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- Inflammatory bowel disease
I currently work at the Luton and Dunstable Hospital as the Lead Clinician for the Inflammatory Bowel Team, Small Bowel Capsule Enteroscopy Service, and Oesophageal Laboratory. I provide a specialist private and NHS gastroenterology service for Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire. Essentially covering those people that live within the catchment area of Harpenden, St. Albans, Tring, Hemel Hempstead, Luton, Leighton Buzzard, Hitchin, Bedford, Stevenage and Welwyn Garden City.
I am experienced in dealing with all general medicine and gastroenterology problems, but have a speciality interest in luminology (all conditions of the oesophagus, stomach, small bowel and large bowel).
I am a regional ACT (Advanced Constipation Treatment) Trainer, teaching other clinicians how best to manage IBS and Constipation.
Through my research and clinical practice I have developed considerable experience in dealing with difficult inflammatory bowel disease and have used a wide range of immunosuppressant and biological therapies. I now help co-ordinate the immunomodulator and biological services at the L&D and am presently developing new practice and patient self help protocols. If suitable we also offer our patients an efficient patient self management programme service, with a dedicated hotline to our IBD Nurse Specialist.
In 2010 I opened a new Oesophageal Laboratory with pH, Impedance and High Resolution Manometry facilities to assess difficult reflux and oesophageal dysmotility problems. I now overview this service and validate / report all studies performed. Outside of the teaching hospitals, the L+D is one of the first district general hospitals in UK to embrace this cutting edge technology and use it in routine gastroenterological management.
I have been performing capsule endoscopy for over 10 years now, but opened the Small Bowel Capsule Enteroscopy Service at the L&D back in 2010. We now offer the new High Resolution Capsules along with Colonic Capsules as an alternative to diagnostic colonoscopy.
Private patients have assess to these services through the Cobham Clinic within the Hospital.
Areas of interest
Cholangiocarcinoma (cancer of bile duct); Colonic polyps; Liver cancer; Gastrohepatology; Clinical physiology; Achalasia of the cardia; Oesophageal cancer; Capsule endoscopy; Bowel disease including inflammatory (IBD); Endoscopic procedures; Upper gastro-intestinal disease; Colonoscopy; Gastro-intestinal oncology; Gastro-oesophageal reflux; Nutrition; Incontinence (urine / faeces); Gastro-intestinal disease; Haemorrhoids ("piles"); Coloproctology; Endoscopy - lower GI; Coeliac disease (celiac disease / gluten sensitive enteropathy); Colitis; Crohn's disease; Dyspepsia (indigestion); Gastro-intestinal physiology; Colorectal (bowel) cancer; Gastro-intestinal pathology; Hepatology; Functional bowel disorders; Liver disease; Dysphagia; Gallstones; Cancer diagnosis; Gastro-intestinal endoscopy; Peptic ulcers; Endoscopy - therapeutic; Oesophagogastic cancer; Constipation; Interventional endoscopy; Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS); Colorectal disease (Lower GI); Colon cancer; Endoscopy - upper
- Leah McGrath
- Spire Harpenden Hospital Ambrose Lane Harpenden AL5 4BP
- 07889 219806
Anaesthetists worked with
- Dr Henrietta Hill Not Fee Assured
- Gastroenterology Unit at the L&D NHS Hospital
- Personal Spire Page for Matt W. Johnson
- Personal website for drmattwjohnson
Current NHS consultant posts held
Clinical Lead for IBD
Clinical Lead for Capsule Endoscopy
Clinical Lead for the Oesophageal Laboratory
Previously Clinical Lead for Gastroenterology
The Luton and Dunstable University / Associated FT Teaching Hospital
Gastroenterology Lead (as a MAC - Committee spokes-person) at Spire Harpenden Hospital
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Proctitis, Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn's disease, Microscopic colitis)
Principal Investigator at the L&D for:
BOSS – Barretts Oesophageal Surveillance Study
CHOPIN Study - Barretts Genetic Study
GoColitis – Golizumab Effectiveness Trial
Mentored / Co-Supervised 4 MD psychology students from the University of Hertfordshire.
