Dr Edward John Despott

Dr Edward John Despott

MD FRCP FEBGH FASGE MD(Res)

Gastroenterology

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3 specialists

21 years of experience
9 years as a specialist
Video consultation available

Overall Rating

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5
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5
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5

Top feedback

“I saw Dr Despott for a endoscopic submucosal dissection. He was highly recommended by the referring doctor. Dr Despott took time to explain the procedure. He was also reassuring but realistic, which made me feel safe in his hands. I am delighted that the procedure was a success and I have had no complications from the procedure. I would certainly recommend Dr Despott to any of my friends or family if they needed to see someone with his specialty. “
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Subspecialty

  • Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD) such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease
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Languages spoken

  • English
  • Italian
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Registered with

  • Royal College of Physicians: 106328
  • General Medical Council: 6095124
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    Consultation fees

    New appointment: £265

    Follow-up appointment: £190

    Practices worked at

    The Wellington Hospital

    St Johns Wood, London, United Kingdom, NW8 7JA
    213 reviews

    About

    Consultant Gastroenterologist, Interventional Endoscopist and Clinical Lead at the Royal Free Unit for Endoscopy, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust and Honorary Associate Professor at the University College London (UCL) Institute for Liver and Digestive Health (Royal Free Campus). Specialist interests and clinical expertise include device-assisted enteroscopy (double-balloon enteroscopy (DBE) in particular), capsule endoscopy (CE), therapeutic colonoscopy (especially complex polypectomy, including endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR) and endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD)) and transnasal upper GI endoscopy. Also interested in the diagnosis and management of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and endoscopic management of IBD related complications (such as dilatation of small bowel and colonic strictures). Has undergone specialist and sub-specialist GI and advanced GI endoscopy training in the North East Thames training rotation of the London Deanery School of Medicine, at the Wolfson Unit for Endoscopy, St Mark’s Hospital and Academic Institute, London and in Japan. 

    Has received several national and international scholarships and bursaries relating to advanced GI endoscopy and has also been awarded MD(Res) (Imperial College London) for his thesis on research in this field. Has an on-going interest in academic GI endoscopy, authoring numerous peer-reviewed publications and book chapters and reviews and is a referee for several international GI endoscopy journals of high impact. 

    Dr Despott is also regularly invited as a speaker and live endoscopy demonstrator and hands-on trainer at national and international conferences and meetings and is a member of numerous international endoscopy guideline and education committees.

    http://www.londonendoscopymasterclass.com

    He also enjoys painting seascapes in oils and deep sea fishing.

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    Medical procedures

    Double balloon enteroscopy (DBE)

    Endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD)

    Endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR)

    Complex polypectomy

    Transnasal endoscopy

    Capsule Endoscopy

    Colonoscopy

    Endoscopy




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    Special interests

    Advanced endoscopy including:

    Double balloon enteroscopy (DBE)


    Endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD)

    Endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR)

    Complex polypectomy

    Transnasal endoscopy

    Capsule Endoscopy

    Colonoscopy

    Endoscopy






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    Education

    Dr Despott graduated from the University of Malta (MD with distinction) in 1999. He was was awarded membership of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP(UK)) in 2003 and undertook his specialist training in gastroenterology and general (internal) medicine in the North East Thames training rotation of the London Deanery (2004-2011). He also undertook 3.5 years of sub-specialist training in advanced endoscopy at the Wolfson Unit for Endoscopy at St Mark's Hospital (London) during which time he also read for his post-graduate doctorate (MD(Res)) in advanced endoscopy at Imperial College London. He was awarded his post-graduate Specialist Certificate Examination in gastroenterology (MRCP(UK)(Gastroenterology)) in 2010 and was elected a fellow of the European Board of Gastroenterology and Hepatology (FEBGH) in 2012. In 2016, Dr Despott received the prestigious award of fellow of the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (FASGE) and more recently has also been elected as a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (FRCP). He has also undertaken intensive training in advanced endoscopic techniques at various centres of excellence and international repute during his multiple training visits to Japan (including the Japanese National Cancer Centre Hospital (NCCH), Tokyo, Jichi Medical University,Shimotsuke-shi, Tochigi-ken and Kobe Medical University, Kobe).


