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Last updated: 9 Jun 2020
Dr Richard Aspinall is a Consultant in Gastroenterology & Hepatology at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust.
He established the Hepatology (liver disease) service as a single-handed consultant in 2010 and has continued to drive improvements in care ever since. The service has grown to become one of the largest in Southern England and he manages the full spectrum of liver conditions.
Dr Aspinall is able to offer Fibroscan (transient elastography) for the non-invasive assessment of the liver.
In addition to his expertise in liver disease, Dr Aspinall maintains a broad gastroenterology practice and is a highly experienced, accredited endoscopist (gastroscopy, colonoscopy and sigmoidoscopy).
He qualified as a doctor in 1992 and subsequently trained in internal medicine, gastroenterology and hepatology in Liverpool, Sheffield, Cambridge and London (North Thames Rotation).
He was a Lecturer at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School, Hammersmith Hospital and was awarded a research PhD from Imperial College London. In 2004, he moved to San Diego, California for 2 years as Associate Hepatologist at the Scripps Liver Center. After returning to the UK, he was a consultant at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff before relocating to Portsmouth in 2010.
He is keen to ensure his patients are able to access the latest therapies and has built a large and successful clinical research programme in Portsmouth.
Areas of interest
Liver disease; gastroenterology; Fibroscan; endoscopy; gastroscopy; colonoscopy; sigmoidoscopy; hepatitis B; hepatitis C; autoimmune hepatitis; primary biliary cholangitis; PBC; primary sclerosing cholangitis; PSC; non-alcoholic fatty liver disease; NAFLD; NASH; cirrhosis; hepatocellular carcinoma; hepatic encephalopathy; ascites; varices; portal hypertension; alcohol misuse; alcohol related liver disease; abdominal pain; weight loss; reflux; dyspepsia; peptic ulcer disease; change in bowel habit; diarrhoea; gallstones; polycystic liver disease; haemochromatosis; venesection; transient elastography; abnormal LFTs; liver fibrosis; hepatology; hepatitis E; fatty liver; hepatitis;
Current NHS consultant posts held
Department of Gastroenterology & Hepatology,
Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust,
Queen Alexandra Hospital,
Cirrhosis and complications
Autoimmune liver disease (PBC, PSC and autoimmune hepatitis)
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)
Alcohol related liver disease
Sport & travel.
Total of 9 University Prizes
American Liver Foundation Fellowship
Competitive grants, research fellowships and prizes - from BASL, BSG, ICRF, DDF, Scripps Health Foundation, Wolfson Foundation, Public Health England, Wessex Academic Health Science Network
Recognised by National Institute for Health Research as one of highest-performing clinical trial investigators in the NHS
Multiple peer-reviewed publications on liver disease, viral hepatitis, acute liver failure, alcohol related illness, digestive tract cancers, hepatic encephalopathy, immunology and infectious disease.
Contributor to guidelines, NICE technology appraisals, grant reviews, NHS commissioning and national policy documents.
Co-author of award-winning textbook of Gastroenterology & Liver Disease.
Courses offered to GPs
Happy to speak on almost any aspect of liver disease - eg NAFLD, alcohol problems, abnormal LFTs, non-invasive assessment of fibrosis, autoimmune liver disease, cirrhosis, hepatitis C, hepatitis B, assessment for transplantation, liver cancers, public health aspects, etc.
- BSc (Hons) Physiology 1st Class University of Liverpool 1989
- MBChB (with Hons) Medicine & Surgery University of Liverpool 1992
- MRCP Royal College of Physicians of London 1995
- PhD Imperial College London 2004
Reference number 3677038
Professional bodies (positions held - last 3 yrs)
- Secretary, Liver Section British Society of Gastroenterology 2016
- Specialty Group Lead for Hepatology NIHR Wessex Regional Research Network 2016
- National Industry Lead NIHR Hepatology Research Network 2017
Details of entry to specialist register
- Gastroenterology, 2003
Affiliations / memberships
Royal College of Physicians
British Society of Gastroenterology
British Association for the Study of the Liver
British Viral Hepatitis Group
European Association for the Study of the Liver
British Medical Association
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
Spire Portsmouth Hospital
Tel: 02392 456035