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Gastroenterology
Recommended by 1 specialist
28 years of experience

Dr Hoare trained at Cambridge University and St Mary’s Hospital Medical School, qualifying in 1993. He undertook a PhD as an MRC research fellow in molecular biology from 1998 until 2001. His clinical gastroenterology training included a prolonged attachment at St Mark’s Hospital where he was the first Fujinon Advanced Endoscopy Fellow, before being appointed as consultant at St Mary’s Hospital, Imperial College in 2006.

With over 15 years consultant experience Dr Hoare has wide interests and experience in all aspects of gastroenterology. His emphasis is on accurate and thorough investigation coupled with a holistic approach to therapy. Dr Hoare was Head of Endoscopy at St Mary's and Imperial College Hospitals for 11 years and has held regional positions of leadsership.

Specialist endoscopic interests include the detection and treatment of early cancer in the gut, including the management of Barrett’s oesophagus and colonic polyps. He has a specific interest in investigating and treating the small bowel by video capsule endoscopy and “balloon enteroscopy”, as well as a specialist interest in swallowing and complex oesophageal disorders.

Dr Hoare is an Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Academic Department of Surgery and Cancer at Imperial College. His work on colonoscopy insertion technique was awarded the “Marsha Dreyer” research award by the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy in 2015. He was the senior author of the BSG National Guideline for Lower Gastrointestinal Bleeding in 2019 and has published over 35 peer reviewed research papers on endoscopy and other aspects of gastroenterology

Diseases, Medical Tests and Treatments

  • Endoscopy
  • Colonoscopy
  • Bowel cancer screening
  • Management of gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Small bowel capsule endoscopy and enteroscopy
  • Detection and treatment of early gastrointestinal cancer
  • Functional bowel disease
  • Irritable bowel disease (IBS)
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Crohn's disease


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General Surgery
Recommended by 1 specialist
42 years of experience
Colorectal Surgery

Mr Muti Abulafi is Consultant Colorectal and General Surgeon at based at Croydon University Hospital (CUH), with over 30 years experience in his field. 

Mr Abulafi studied Medicine at the University of Cairo and went on to attain fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (FRCS) in 1988. He further achieved a Master of Surgery (MS) degree from the University of London in 1993 for his research into the role of intraoperative photodynamic therapy in colorectal cancer. Mr Abulafi completed his surgical training at the Royal London and St Thomas' Hospitals and was appointed as a consultant at CUH in 1996. 

Mr Abulafi holds a special interest in colorectal cancer and he currently leads the cancer multi-disciplinary team at CUH and has previously been Director of cancer services for 8 years. He also currently chairs the Colorectal Cancer Pathway Group of the Royal Marsden Partners Accountable Cancer Network. He has previously been a member of the Clinical Board of the London Cancer Alliance, the London Early Diagnosis Implementation group and the Endoscopy Strategy Sub-group for London. He has been a past member of the London Zone Cancer Peer Review reference group, the cancer project Expert Reference Panel for Common Cancers and General Care, and the research and audit committee of the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland. 

Outside his clinical practice, Mr Abulafi has extensively published on colorectal cancer and cancer genetics. He is lead investigator of the NICE FIT study, looking at the role of the FIT test in colorectal cancer. He is the founder and co-convenor of the annual M25 Colorectal Masterclass, a colorectal surgery training programme for trainee surgeons. 


Diseases, Medical Tests and Treatments

  • Endoscopy, gastroscopy & colonoscopy 
  • Colorectal Surgery
  • appendicectomy
  • Keyhole (Laparoscopic) Hernia Repair
  • open hernia repair
  • HALO 
  • Stapled haemorrhoidectomy; 
  • Anal fistula & Fistula plugs; 
  • Anal fissure & injections; 
  • Anal abscess; 
  • STARR; TEMS; TAMIS; 
  • Laparoscopic rectopexy;
  • Laparoscopic incisional hernia
  • Bowel Cancer
  • Constipation
  • Pelvic floor dysfunction
  • Keyhole surgery
  • Faecal incontinence
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Crohn's disease
  • Rectal prolapse
  • Haemorrhoids
  • Anaemia; 
  • Abdominal mass & Abdominal Swelling


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Gastroenterology
51 years of experience
General (Internal) Medicine

Dr Geoffrey J. Lloyd is a Consultant Gastroenterologist whose main medical interests are Gastroenterology and Endocrinology. He sees patients with diverse medical problems but in particular those with abdominal pains, heartburn, irritable bowel, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, diabetes, thyroid disease and the Metabolic Syndrome. He performs Gastroscopies and Colonoscopies at the Princess Grace Hospital Endoscopy Centre each Tuesday and Thursday afternoon.