Runners up Gastroenterology Team of the Year Awards ( British Medical Journal) 2014 + 2015
Winners of the 2014 SAGE (Shire Awards Gastroenterology Excellence)
BSG 2014 Winner of the Best Poster in Gastroenterology Service: Development, Delivery and IT
BSG 2013 - Best Oral Presentation in Health Informatics and Winner of a Poster of Distinction
ECCO 2013 - Best Nursing Poster Award
NHS EXPO 2013 - Nominated one of the Top 10 Digital Innovations
Abbvie Arena Innovation Award June 2013
(Additional) Languages spoken
- Persian (Farsi) - Fluent
The value of a specialist nurse in screening, identifying and guiding the management of concomitant psychological distress in patients with chronic inflammatory bowel disease.
BJN Feb/March 2014
Good Clinical Care: Diverticular Disease.
Foundation Years Journal. 2011: 5(8); 29–35.
Bacterial community diversity in cultures derived from healthy and inflamed ileal pouches after restorative procto-colectomy.
Inflamm Bowel Dis. 2009 Dec;15(12):1803-1811.
The medical management of patients with an ileal pouch anal anastomosis after restorative proctocolectomy.
EurJ Gastroenterol Hepatol.2009 Jan;21(1):9-17.
Coeliac disease in the elderly: A review
Nat Clin Pract Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2008 Dec;5(12):697-706.
Faecal M2-pyruvate kinase; a novel, non-invasive marker of ileal pouch inflammation.
Eur J Gastroenterol & Hepatol: May 2009; 21(5): 544-550
Faecal calprotectin: A non-invasive diagnostic tool and marker of severity in pouchitis.
Eur J Gastroentero Hepatol. 2008 March; 20(3): 174-179
11th International Symposium on Coeliac Disease: A report. Gastroenterology Today. Summer 2004; 14 (2): 46-7
Celiac disease: management of persistent symptoms in patients on a gluten-free diet.
World J Gastroenterol. 2012 Mar 28;18(12):1348-56.
Osteoporosis in patients over 50 years of age following restorative proctocolectomy for ulcerative colitis: is DXA screening warranted?
Inflamm Bowel Dis. 2010 Feb;16(2):250-5.
Hyperbaric oxygen as a treatment for malabsorption in a radiation damaged short bowel. EJoGH. June 2006; 18(6):685-688
Risk of dysplasia and adenocarcinoma following restorative procto-colectomy for ulcerative colitis.
Colorectal Disease. Manuscript ID: CDI-00256-2005.R1. 03/05/06
Presentation, diagnosis and management of inflammatory bowel disease in older people.
CME Geriatric Medicine, 2005; 7(3): 149-153
The pathogenesis of coeliac disease.
Molecular Aspects of Medicine, Dec 2005: 26 (6); 421-458
Clinical toxicity of HMW glutenin subunits of wheat to patients with celiac disease.
Proceedings of the 19th Meeting of the Working Group on the prolamin analysis and toxicity, 2004; III Symposium: 147-9
- BSc St. George's University, ULU 1992
- MB BS St. George's University 1995
- MRCP Royal College of Physicians, London 2000
- MD King's University 2009
- FRCP Royal College of Physicians, London 2014
Reference number 4232302
Professional bodies (positions held - last 3 yrs)
- National Lead for the Early Adopters of the new National IBD Registry British Society of Gastroenterology 2014
Details of entry to specialist register
- Royal College Of Physicians, 1995
Affiliations / memberships
Fellowship of the RCP
- Spire Harpenden Hospital Ambrose Lane...
- 18:00 - 20:00
- 07889 219806
- Spire Harpenden Hospital Ambrose Lane...
- 13:30 - 17:00
- 07889 219806
Post treatment communication
Following treatment of a Bupa member, I will communicate with GPs in line with Department of Health, GMC and appropriate professional bodies guidelines.
In the event of an urgent query following treatment, Bupa members should use the following contact details
Please phone 01582 763152 or 0800 585112 and ask switchboard for the duty on-call doctor