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- Inflammatory bowel disease
Dr Willert was appointed as a Consultant Gastroenterologist at Manchester Royal Infirmary in 2008.
He specialises in the management of patients with digestive disorders of the luminal gastrointestinal tract (oesophagus, stomach, small bowel and colon). This includes the diagnosis and management of heartburn (gastro oesophageal reflux disease), indigestion (dyspepsia), abdominal pain, diarrhoea and constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease and the investigation and nutritional management of weight loss and food intolerance.
Dr Willert was awarded fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians of London and completed a joint physiology/pharmacology degree with first class honours in 1993 and qualified in medicine with honours in 1996. He subsequently completed a PhD in gastrointestinal pharmacology, assessing the mechanisms of pain in gastrointestinal disease, from the University of Manchester.
In 2006 he was awarded an international research fellowship in Perth, Western Australia at the specialist inflammatory bowel disease centre where he trained in complex inflammatory bowel disease management as well as advanced endoscopic procedures including endoscopic mucosal resection and double balloon enteroscopy.
He has specialist expertise in the endoscopic diagnosis and endoscopic therapy of heartburn and Barrett’s oesophagus. He provides BRAVO wireless pH assessment for oesophageal reflux and endoscopic mucosal resection and the new HALO radiofrequency ablation therapy for Barrett’s (as a tertiary service for Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Cheshire). He is also a nationally accredited bowel cancer screening colonoscopist for which he provides a weekly regional screening colonoscopy and advanced polypectomy / EMR service for patients across the conurbation. He is a national expert in double balloon enteroscopy for the management of small bowel disorders and provides a regional service for patients. He is also an endoscopy trainer for the regions junior doctors.
In addition, given his BSc and PhD background he has a specialist interest in the pharmacological management of all gastrointestinal disorders including both simple and complex inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, gastro-oesophageal reflux and constipation. He has published original research widely and continues to do so and is a national speaker on gastrointestinal disorders. He has recently sat on the NICE committee developing national guidelines and has ongoing clinical research studies in Barrett’s oesophagus and inflammatory bowel disease.
He is also passionate about teaching and is an honorary senior lecturer at the University of Manchester.
Areas of interest
Acid Reflux; Indigestion; Diarrhoea and Constipation; Irritable Bowel Syndrome; Inflammatory Bowel Disease; Colonic Polyps; Barrett's Oesophagus; Gastro-oesophageal reflux; Colonoscopy; Luminal gastroenterology; Endoscopy - lower GI; Coeliac disease (celiac disease / gluten sensitive enteropathy); Peptic ulcers; Endoscopy - therapeutic; Interventional endoscopy; Endoscopy - upper GI; Bowel disease including inflammatory (IBD). BRAVO ph testing for reflux. Endoscopic eradication therapy for Barrett's (HALO RFA and EMR); Colon Cancer Screening.
Current NHS consultant posts held
Honorary Senior Lecturer
Manchester Royal Infirmary
& University of Manchester
Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
Barrett's Oesophagus and reflux.
Colon Cancer Screening.
Scuba diving, Cycling & Watching Rugby.
Francis Avery Jones Medal (University of Manchester).
BSc 1st Class Honours.
Fellowship of Royal College Physicians.
Editorial board member of Crohns and Colitis UK.
(Additional) Languages spoken
- Japanese - Basic
>100 published research papers & scientific presentations nationally and internationally with ongoing publications and research.
Courses offered to GPs
Management of most Gastroenterological conditions including IBS, IBD, iron defficiency anaemia, dyspepsia and reflux, barretts surveillance and therapies, constipation with the new pharmacological therapies and diarrhoea with the role of feacal calprotectin.
As an accredited bowel cancer screening colonoscopist and trainer I also can provide updates on the new flexible sigmoidoscopy bowel cancer screening programme and the established colonoscopy bowel cancer screening programmes.
Over 500 procedures per year with:
Colonoscopy completion rate >98%
Colonoscopy comfort scores rated as excellent.
Colonoscopy re-admission rate <0.01%
- PhD University of Manchester 2004
- MBChB (Honours) University of Manchester 1996
- BSc (1st class Honours) University of Manchester 1993
- International IBD / Endoscopy Fellowship University Of Western Australia 2007
Reference number 4303453
Professional bodies (positions held - last 3 yrs)
- 3rd Year Medical Student Undergraduate Tutuor Manchester Royal Infirmary 2011-current 2014
- Lead Gastroenterology Postgraduate Trainer Manchester Royal Infirmamry 2010-current 2014
- Honorary Senior Lecturer University of Manchester 2012-current 2014
- Editorial Board Member Crohn's and Colitis UK 2014
Details of entry to specialist register
- Gastroenterology & General Medicine, 2007
Affiliations / memberships
Fellow Royal College Physicians (London)
British Society Gastroenterology Member
American Gastroenterology Association Member
American Society Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Member
European Crohn's & Colitis Organisation Member
General Medical Council (4303453)
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Post treatment communication
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