Dr Lloyd was educated at the Royal Free Hospital Medical School of the University of London, gaining a BSc Anatomy in 1967, MBBS in 1970 and the MRCP in 1973. As a student he was President of the British Medical Students Association and then President of the International Federation of Medical Student Association. He was awarded his FRCP in 1984 and since then has gained an LLB in 1994. His early medical education was in the Liver Unit of the Royal Free hospital and he has held the posts of Senior Lecturer Gastroenterology, Clinical Tutor and Consultant at the Royal Free Hospital Medical School.

Dr Lloyd has also spent many years in both Kuwait, as Senior Medical Officer at Ahmadi and teaching undergraduates and postgraduates in the Kuwait Medical School, and Bahrain, as head of the Medical Unit in Awali Hospital Bahrain. Since being in Wimpole Street he has visited and run clinics in Qatar and still travels frequently to the area. He therefore brings an understanding of Middle Eastern culture and medical problems there, and he speaks reasonable medical Arabic.

Diseases, Medical Tests and Treatments

  • Gastroscopy OGD
  • Colonoscopy
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy
  • General Gastroenterology
  • Endocrinology
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Gastroenterology
21 years of experience
Hepatology, Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD) such as ulcerative Colitis or Crohn's Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Dr Amit Gera is a consultant gastroenterologist and hepatologist at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich which is based in the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust. Alongside this, he is the lead clinician for upper gastrointestinal and hepatobiliary cancer and furthermore leads the viral hepatitis service.

Dr Gera qualified with distinction from Guy’s, King’s and St Thomas’ School of Medicine in 2000. Following his qualification, he undertook specialist training in gastroenterology with a particular focus in liver diseases. He later gained advanced training in viral hepatitis, hepatobiliary medicine, transplantation and critical care at the Liver Unit at King’s College Hospital.

In 2010 he was awarded with an endoscopy fellowship by the British Society of Gastroenterology in order to train in advanced therapeutic endoscopy at The Medical University of South Carolina, USA. Since then, he has been the training programme director for the prestigious South Thames Gastroenterology training scheme and was responsible for running the regional gastroenterology teaching programme.


Diseases, Medical Tests and Treatments

Colonoscopy

Endoscopy

Flexible Sigmoidoscopy

  • Endoscopy
  • Hepatobiliary
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Bowel disease including inflammatory (IBD)
  • Colonoscopy
  • Endoscopic procedures
  • Dyspepsia (indigestion)
  • Hepatitis
  • Hepatology
  • Liver disease
  • Viral Hepatitis
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Coeliac Disease
  • Nutritional Disorders
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General Surgery
Recommended by 2 specialists
28 years of experience
Colorectal Surgery, Laparoscopic (Key-Hole) Surgery

Mr Shahab Siddiqi is a Consultant General Surgeon at Broomfield Hospital. Within the Department of General Surgery, he is the Lead Surgeon for Pelvic Floor Surgery and Surgical Site Infections.

Since his appointment, Mr Siddiqi has initiated advanced robotic surgery using the da Vinci robot for pelvic floor conditions and has developed considerable experience in this type of robotic surgery. This extensive robotic surgical experience has now been used for other colorectal operations including surgery for cancer. Mr Siddiqi has also introduced new and innovative therapies for faecal incontinence and constipation.

He has developed academic links with Anglia Ruskin University and is currently involved in surgical research projects in the fields of colorectal cancer and surgical infections. He is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the university.

He is on the editorial board for the Journal of Robotic Surgery and peer reviews scientific articles for the British Medical Journal Case Reports.


