The VeinCare Centre was founded to provide the public and referring doctors with the best advice on all aspects of vein treatment. All our staff are highly qualified and have a particular interest in varicose veins and the treatment of related conditions such as spider veins and thread veins.
Dr Haroun Gajraj FRCS
Director and Vein Specialist
I have over 25 years’ experience of treating people with varicose veins, thread veins and other vein complications such as phlebitis, varicose eczema and varicose ulcers. I grew up in Surrey, England and went to King’s College Hospital Medical School, London. After gaining two undergraduate academic prizes and a scholarship, I was awarded First Class Honours in my BSc in Medical Physiology and Honours in my final medical degree. I started my vascular training at St Thomas’ and St George’s Hospitals in London and it was there that I developed my special interest in vein problems. My mentors were Professor Sir Norman Browse and Professor Kevin Burnand. At that time, they had written the definitive medical textbook on vein problems. Under their supervision and mentorship, I undertook two years’ basic science research leading to the Master of Surgery degree at the University of London. I spent 13 years as a vascular consultant surgeon in the NHS and I am fully accredited as a vascular specialist with the General Medical Council of the United Kingdom. I left the NHS in 2008 to specialise exclusively in venous disease – the specialty of phlebology. As far as I am aware, I am the only doctor based in the south west of England who is in full-time private practice treating people with vein problems. I founded this specialist centre for the treatment of venous disease and I have gathered together a team on experts.
Training and Experience
- Medical Graduate of Kings College Hospital, University of London
- Vascular surgery training at St George’s and St Thomas’s hospitals
- Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
- Member of the Vascular Society of Great Britain and Ireland
- Member of the Royal Society of Medicine and Venous Forum
- Member of the American College of Phlebology
- Founding member of the British Association of Sclerotherapists
- Director of VeinCare Training
- Director of The Melbury Clinic
- Previously Consultant Vascular Surgeon in the NHS for nearly 15 years
- Previously Clinical Director of Surgery at Yeovil District Hospital
- Previously Surgical Tutor at the Royal College of Surgeons of England
I am Co-Director of The Melbury Clinic and Vein Care Centre. I graduated from University College London in 1980, with a BSc in Psychology. More recently I have worked as a Counsellor, having graduated from BCPC with a Diploma in Humanistic and Integrative Counselling in 2009. I became BACP Accredited in January 2012. I retired from counselling in December 2016, and now I spend more time in my role as a Director of the Melbury Clinic and Vein Care Centre. In my spare time I enjoy walking, going to the gym, staying healthy by eating Real Food and travel.
I am the Clinic Manager of the Melbury Clinic and VeinCare Centre. I qualified as a Registered Nurse in 1986 from the Bath School of Nursing. My initial position was in a community hospital prior to moving to Yeovil District Hospital in 1988. At Yeovil Hospital, I was involved in the care of patients undergoing both elective and emergency surgery. I continued my post-registration education undertaking both Open University Modules and achieving my MSc at Bath Spa University following the Leadership and Management Pathway in 2006. I finished my career at Yeovil Hospital as an Associate Director of Nursing. Key highlights of my career so far were being presented to HRH Prince Edward in 2011 and being a finalist in the Nursing Standard Awards in 2015.
Secretary and Administrator
I have worked as a secretary in a range of organisations including estate agency, aerospace and Formula 1, prior to 15 years as a Medical Secretary at Yeovil District Hospital. Whilst there I worked for the Obstetrics and Gynaecology Team before joining the Urology Department after having my daughter. Since joining The Melbury Clinic VeinCare Centre in April 2017, I have enjoyed being part of a close-knit, highly professional team, intent on delivering a high standard of care to patients. I am proud to say I work at The Melbury Clinic and VeinCare Centre.
I completed an NVQ2 in Health and Social Care in 2003 and I was the Candidate of the Year in East Sussex. I have been working as an HealthCare Assistant Phlebotomist for 9 years at a General Practice Surgery in Somerset where I have acquired many skills. Over the years I have gained experience and knowledge in a variety of healthcare settings. I joined the Melbury Clinic and VeinCare Centre in July 2017. It has been a great pleasure to join this group of healthcare professionals and I am pleased to be part of an excellent team which provides up to date and modern vein treatments.
Having trained as a beauty therapist in 2009, I went on to run my own business for 4 years. More recently, I have worked with the elderly in residential and nursing homes as a care assistant. During this time, I completed the QCF level 2 diploma in Health and Social Care. In these two very different areas of work, I have developed excellent communication skills, which enables me to care for patients in a compassionate and empathic way. Joining the Melbury Clinic has given the opportunity to acquire more varied clinical experience and to grow professionally within my role as HealthCare Assistant. With support from the team at the Melbury Clinic and VeinCare Centre, I have begun further training with the intention of joining the nursing profession.
I am a fully trained Consultant Vascular Surgeon who qualified at St George’s Hospital in London. I completed my surgical training in London and then held a consultant NHS post at St Thomas’ Hospital in Vascular Surgery. I have a record of research into vein problems and I have published many articles in prestigious medical journals on venous disease. My particular clinical interests are in minimally invasive (key hole) vein treatments, thrombosis, lymphoedema, leg ulceration and leg spider veins. I am delighted to be part of the team at the Melbury Clinic VeinCare Centre as a visiting vein specialist with practice privileges.
Training and Experience
Qualified at St. George’s Hospital, London 1987 Surgical training on South East Rotation Research at St Thomas’ Hospital and MS Thesis on resolution of deep vein thrombosis Appointed Senior Lecturer and Consultant Surgeon at St. Thomas’ Hospital 1999
Lea Thomas Fellowship from Royal College of Surgeons of England, Research Fellowship from Special Trustees for St.Thomas’ Hospital, British Journal of Surgery Research Bursary and Pump-Priming Award from Royal College of Surgeons
Previous Examiner Posts
- External examiner for Final MBBS, St. Guy’s Hospital
- Lead examiner for communication skills for The Intercollegiate Committee for Basic Surgical Examinations (ICBSE) for Royal College of Surgeons
- Previous Surgical Examiner and Overseas Surgical Examiner for The Royal College of Surgeons of England
- ATLS instructor examiner
Teaching and Training
Director of regular local anaesthetic venous surgical training courses in Surrey Lecturer for Physician Associate Diploma course at University of Surrey Proctor for Aquilant
Previous Teaching Training Posts
- Foundation Training Programme Director at Royal Surrey County Hospital
- Advisor to NICE’s Interventional Procedure Programme
- Course director for St. Thomas’ FRCS course
- Trust Lead for Simulation
- Educational Supervisor
- Specialty Lead for Surgical Simulation for KSS Deanery
- Trust Lead for VTE
- ATLS instructor
Chapters in Essential Vascular Surgery, Corson and Williamson: Surgery, Oxford Textbook of Surgery, Comprehensive Vascular and Endovascular surgery and The New Aird’s Companion in Surgical Studies