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    Reviews

    5 Overall Patient Trust rating
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    Colonoscopy
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    Diarrhoea
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    Double Balloon Enteroscopy
    1/18
    Endoscopic submucosal dissection
    1/18
    Gastrointestinal Bleeding
    1/18
    Gastroscopy
    1/18
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    Patient seen for:
    Endoscopic submucosal dissection
    I saw Dr Despott for a endoscopic submucosal dissection. He was highly recommended by the referring doctor. Dr Despott took time to explain the procedure. He was also reassuring but realistic, which made me feel safe in his hands. I am delighted that the procedure was a success and I have had no complications from the procedure. I would certainly recommend Dr Despott to any of my friends or family if they needed to see someone with his specialty.
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    Dr Edward John Despott

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    Patient seen for:
    Colonoscopy Gastroscopy Diarrhoea
    Very efficient with organising tests and feedback afterwards
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    Very caring doctor who makes you feel calm in a stressful situation.
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    Patient seen for:
    Double Balloon Enteroscopy
    I'm very happy with Dr. Despott, and I believe he's the finest doctor I've ever encountered. He didn't waste any time and he made sure my health problems were treated as soon as possible. He was always happy to answer any of my questions and he did everything he could to reassure me. Very comunicative and always ready to explain what was going on. I'm also quite surprised by his kindness, which is definitely one of his main attributes. I was quite moved to see how much he cared about me, and that was a very important thing for me as a patient. Not only a great doctor, but also a great human being.
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    Patient seen for:
    Gastrointestinal Bleeding
    Mr Despott is probably the most hands-on and pro-active consultant I have encountered. He took a personal and compassionate approach to managing my care. He is held in high regard by his colleagues and the profession in general and it is not difficult to see why. I was treated by Mr Despott both as a private patient and via the NHS and all this he organised seamlessly despite the difficulties presented by a global pandemic. The PPU at the Royal Free was closed at the time of my admission so I experienced the hospital as an NHS patient. I found it to be excellent. Mr Despott also practices at the Wellington Hospital which is, in my view, the best private hospital in the UK.
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    Dr Despott provided excellent care. He is very kind and explains everything. I had a transnasal endoscopy and travelled from the midlands to have this procedure. I would do it again. I found I was able to tolerate this type of endoscopy well. Dr Despott ensured I was comfortable throughout the procedure. Excellent Dr with a high level of expertise. Thank you.
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    Thank you for you and your team for looking after my father so well during his admission. The care that he received from yourself and team was nothing short of exceptional.
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    As always, Dr Despott was wonderful in helping my parents. Thank you so much for your ultra-responsive and high quality support.
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    Dr Despott is the most human, dedicated doctor in his field. He performed his pioneering Transnasal Endoscopy on me whereby he was conscious of my fears and made it seem like a breeze. I feel very blessed to have this man in charge of my gastro problems as he is very thorough. I will travel the width and length of this country to have this lovely man as my consultant.
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    Our son who has Down's Syndrome and associated learning difficulties had a gastroscopy under the care of Dr Despott. We cannot praise the staff enough for their care and attention. The fact everyone spoke directly to my son rather than through me was particularly impressive. Dr Despott explained in simple terms what he planned to do. Overall it was an incredibly positive experience and we are very grateful to all the staff who treated him so well and made him feel so comfortable while in hospital.
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    It is now two weeks since I underwent APC at the Royal Free Hospital and I am enjoying full relief from what had become a nightmare situation. I am so thankful for your skill and knowledge in bringing my difficulties to an end. I only wish I'd found him sooner!
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    Each time that I have come into your unit for check-ups or procedures, I have been amazed by the warmth, care and good atmosphere of the department. I want to say thank you for always easing the experience with your careful approach. I always feel that I understand what is going on and appreciate the sense of team-work around you. I am truly thankful for your skill and warmth.
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    I wish to thank Dr Despott for what you and your team have done for me. Without your skill, expertise, know-how and dedication I would not feel as well as I do now. I am forever in your debt.
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    I wish to thank Dr Despott and team for all the care and attention given during my stay in hospital. It was so nice to see so many cheerful and smiling faces around in such trying circumstances. Thank you all once again.
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    thank you for taking such good care of me
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    Thank you for all your help once again!
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    I would like to thank you and your team for the excellent care shown to me. I greatly appreciate your kind help and compassion and I wish to express my sincerest gratitude and appreciation for the exemplary kind care I received. I consider it a privilege to be one of your patients and I am delighted with the outcome.
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    I would like to say what an extraordinary human being you are, thanks for showing so much care and concern!
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    Other Reviews

    Peer recommendations

    Recommended by 3 doctors for:
    3

    Gastroenterology

    Dr Alberto Murino
    Dr Alberto Murino
    Gastroenterology

    27-11-2019

    Very professional and expert gastroenterologist with a special interest in gastrointestinal endoscopy

    For specialty: Gastroenterology
    For procedures: Gastroscopy
    Connection: Is a colleague
    Dr Yiannis Kallis
    Dr Yiannis Kallis
    Gastroenterology

    25-05-2017

    Dr Despott is a highly skilled and innovative endoscopist. He has a fantastic bedside manner and is 100% committed to his patients. I would entrust him to look after a member of my family.

    For specialty: Gastroenterology
    Connection: Is a colleague
    Dr Gavin Johnson
    Dr Gavin Johnson
    Gastroenterology

    25-05-2017

    Excellent gastro opinion and expert in small bowel endoscopy

    For specialty: Gastroenterology
    Connection: Is a colleague

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