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Dr Tham qualified from the Queen’s University of Belfast’s medical school. He trained as a gastroenterologist and physician in the Northern Ireland training program. He completed his training as an Advanced Gastroenterology Fellow in the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA 1995 - 6.
He has been Consultant Physician and Gastroenterologist in the Ulster Hospital, Dundonald, Belfast since 1997. During this time, he has developed gastroenterology services in the Ulster Hospital, especially in therapeutic endoscopy and ERCP.
He has more than 70 publications in peer reviewed journals. He is the first author of a book entitled “Gastrointestinal Emergencies" which has been published as a 2nd edition and translated into Polish. He has contributed to several other book chapters. He is on the International Editorial Board of the journal Gastrointestinal Endoscopy; Associate Editor of the World Journal of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy; Diagnostic and Therapeutic Endoscopy. He has received several awards for being a top reviewer for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.
He was the Head of the School of Medicine, Northern Ireland Medical and Dental Training Agency (deanery) for 6 years and is now Training Program Director for General Internal Medicine. He sits on the Specialist Advisory Committee for internal medicine at the Joint Committee of Higher Medical Training in the Royal College of Physicians of London. He is the Secretary of the British Society of Gastroenterology committee on clinical services and standard. He is the Guidelines Editor for the gastroenterology journal Gut. He is an examiner for the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and also Queen’s University.
He is the lead clinician for developing services for patients with gastrointestinal consequences of pelvic radiotherapy in N Ireland. He has contributed to the work of the N Ireland Inflammatory Bowel Disease interest group in increasing the number of inflammatory bowel disease specialist nurses. He is the lead clinician for the implementation of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Registry in N Ireland.
Areas of interest
Gastro-oesophageal reflux; Pancreatic surgery / disorders; Dyspepsia (indigestion); Bowel disease including inflammatory (IBD); Endoscopic procedures; Biliary disease
Current NHS consultant posts held
Consultant Gastroenterologist, Ulster Hospital, Dundonald, Belfast
Endoscopy outcomes, inflammatory bowel disease
Top reviewer for the journal Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
(Additional) Languages spoken
He has more than 67 publications in peer reviewed journals. He is the first author of a book entitled “Gastrointestinal Emergencies" which has been published as a 2nd edition and translated into Polish. The 3rd edition is in press.
- MB BCH BAO Queen's University of Belfast 1985
- MD Queen's University of Belfast 1990
- FRCP Royal College of Physicians 1988
- MSc Queen's University of Belfast 2014
- Brigham and Women's Hospital Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA 1996
Reference number 3080669
Professional bodies (positions held - last 3 yrs)
- Northern Ireland representative British Society of Gastroenterology 2007
- Head of School of Medicine Northern Ireland Medical and Dental Training Agency 2007
- Guidelines Editor Gut 2014
- Training program director in General Internal Medicine Northern Ireland Medical and Dental Training Agency 2008
Details of entry to specialist register
- Gastroenterology and general internal medicine, 1986
Affiliations / memberships
British Society of Gastroenterology, American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Irish Society of Gastroenterology, Ulster Society of Gastroenterology
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- 028 9056 1344
- Ulster Independent Clinic, BT9 5JH
- 08:30 - 10:30
- 028 9068 7444
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