject of much interest from Europe and China.



The Laser Trust Fund (Moghissi) was registered as a charity (No 326689) in 1984 by Professor Keyvan Moghissi. In 2009 the name of the charity was also registered as The Moghissi Laser Trust. The Trust funds medical research in the field of Laser Therapy and Photodynamic Therapy  (PDT) to treat some cancers.

The role of The Moghissi Laser Trust is to fund The Yorkshire Laser Centre’s (YLC) clinical research. Their principle activity is twofold.  Firstly to carry out R & D in the field of laser technology including PDT. Secondly to apply the results of this research to benefit patients throughout the UK.

A major research work at the YLC was the ‘First Light Project’. This was financed by a single anonymous donation of £500k. This research successfully pioneered the use of fluorescence bronchoscopy to identify cell formation which may lead to bronchial cancer. All papers from this research have been published and are in the public domain.

The initial PDT research in the areas of the bronchus and the oesophagus was pioneered in the UK and Europe at The Yorkshire Laser Centre.


The Centre’s honorary consultants and associates, who all have appointments within the NHS, are providing treatments with a range of lasers to treat some cancers and a number of other conditions in:

• Urological tract • Gynaecology
• Dermatology • Ophthalmology
• Head & neck cancers • Secondary breast cancer
• General surgery • Lung & oesophagus
• Bladder • Colo-rectal

 The Trust receives no government funding so research funds must be obtained from the private sector and charitable trusts.