Dr Zinu Philipose: Gastroenterology , General (internal) medicine
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Dr Zinu Philipose

Gastroenterology, General (internal) medicine

 

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  • Accredited endoscopist
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Bupa specialist

  • Accredited endoscopist

About me

I completed my Gastroenterology Specialist Registrar training along with sub-speciality Hepatology training from South Thames LondonDeanery starting with a research job at Croydon University Hospital. The training included 2 years of sub-speciality training in Hepatology at King’s Liver unit and St George’s hospital. During my training, I have been exposed to all aspects of Gastroenterology and I am well- versed with all endoscopic gastroenterological procedures. I have obtained awards for my presentations and have published in peer-reviewed journals. My Hepatology training was at the largest liver transplantation centre in Europe where I gained an in-depth knowledge of all aspects of liver transplantation, Liver ITU and liver disease. After completion of my training, I undertook a senior clinical fellowship job at the world famous centre of Gastroenterology academics, St Mark’s Hospital and Academic institute.
In October 2009, I accepted a full-time Consultant Gastroenterologist/Hepatologist post at Worthing hospital where I worked till January 2016. During these years, I set-up various new developments and was single-handedly managing the Hepatopancreatico-biliary service in the hospital including being the only ERCP endoscopist for the hospital for a period of time. I also held important positions like chair of the gastroenterology journal club, endoscopy training lead, core member of Upper GI and HPB cancer group, Principal Investigator for national trials in gastroenterology.
Subsequent to this, I was offered a chance to work as a Consultant Gastroenterologist/Hepatologist at Croydon University Hospital with a view to setting up several services with the focus mainly on Hepatology. I have been serving as the Hepatology Lead since my appointment here. In the 2 years here, I have managed to set up Hepatology clinics with setting up of Hepatitis B and C treatment locally which never existed, ever before, at Croydon University Hospital after several discussions with the relevant stakeholders, thereby repatriating all the work from the tertiary centres. At the same time, I have managed to strengthen the collaboration with the liver team at King’s College Liver unit. I have set up a benign radiology MDT for GI medicine alone. I have been working in close partnership with Public Health Croydon and been part of a team called Croydon Integrated Personalised care for people with Alcohol and other long term conditions. I have set up a Fibroscan service (a non-invasive test) to be made available to all our patients for a more in-depth analysis of liver condition for patients with liver diseases. I have started the provision of transjugular liver biopsy at Croydon University Hospital. I am the operator with the highest number of ERCP procedures per annum.
I currently also work at St George’s hospital where I perform Endoscopic Ultrasound, which again was not available locally prior to my appointment here. I am the only clinician performing Endoscopic Ultrasound in Croydon. I am the only consultant managing viral hepatitis at Croydon University Hospital.
Procedures performed : All types of diagnostic and therapeutic upper and lower GI endoscopies. My completion rates are above the required rate for all procedures and my complication rates are below the evidence based average.
My special expertise also includes endoscopic ultrasound assessment of all pancreatic cysts.
Finally, I have been practising Gastroenterology and Hepatology as independent consultant both in the NHS and in the private sector since 2009 and I have treated a wide variety of conditions in this field. I spend a lot of time and effort in listening to their actual symptoms and directing them to only the appropriate investigations, but at the same time, getting to the diagnosis and leaving all the patients with a definite diagnosis and a clear and comprehensive management plan. I always focus on a patient empowered and personalised patient approach.

Areas of interest

LIVER DISEASES – ALL ASPECTS LIKE FATTY LIVER DISEASE, VIRAL HEPATITIS, ABNORMAL LIVER LESIONS, AUTOIMMUNE LIVER DISEASES;
GALL BLADDER PROBLEMS WITH SPECIAL EXPERTISE IN BILE DUCT STONES;
PANCREAS PROBLEMS WITH SPECIAL EXPERTISE ON PANCREATIC CYSTS;
CONSTIPATION;
DIARRHOEA;
ABDOMINAL BLOATING, BELCHING AND FLATULENCE;
REFLUX DISEASE INCLUDING REFLUX ASSOCIATED CHEST PAIN;
NAUSEA AND VOMITING;
RECURRENT ABDOMINAL PAIN;
SWALLOWING DIFFICULTIES;
BLEEDING FROM GASTROINTESTINAL TRACT CAUSING ANAEMIA;
DIETARY ADVICE FOR SPECIFIC GASTROENTEROLOGICAL CONDITIONS;
DETECTION AND TREATMENT OF GASTROINTESTINAL POLYPS;
COELIAC DISEASE;
COLITIS AND CROHN'S DISEASE

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Procedures completed

  • X3510

    IV sedation administered by operator - (1-5)

    BMI Shirley Oaks Hospital (1-5)

  • G6500

    Diagnostic oesophago-gastro-duodenoscopy (OGD) includes forceps biopsy, biopsy urease test and dye spray - (1-5)

    BMI Shirley Oaks Hospital (1-5)

  • G8080

    Capsule endoscopy (including interpretation and evaluation) - (1-5)

  • G8083

    Therapeutic oesophago-gastro-duodenoscopy (OGD) and immediate colonoscopy includes forceps biopsies, biopsy test and dye spray (as sole procedure) - (1-5)

  • G2110

    Oesophageal physiology studies (including pH measurement) - (1-5)

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