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Last updated: 29 Apr 2020
- Inflammatory bowel disease
Dr Paul Blaker, Consultant Gastroenterologist and General Physician, is an expert in the in the diagnosis and management of diseases and disorders affecting the oesophagus (e.g. acid reflux), stomach (e.g. ulcers), small and large bowel (e.g. irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, coeliac disease).
His undergraduate training was completed at Guy’s, King’s & St Thomas’ School of Medicine between 1997 and 2003, gaining both a medical degree and a 1st class degree in Neurosciences. After graduation Dr Paul Blaker completed his post-graduate training in internal medicine and gastroenterology at King’s, Lewisham, Queen Elizabeth and Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospitals in London and at the Royal Sussex County and Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells Hospitals in the South East.
Dr Paul Blaker spent three years (2010-2013) as a research fellow investigating biomarkers predicting toxicity and response to thiopurine treatment in patients with inflammatory bowel disease. This work was completed under the supervision of Prof Jeremy Sanderson and led to the successful award of a PhD in 2014.
Dr Paul Blaker was appointed as Consultant Physician and Gastroenterologist to the Tunbridge Wells Hospital in 2014. In December 2018 Dr Paul Blaker became the Clinical Director of Specialist Medicine at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust. He is also the Clinical Lead for Inflammatory Bowel Disease at MTW.
Areas of interest
Endoscopy - gastroscopy, OGD; flexible sigmoidoscopy; colonoscopy; dyspepsia (indigestion); reflux; heartburn; Barrett’s oesophagus; peptic ulcer disease; coeliac disease; irritable bowel syndrome; small intestinal bacterial overgrowth; bloating; constipation; diarrhoea; anaemia; abdominal pain; Crohn’s disease; ulcerative colitis.
Current NHS consultant posts held
2014 - Current - Consultant Physician and Gastroenterologist, Clinical Director of Specialist Medicine, Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust
Luminal gastroenterology; inflammatory bowel diseases and immunosuppression.
Running, squash, piano / keyboards.
Dr Paul Blaker was awarded 5 Clinical Excellence Awards in December 2019.
In total Dr Paul Blaker has contributed to 56 articles to date, including book chapters, full journal papers and conference proceedings. These articles have been cited by 555 other authors.
Data recorded on the National Endoscopy Database over the last 12 months (to April 2020):
Gastroscopy, number of procedures = 161; duodenal intubation rate = 97%
Flexible sigmoidoscopy, number of procedures = 83
Colonoscopy, number of procedures = 138; Caecal intubation rate = 96.8%; polyp detection rate = 43.3%.
- BSc King’s College London 2000
- MB BS Guy’s King’s & St Thomas’ 2003
- PhD in Nutritional Sciences King’s College London 2014
- FRCP Royal College of Physicians of London 2018
Reference number 6076564
Professional bodies (positions held - last 3 yrs)
- General Medical Council Reference number 6076564 2003
Details of entry to specialist register
- General Medicine & Gastroenterology, 2014
Affiliations / memberships
General Medicine Council
Medical Defence Union
British Society of Gastroenterology
Fellow Royal College of Physicians
Fellow Royal Society of Medicine
Member of the European Crohns & Colitis Organisation
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- 01892 526126
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