Special Interests:

  • Gastroenterology
  • Capsule Enteroscopy
  • Oesophageal Manometry

Professional Memberships:

  • British Society of Gastroenterology
  • Medical Defence Union
  • Royal College of Physicians
  • European Union of Gastroenterologists

NHS or academic posts:

  • Gastroenterology Consultant and General Medical Physician at the Luton & Dunstable University FT Hospital

Background:

  • 2007 – Department of Health Team aimed at turning around failing Endoscopy Units
  • 2009 – Clinical Lead for Gastroenterology at the L&D
  • 2010 – Clinical Lead for Oesophageal Laboratory at L&D
  • 2011 –  Clinical Lead for Capsule Service at L&D
  • 2013 – National Lead for the Early adopters of the IBD Registry
  • 2014 – Clinical Lead for Gastroenterology Research Team at L&D
  • 2016 – Clinical Lead for Gastroenterology at the Spire Harpenden

I graduated with MB BS through the University of London in 1995 having completed medical school training at St. George’s Hospital in South West London. During the course, I took the opportunity to do an extra year to complete an intercalated BSc. I completed my specialist Gastroenterology training in the South East London region with rotations through St. Thomas’s Hospital and King’s College London. Prior to taking up a Consultant post, I completed a Masters Degree MD at St. Mark’s and St. Thomas’s Hospital looking at the bacterial pathogenesis of inflammatory bowel disease and use of probiotics in order to manage the condition. Over the years my work has been heavily referenced particularly the development of sensitive stool testing markers of pathology.

 

I have been a consultant at the Luton & Dunstable University Hospital since 2009. I have set up the specialist Oesophageal Laboratory there and the Capsule Service. I have been the Clinical Lead for Gastroenterology at both the L&D and also the Spire Harpenden Hospital. I remain heavily involved with research and am known Nationally for my work with Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Coeliac Disease, Capsule Enteroscopy and (more recently) Iron Deficiency Anaemia. I consider myself a holistic doctor and am dual qualified as a Gastroenterology Consultant and a Consultant of General Medicine. I practice true Luminology and unlike many Gastroenterologists, I have the ability and skills to assess the entire GI tract. I have also been through the ACT training to enable me to teach other doctors and Gastroenterology Consultants how to manage Constipation and Irritable Bowel Syndrome. I host a regional Gastroenterology Conference every year to encourage good medical practice. I have given permission for my endoscopy performance results to be openly viewed through the National Endoscopy Data System (NEDS). Thankfully my completion rates for OGD’s, Flexible Sigmoidoscopies and Colonoscopies remain exemplary, with a low need for sedation and a high comfort score.

 

I enjoy the diverse nature of general medicine and gastroenterology. I enjoy the challenge of consistently providing comfortable and effective endoscopy. When needed I have a range of additional specialist assessments at hand that I provide at a Regional level.  Away from the pressures of the NHS, I enjoy private medicine, as it offers me the ability to spend more time listening and understanding the issues at hand, making it easier for us to arrive at an accurate diagnosis with a more targeted management plan. At the end of the day, when I head home, I know the work that I have done on the wards, through the clinic, in endoscopy or through my research unit, has (or will) make a difference to the lives of the patients I look after. Not everyone is lucky enough to enjoy that kind of job satisfaction.