Dr Howard Curtis: Gastroenterology , General (internal) medicine
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Dr Howard Curtis

Gastroenterology, General (internal) medicine

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Specialises in

  • Endoscopy
  • Hepatobiliary
  • Inflammatory bowel disease

About me

Year qualified 1989 King's College Hospital, University of London.

Having qualified from King’s College Medical School, University of London in 1989, I trained in general medicine and gastroenterology at the Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham. Specialist training and research in liver disease and liver transplant medicine was undertaken at the Institute of Liver Studies, King’s College Hospital, London.

I have a special interest in irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, chronic liver disease and gastrointestinal endoscopy. I have carried out over 10,000 endoscopic procedures and routinely train both trainee and experienced endoscopists.

I take a very active role in the development of gastroenterology and hepatology at the Princess Royal University Hospital, Farnborough and Bromley Primary Care Trust as part of my role as Lead Clinician for Gastroenterology Services, King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.


I am interested in novel endoscopic techniques such as wireless capsule endoscopy which involves swallowing a "pill camera" which produces a 12 hour recording of the entire small intestine. This service is available at Chelsfield Park Hospital. We aim to introduce a "colon capsule" in the near future.

IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) is a particular interest to me and I always prepared to discuss the role of alternative therapies in addition to standard treatment.
I am currently leading a National Institute of Clinical Excellence funded project to develop new pathways for patients with IBS in the Bromley District.
I also contribute regularly the development of gastroenterology guidelines and pathways for the South East London Sector

In 2011, I was accepted as Examiner for the Royal College of Physicians, UK.

Areas of interest

Upper and lower gastrointestinal endoscopy including:- Gastroscopy (OGD); Colonoscopy; Video capsule endoscopy; Bowel cancer screening; Oesophageal dilatation; Oesophageal variceal banding; Oesophageal stenting; Barrett's surveillance; Bravo pH studies. ~
Therapeutic colonoscopy including:- Polypectomy; Argon beam coagulation. ~
Heartburn (GORD); Functional dyspepsia; Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS); Investigation of abdominal pain; Ulcerative colitis; Crohn's disease; Abnormal liver function; Fatty liver disease; Cirrhosis

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