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Dr Bhalme qualified from Mumbai University in 2002 and then moved to the UK to complete his post-graduate medical training. Having completed his Gastroenterology training in Northwest England he went on to achieve the National Liver Fellowship in 2012. He was later appointed as a locum Consultant Hepatologist at the Liver Transplant Unit at St James University Hospital, Leeds. He joined Bolton NHS Foundation Trust in October 2013 as a Consultant Gastroenterologist & Hepatologist where he is also the lead clinician for liver medicine, hepato-pancreatico-biliary (HPB) and upper gastrointestinal (UGI) cancers.
He is an endoscopy trainer for gastroenterology specialty trainees and he formally teaches medical students from Manchester University.
He has published a number of original research papers and is also the principal investigator for a number of clinical trials at Bolton Hospital.
He is an expert at performing all forms of diagnostic and therapeutic gastroscopy (OGD), colonoscopy and ERCP (endoscopic retrograde cholangio-pancreatogram).
Areas of interest
Dr Bhalme specialises in the management of patients with digestive disorders such as heartburn (gastro oesophageal reflux disease); indigestion (dyspepsia); abdominal pain; diarrhoea; constipation; weight loss; iron deficiency anaemia; inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease); irritable bowel syndrome; rectal bleeding; and gastro-intestinal cancers (oesophageal, stomach and colo-rectal); or pre-cancerous conditions like Barrett’s oesophagus or colonic polyps.
He has specialist expertise in liver and pancreatico-biliary diseases such as alcohol-related liver disease; fatty liver; hepatitis B; hepatitis C; cirrhosis; portal hypertension; liver failure; liver cancer; liver transplant; pancreatitis; pancreatic cancer; and gallstone disease.
He is an expert at performing all forms of diagnostic and therapeutic gastroscopy (OGD); colonoscopy; and ERCP (endoscopic retrograde cholangio-pancreatogram).
Current NHS consultant posts held
Consultant Gastroenterologist & Hepatologist
Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, Room 2, C-D Block, First Floor, Royal Bolton Hospital, Minerva Road, Farnworth, Bolton, BL4 0JR
Liver disease, particularly NASH
Chess and cycling
Winner of the Gastroenterology Team on the Year at British Medical Journal Awards 2014
Fellow of Royal College of Physicians
Endoscopic Balloon Dilatation of Crohn's Disease Strictures: Results from a Large United Kingdom Series.
Bhalme M, Sarkar S, Lal S, Bodger K, Baker R, Willert RP.
Inflamm Bowel Dis. 2013 Dec 26.
Does weight-adjusted anti-tumour necrosis factor treatment favour obese patients with Crohn's disease?
Bhalme M, Sharma A, Keld R, Willert R, Campbell S.
Eur J Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2013 May;25(5):543-9.
Letter: carbon dioxide vs. room air insufflation for gastrointestinal endoscopy.
Bhalme M, Kidd F, Ramesh J, Martin D.
Aliment Pharmacol Ther. 2012 Nov;36(10):990.
Bhalme M, Hayes S, Norton A, Lal S, Chinoy H, Paine P.
Inflamm Bowel Dis. 2013 Mar;19(3):E41-3.
Meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus liver abscess.
Jackson H, Bhalme M, Quest L.
Br J Hosp Med (Lond). 2012 Jan;73(1):48-9.
Paraneoplastic oesophageal dysmotility-renal cell carcinoma presenting as dysphagia: a case report.
Bhalme MD, Levison SE, Banait GS.
Cases J. 2009 Jul 31;2:8170.
Courses offered to GPs
Willing to speak on any aspect of gastroenterology and hepatology.
- MBBS Mumbai University 2001
- MRCP Gastroenterology Royal College of Physicians of London 2009
- MSc Salford University 2012
- FRCP Royal College of Physicians of London 2017
- National Advanced Hepatology Fellowship St James University Hospital, Leeds 2012
Reference number 6040431
Details of entry to specialist register
- CCST in Gastroenterology and General (Internal) Medicine, 2012
Affiliations / memberships
Fellow Royal College Physicians (London)
British Medical Association
- BMI The Beaumont Hospital Bolton
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