Aisha Akhtar — Colorectal Surgeon

Scottsdale, AZ—Prominently featured in The Inner Circle, Aisha Akhtar, MD, FCPS, is acknowledged as a Distinguished Healthcare Professional for her contributions to the field of Colorectal Surgery.

Dr. Akhtar began her academic journey at the Army Medical College, National University of Science and Technology in Islamabad, Pakistan where she earned an MBBS. She then attended Shiffa International Hospital in Pakistan to complete a surgical residency and at 29, relocated to the United States where she finished a surgical oncology fellowship at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Texas; and completed a surgical residency at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Penn State Medical Center and St. Agnes Hospital.

FCPS certified in Pakistan and board certified by the American Board of Surgery (ABS) in the United States, Dr. Akhtar practices at Arizona Advanced Surgery in Glendale Phoenix and Scottsdale Arizona. According to the doctor, the ABS is an independent, non-profit organization located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania founded for the purpose of certifying surgeons who have met a defined standard of education, training, and knowledge.

The doctor specializes in the treatment of benign and malignant conditions, such as cancers of the colon and rectum; inflammatory bowel disease; hemorrhoids; anal fissures; anal fistulas; pelvic floor problems; and fecal incontinence. She performs colonoscopies as well. As a general surgeon, Dr. Akhtar asserts that she uses the latest surgical techniques to treat the full range of colorectal disorders from simple to complex and is committed to providing quality care to patients with compassion and dignity. A leader in the field, she is trained in the most advanced laparoscopic and robotic surgical techniques for the diagnosis and treatment of conditions that affect the colon rectum and anus.

Passionate about medicine, Dr. Akhtar is licensed to practice in New York, Maryland, and Arizona, and is affiliated with HonorHealth John C. Lincoln Medical Center; HonorHealth Scottsdale Shea Medical Center; HonorHealth Scottsdale Thompson Peak Medical Center; HonorHealth Deer Valley Medical Center; and HonorHealth Sonoran Crossing Medical Center.

The doctor is dedicated to providing the latest advancements in the field and is a member of the American College of Surgery; the American Medical Association; the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons; and the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons. She is also a distinguished Fellow of the College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan.

According to the doctor, colorectal surgery is a field in medicine dealing with disorders of the rectum, anus, and colon. It involves caring for patients with cancers of the colon, rectum, and anus, along with other benign disorders, like inflammatory bowel disease (Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s Disease); diverticulitis; and a myriad of anorectal pathologies, like hemorrhoids, fistulas, abscesses, and fissures.

Dr. Akhtar is well-known in the research community of which she specializes and has published in various medical journals, including International Surgery Journal and Cureus, and has presented many posters at the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgery. The doctor asserts that she is ardent about being a female colorectal surgeon to provide personal care to female patients who want female providers for medical care and feel ashamed to discuss anorectal problems with male surgeons. She additionally specializes in screening for anal cancer in LGBT-Q population and performs anal PAP smears and High Resolution Anoscope’s for high-risk patients.

Aside from her professional pursuits, the doctor lives in Scottsdale and enjoys cooking, hiking, and spending time with her two sons. She speaks multiple languages including English, Hindi, and Urdu and volunteers her time with the Islamic Society of the Northeast Valley Free Clinic, providing educational seminars and seeing patients who are under insured.

Dr. Akhtar would like to dedicate this honor to her mother, Mrs. Kosar Praveen. The doctor has been married to Mr. Muhammad Khawaja for 9 years.

For more information about Dr. Akhtar, please visit her website is

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