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Last updated: 3 May 2020
- Inflammatory bowel disease
Ayesha Akbar is a consultant gastroenterologist at St Mark's Hospital which is an internationally recognised centre of excellence for gastrointestinal disorders. She is the Research and Development (R&D) Director for her Trust and a Fellow of the Royal college of Physicians. Her broad experience covers general gastroenterology and she has a special interest in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and functional GI disorders including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Her research work at Imperial College London gained her a PhD entitled “Molecular mechanisms of visceral hypersensitivity in the colon.” She has published her research in peer reviewed journals and presented her work at national and international meetings. She is frequently invited to lecture both on IBD and IBS nationally and internationally, and to contribute to advisory boards as a key opinion leader.
Ayesha studied medicine at the University of Manchester and was awarded an Honours degree. She has an outstanding academic record graduating top of her class and gaining several distinctions and honours along with prestigious prizes. Her postgraduate training was across several major teaching hospitals in London including Hammersmith Hospital, University College Hospital London and Royal London hospital.
Ayesha was competitively appointed national chair of the British Society of Gastroenterology for education 2018-2021. Previously she was elected chair of the Neurogastroenterology committee of the British Society of Gastroenterology 2015-2018. She is actively involved in education and training. Other key leadership roles include chair of the LNC for her trust and Director of the Psychological Medicine Unit at St Mark’s Hospital.
Ayesha is passionate about patient care and was nominated a “HEART Ambassador” for her hospital as she always puts patients at the centre of all that she does.
Areas of interest
Gastroenterologist; Endoscopy; Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD); functional bowel disorders; irritable bowel syndrome (IBS); acid reflux; abdominal pain; constipation; diarrhoea; indigestion; dyspepsia; gastroscopy; colonoscopy; gastroenterology; bloating; heartburn; flexible sigmoidoscopy; ages 16 plus
Current NHS consultant posts held
Consultant Gastroenterologist, St Mark's Hospital, Watford Road, Harrow, Middlesex HA1 3UJ
Inflammatory bowel disease and irritable bowel syndrome and their overlap-research work at Imperial College London gained me a PhD entitled "Molecular mechanisms of visceral hypersensitivity in the colon." I have published my research in peer reviewed journals and presented my work at national and international meetings.
Swimming, theatre, holidays
2009 Awarded ECCO postgraduate IBD course
2008 UEGW travel scholarship
2005 GSK PhD research grant
2004 NACC PhD research grant
1997 Brockbank Prize for “most outstanding student” throughout 5 years of medical school
1994 William Susman Prize for 1st place in medical school exams
1993 David Young Medical Prize for academic excellence in medical school
1992 Dreschfield Memorial Scholarship
(Additional) Languages spoken
- Hindi - Fluent
- Urdu - Fluent
GUT Journal, Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics journal, Journal of Pain Research, Inflammatory Bowel Diseases journal, Digestive Liver Disease journal, Gastrohep.com, Postgraduate journal of medicine, Practice Nursing
Courses offered to GPs
ACT GP -training on chronic constipation (webinar)
Inflammatory bowel disease
-97% caecal intuabtion rate/colonoscopy completion rate with 0% complications
-0% MRSA/Clostridium difficiie infections last 12 months
- MBChB (Honours) University of Manchester 1997
- MRCP (UK) Royal College of Physicians of London 2009
- PhD University of London/Imperial College London 2010
- DIC Imperial College London 2010
- FRCP (UK) Royal College of Physicians of London 2015
Reference number 4440372
Professional bodies (positions held - last 3 yrs)
- Member Royal College Of Physicians 2008
- Chair of education British Society of Gastroenterology 2018
- Member Inflammatory bowel disease connect 2011
Details of entry to specialist register
- Gastroenterology and General Internal Medicine, 2009
Affiliations / memberships
• LNWUHT Drugs and Therapeutics Committee (2011 to current).
• The British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG)
• London Inflammatory Bowel Disease Interest Group
• British Society Of Gastroenterology (BSG) Clinical Studies Group
- BMI The Clementine Churchill Hospital, HA1 3RX
- 14:00 - 17:00
- 020 8872 3872
- London Digestive Centre, Wellbeck Street, London
- 10:00 - 12:00
- 020 3797 1591
Post treatment communication
Following treatment of a Bupa member, I will communicate with GPs in line with Department of Health, GMC and appropriate professional bodies guidelines.
In the event of an urgent query following treatment, Bupa members should use the following contact details
07737847415 (private secretary Eromie or Jenny)