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Rami Sweis acquired his Bachelor's degree in 1994 from the University of Illinois at Chicago and his medical degree in 1999 from University of Edinburgh. He trained in gastroenterology at Guy's & St Thomas' Hospitals, Kings College Hospital and South East Thames and completed his PhD from Kings College London in 2012. He was appointed as Consultant in Upper GI Medicine and Physiology at UCLH in 2014 and is the Upper GI Physiology Lead. He also holds an Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer position at University College London.
Rami Sweis' research is primarily focused on trying to advance the methodology and utility of the technology used to investigate reflux and swallowing disorders, including catheter/wireless (Bravo) pH-monitoring, High Resolution Manometry, Endoscopy and Barium swallow. He continues to publish and collaborate with fellow experts and esophageal units nationally and internationally. He is currently PI in the UK (central site Leuven) of a multi-centre randomised trial comparing POEM with pneumatic dilatation.
He is an active member of the international High Resolution Manometry Working Group, which is responsible for classifying esophageal disorders including the Chicago Classification. He is also a member of the Neurogastroenterology & Motility Committee of the British Society of Gastroenterology and has recently become President of the Association of GI Physiologists (AGIP).
Rami Sweis is actively involved in improving training and Upper GI physiology. He regularly organises and chairs Upper GI Symposia and Hands-on Training in Upper GI physiology in the UK (through AGIP, NGM and at UCLH) and through other societies abroad.
As a member of the Upper GI Endoscopy team at UCLH, Rami Sweis has a particular interest in investigating and managing complex benign and malignant upper GI disorders such as Achalasia (sequential pneumatic dilatation and per-oral endoscopic myotomy; POEM), Barrett's esophagus (radio-frequency ablation and endoscopic mucosal resection), Gastric dysplasia (submucosal dissection) and upper GI cancer (dilatation, stent and laser).
Areas of interest
Reflux disease; Dysphagia; Heartburn; Swallowing problems; Oesophageal physiology; Endoscopy; Endoscopic therapy; High Resolution Manometry; Ambulatory pH studies; Impedance-pH studies; Barrett's oesophagus; Achalasia; Oesophageal spasm; vomiting; Abdominal pain; Diarrhoea; constipation; Colitis; Irritable bowel syndrome; bloating; Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth; anaemia.
Current NHS consultant posts held
University College London Hospital
My research is primarily focused on trying to advance the methodology and utility of the technology used to investigate reflux and swallowing disorders, including catheter/wireless (Bravo) pH-monitoring, High Resolution Manometry, Endoscopy and Barium swallow. I continue to publish and collaborate with fellow experts and oesophageal units nationally and internationally. I am currently PI in the UK of a multi-centre randomised trial comparing POEM with pneumatic dilatation. I also collaborate with colleagues at UCH in developing endoscopic classification techniques to define oesophageal mucosal disease including Barrett's.
1) Upper GI Physiology training on (national and international)
2) Upper GI Endoscopic therapy - treating complex benign and malignant upper GI pathology
2018 Clinical Excellence Award (ACCEA)
2016 UEGW Travel grant (€1000)
2009 - 2012 Reckitt Benckiser (£199,000)
Funding for 1 year of research in St Thomas' Oesophageal Unit
2009 - 2012 Given Imaging (£80,000) & Crospon Ltd. (£10,000) + equipment donation
(Additional) Languages spoken
- Arabic - Native or bilingual
S Sanagapalli….R Sweis. Achalasia diagnosed despite normal integrated relaxation pressure responds favorably to therapy Neurogastroenterol Motil. 2019
M Pesce…R Sweis. The treatment of achalasia patients with esophageal varices: an international study. United European Gastroenterol J. 2019
H Heinrich, R Sweis. The role of oesophageal physiological testing in the assessment of noncardiac chest pain. Ther Adv Chronic Dis. 2018
S Sanagapalli….R Sweis. Impaired motility in Barrett's esophagus: A study using high-resolution manometry with physiologic challenge. Neurogastroenterol Motil. 2018
R Sweis, et al. Variation in High Resolution Esophageal Manometry methodology in clinical practice: Results from an international survey. Neurogastroenterol Motil. 2018
D Ang…R Sweis, Mark Fox. Diagnostic yield of high-resolution manometry with a solid test meal for clinically relevant, symptomatic oesophageal motility disorders: serial diagnostic study. Lancet Gastroenterol Hepatol 2017
H Philpott…R Sweis. Dysphagia; Thinking outside the box. World J Gastroenterol 2017
H Philpott, R Sweis. Hiatus hernia as a cause of dysphagia. Current Gastroenterology Reports. 2017
S Sanagapalli, R Sweis. Achalasia; it’s not all black and white. Current Gastroenterology Reports. 2017 Curr Gastroenterol Rep. 2017
S Sanagapalli, R Sweis. Combined pH-impedance testing for reflux: current state of play and future challenges. Frontline Gastroenterol 2017
D Ang…R Sweis, M Fox. Rapid Drink Challenge in high-resolution manometry: an adjunctive test for detection of esophageal motility disorders. Neurogastroenterol Motil 2017
M Banks & R Sweis. POEM and the management of achalasia. Frontline Gastroenterology. 2017
R Sweis & N Cieplik. Practical implementation tips: GORD in adults. Guidelines in Practice. 2015
R Sweis, et al. Assessment of esophageal dysfunction and symptoms during and after a standardized test meal: development and clinical validation of a new methodology utilizing high-resolution manometry. Neurogastroenterol Motil 2014
R Sweis, et al. Measurement of esophago-gastric junction cross-sectional area and distensibility by an endolumenal functional lumen imaging probe for the diagnosis of GERD. Neurogastroenterol Motil 2013
R Sweis, et al. Post-prandial reflux suppression by a raft-forming alginate (Gaviscon Advance) compared to a simple antacid: mechanistic assessment and clinical randomized, controlled, double-blind study. Aliment Pharmacol Ther 2013
Courses offered to GPs
Bi-annual Upper GI Hands on Physiology training (beginners and advanced courses)
Association of GI Physiologists masterclass (annual)
Upper GI Benign Disorders symposium (annual)
I have yearly appraisals and 5 yearly revalidation. Yearly endoscopy appraisal shows that I continue to achieve the targets set by the BSG and JAG.
- BSc (1st Class Hons) University of Illinois at Chicago 1994
- MB ChB University of Edinburgh Medical School 1999
- MRCP Royal College of Physicians 2004
- PhD Kings College London University 2013
- CCT + Revalidation Royal College of Physicians 2013
- FHEA (Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy) University College London 2018
- Honorary Clinical Associate Professor University College London 2019
Reference number 4639765
Professional bodies (positions held - last 3 yrs)
- Fellow Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh 2019
- British Society of Gastroenterology Member 2005
- Member Neurogastroenterology and Motility Society 2015
- Member Oesophageal section of BSG 2017
- President Association of GI Physiologists 2017
Details of entry to specialist register
- CCT/Specialist Register, 2005
Affiliations / memberships
General Medical Council (4639765 - full)
British Society of Gastroenterology (07483)
British Medical Association (7773575)
Neurogastroenterology and Motility
Oesophageal section of BSG
High Resolution Manometry Working Group (International)
President of AGIP
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