Mr Abid's cardiothoracic training was undertaken at university hospital Cardiff, Victoria Hospital, Blackpool, James Cook University hospital and Freeman hospital Newcastle-upon-tyne. During his extensive training in the North East (including a year in heart and lung transplantation) Mr Abid developed a special interest in aortovasular surgery. He completed his CCST training in the Northwest; including Victoria Hospital (Blackpool) and Wythenshaw Hospital (Manchester).
In 2015, following a review of survival rates of the patients undergoing open heart surgery Mr Abid was rated as one of the top 19 cardiac surgeons in the UK. This was based on an overall survival of more than 99%, much above the predicted survival. Our unit was rated as one of the top 5 units in the country. Mr Abid was also awarded the clinical excellence award by the chief executive of the trust.
Mr Abid enjoys covering all area of cardiac surgery, however his major interest is aortic valve, aortic root and aortic arch related surgery. He has developed a complex aortic surgery service at Stoke, the majority of which were transferred to other centres in the past. This includes valve sparing aortic root replacement, composite aortic root replacement, aortic valve repair and homografts. His special area of interest is thoracic aortic aneurysm disease. This includes aortic dissections, aortic arch replacement and a hybrid vascular procedure.
Mr Abid has established an excellent aortic service at University hospital north midlands, which not only attracts patients from all over the country but international patients from Virgin Island, Pakistan and as far as Bangladesh.