Diseases, Medical Tests and Treatments

  • Colonoscopy
  • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
  • Robotic surgery
  • Laparoscopic surgery
  • Ventral Mesh Rectopexy
  • sacrocolporectopexy
  • Modified Orr-Loygue rectopexy
  • Haemorrhoidectomy
  • Stapled haemorrhoidectomy
  • THD and haemorrhoidectomy
  • Fissurectomy
  • Anterior resection
  • Transanal repair rectocele
  • Anal sphincter repair
  • Anal bulking
  • Rectoanal repair
  • Anal tattooing
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Constipation 
  • Obstructive defaecation syndrome
  • External rectal prolapse
  • Internal rectal prolapse
  • Anismus
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Rectocele
  • Enterocele
  • Robotic surgery
  • Pruritus ani
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Gastroenterology
Recommended by 1 specialist
29 years of experience
General (Internal) Medicine, Hepatology, Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD) such as ulcerative Colitis or Crohn's Disease + 3more

Marcus Harbord was appointed a Consultant Physician &

Gastroenterologist at the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital in 2006,

specialising in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), colorectal cancer and

colonoscopy. He was lead clinician of the Gastroenterology Department 2007-2016.

He was previously a consultant physician at the Royal Free Hospital.  

After leaving Eton College, he completed medical studies at St Mary's

Hospital, London in 1992, with further training at UCL, the Royal Free, and St

Mark’s Hospital. He was awarded a PhD in biochemistry by UCL in 2002. He was an

editorial board member of Inflammatory

Bowel Disease 2006-2016; chairman of the New Consultants’ Committee at the

Royal College of Physicians 2009-2011; an elected member of the European

Crohn’s and Colitis Organisation (ECCO) guidelines committee 2013-2016 and

chairman of this committee 2015-2016.  He is responsible for two new European guidelines, Extra-intestinal manifestations in IBD (2016) and Ulcerative colitis (2017). 

He is the main author of the ECCO e-guide, a web-based global learning resource that has

converted all ECCO guidelines into an interactive, algorithmic learning tool. He is co-author of a textbook, Emergencies in Gastroenterology & Hepatology,

published by Oxford University Press in 2013. He is principle investigator for

the UK twin IBD registry, undertaking collaborative studies with other European

centres in epigenetics and metabolomics. In 2019 he founded WikiMed LDA, a

not-for-profit, Med-Tech initiative to provide medical diagnosis and healthcare

advice for the poorest people in the world. He lives between London and Lisbon. 


Diseases, Medical Tests and Treatments

  • Colonoscopy 
  • Endoscopy 
  • Inflammatory bowel disease 
  • Crohn's disease 
  • Ulcerative colitis 
  • Chronic diarrhoea 
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Gastroenterology
40 years of experience
Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD) such as ulcerative Colitis or Crohn's Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Pancreaticobiliary Medicine (Bile Ducts & Pancreas)

Dr Waseem Ashraf is a highly experienced consultant gastroenterologist. His specialist interest is in minimally-invasive techniques, such as endoscopy. He was one of the earliest capsule endoscopy operators in the world, giving him extensive expertise in this area.

Following completion of his Fellowship in Gastroenterology from the University of Nebraska Medical Centre, USA, he was took up his consultant post in gastroenterology in the UK in 1995. Throughout his career, Dr Ashraf has been active in research and has authored a number of research articles in peer-reviewed journals and also has more than 30 scientific abstract publications and a further two book chapters. 

Dr Ashraf is very experienced with endoscopic diagnostics and therapeutic techniques, in particular endoscopic treatments which minimise the need for surgery, in some cases. In addition he is particularly experienced in carrying out procedures relating to the stomach, colon, small intestine, pancreas and bile ducts. His main clinical interests include minimally-invasive procedures, bowel disease, colon cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, and other gastrointestinal conditions. 

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Gastroenterology
26 years of experience
General (Internal) Medicine, Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD) such as ulcerative Colitis or Crohn's Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Dr Natalie Direkze is a Consultant Gastroenterologist and General Physician. She qualified with a degree in Natural Sciences at Cambridge University. During this time she realised her interests lay in the medical field and applied for a place to study medicine at St Mary's. Training posts in London followed and a PhD at Cancer Research UK concentrating on stem cell biology and pancreatic cancer.

