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Professor Neil Gittoes is Consultant Endocrinologist at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (QEHB) and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Birmingham. He also holds a senior leadership and management role at QEHB as Associate Medical Director for Clinical Partnerships.
Professor Gittoes has over 20 years of experience in specialist endocrinology at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, one of the largest and most highly regarded endocrine centres in the UK.
He was appointed consultant in 2001 and over this time Professor Gittoes has developed a nationally recognised subspecialty interest in osteoporosis and metabolic bone diseases.
In recognition of his wide clinical contributions Professor Gittoes has been recognised by award of a Gold Clinical Excellence Award.
Professor Gittoes has a broad spectrum of professional skills spanning research, teaching and leadership but at the centre of his beliefs and ethos is high quality, patient-focussed clinical care.
Professor Gittoes has multiple national roles and responsibilities within the NHS locally, regionally and nationally. He leads and contributes to many professional societies and charities at a national level. He is national lead for osteoporosis services peer review and author of the national standards for fracture prevention (National Osteoporosis Society). He co-authored the UK Guidelines on Vitamin D deficiency. Within specialised endocrinology he leads the Clinical Update Bone and Calcium strand nationally and he is Vice-Chair of the NHS England Clinical Reference Group for Specialised Endocrinology that determines the delivery of all specialised endocrinology services nationally. Professor Gittoes is vice chair of the West Midlands Clinical Senate.
He leads the NICE Clinical Guideline on Primary Hyperparathyroidism.
Areas of interest
Osteoporosis; Fracture risk assessment; Complex & specialised endocrinology; Metabolic bone disease (MBD); Thyroid and Pituitary disorder; Primary hyperparathyroidism; Calcium problems; Vitamin D deficiency; Thyrotoxicosis; Hypothyroidism; Paget's disease of bone; Pituitary tumours; Polycystic ovarian syndrome
Current NHS consultant posts held
Dr Neil Gittoes is Consultant Endocrinologist at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (QEHB) and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Birmingham.
He is Honorary Consultant at both the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital and Birmingham Children's Hospital, Birmingham.
Large scale osteoporosis studies (SCOOP) - multi-centre.
Laboratory research in rare forms of osteoporosis.
Clinical research into hypoparathyroidism.
Clinical research into rare bone diseases.
Clinical research into pituitary tumours.
Dr Neil Gittoes is a full time dad but finds time for exercise when he can! He enjoys watching rugby union and looking after the garden but most of his leisure time is focussed around his family.
In 2006, Dr Gittoes was honoured by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) by award of the Goulstonian Lectureship for his rapid progression through his clinical and research career, having been awarded Fellowship (F)RCP in 2003.
Dr Gittoes has also represented UK medicine in Oman in 2011, acting as a speaker and ambassador for the RCP.
(Additional) Languages spoken
83 papers, reviews, and chapters published.
Lectured at national and international conferences.
MRC multimillion pound grant to explore screening of older women for osteoporosis
Clinical studies looking at rare inherited forms of osteoporosis/osteogenesis imperfecta.
Track record in molecular laboratory endocrine research.
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Courses offered to GPs
Ad hoc update meetings on all areas pertaining to his clinical practice, particularly osteoporosis, calcium and vitamin D and thyroid diseases.
Dr Gittoes' interventions are non-operative but based on medical therapies that often involve up-to-date drug treatments.
Dr Gittoes recognises the importance of patients understanding their illness and he offers appropriate medical interventions as necessary with a strong focus on self-help.
- BSc (Hons) University of Birmingham 1987
- MB ChB (Hons) University of Birmingham 1990
- MRCP Royal College of Physicians 1993
- PhD University of Birmingham 1997
- FRCP Royal College of Physicians 2003
Reference number 3459937
Details of entry to specialist register
- CCST General Medicine, Endocrinology and Diabetes , 1990
Affiliations / memberships
Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians
Member of the Society for Endocrinology
Member of the American Endocrine Society
Member of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
Member of the National Osteoporosis Society
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