Dr Direkze is experienced in the assessment, diagnosis of gastrointestinal cancer and the management of IBS. She is an experienced endoscopist and performs gastroscopy, colonoscopy and capsule endoscopy. Direkzeis a National Bowel Cancer Screening Programme accredited colonoscopist and is looking forward to developing her roles in research and teaching at St Mary's.

Her special interests include Luminal gastroenterology, Inflammatory bowel disease and Upper gastrointestinal disorders.

Diseases, Medical Tests and Treatments

  • Luminal gastroenterology
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Upper gastrointestinal disorders
  • Luminal gastroenterology
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Upper gastrointestinal disorders

Dr Direkze has regular clinic sessions as listed but also can see patients ad hoc at other times.

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Gastroenterology
Offers video consultation
35 years of experience
Hepatology, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Pancreaticobiliary Medicine (Bile Ducts & Pancreas)

Dr Andrew Millar is a Consultant Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist with more than 22 years of clinical experience as a Consultant. He is the Lead Clinician for Cancer, the Viral Hepatitis Service and Lead for Endoscopy Training at the North Middlesex University Hospital and an Associate Professor of Medicine at St George’s University School of Medicine at Grenada in the West Indies. He is an honorary consultant at the Royal Free Hospital. 

Dr. Millar is nationally recognised for his role in developing Rapid Diagnostic Centres, now a key part of the NHS ten year plan as part of his role as Clinical Lead for RDCs in the North Central Cancer Alliance.

Dr Millar sees patients with a wide range of gastrointestinal and hepatic conditions including irritable bowel syndrome, indigestion, food intolerance, gastrointestinal cancers, acid reflux, inflammatory bowel disease, liver disease. He is an expert in advanced endoscopic procedures such as colonoscopy, ERCP, video capsule endoscopy.

Dr. Millar knows the importance of diet and in the health of his patients and works very closely with a highly experienced dietician and together they provide up to date information on gastrointestinal disease on their website www.begoodtoyourgut.co.uk

In addition to his practice, Dr Millar is active in the field of research and has authored several papers in his field of expertise.

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General (Internal) Medicine
27 years of experience
Gastroenterology

Dr Dr Alastair O'Brien is a Consultant Hepatologist specialising in Hepato Pancreato Biliary Medicine.

After qualifying from Guys and St Thomas' Medical School in 1994, he completed gastroenterology and general medicine training on the South Thames rotation. Following this, he undertook his hepatology training at King's College, The Royal London and University College London Hospitals (UCLH). He was a Medical Research Council clinical training fellow at University College London and was awarded a PhD for his research into the use of terlipressin as rescue therapy for septic shock.

In 2007, Dr O’Brien was appointed as Consultant and Clinical Senior Lecturer in Hepatology at UCLH and The Royal Free Hospitals. At ULCH he is responsible for the inpatient management of all causes of acute and chronic liver disease. He runs an outpatients clinic at the Royal Free Hospital and sees patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, autoimmune hepatitis, primary biliary cirrhosis, viral hepatitis (B & C), metabolic and alcohol related liver disease. He also has extensive experience in upper GI endoscopy especially management of variceal bleeding.

Dr O’Brien has been published in a number of leading journals including Nature Medicine, The Lancet, Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Proceedings of The National Academy of Science. He was recently awarded funding for £1.6million by the Wellcome Trust and Department of Health to build a multi-centre clinical trial to prevent infection in cirrhosis patients. He has also gained funding from the Medical Research Council, The UCLH Biomedical Research Centre, and Industry (Pfizer).


Diseases, Medical Tests and Treatments
  • Colonoscopy
  • Endoscopy 
  • Gastroscopy 
  • Liver Biopsy
  • Sigmoidoscopy 
  • Automimmune Hepatitis 
  • Cirrhosis 
  • Fatty Liver Disease 
  • Gallstones 
  • Hepatitis
  • Liver Disease 
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome 
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