Consultant Profiles

  • Prof Martin Lombard
  • Dr Sanchoy Sarkar
  • Dr Paul O’Toole
  • Dr Howard Smart
  • Prof Chris Probert 
  • Dr Tony Ellis
  • Professor Tony Morris
  • Professor Martin Lombard MB, BCh, BAO, MD, MSc, FRCPI, FRCP

    Position within Directorate
    Consultant Hepatologist & Gastroenterologist
    Interim Clinical Director Gastroenterology

    Professor Martin Lombard (MD, MSc, FRCP) qualified from University College Dublin in 1980 and trained in Medicine and Gastroenterology in Dublin and in Hepatology at Kings College Hospital in London before taking up a consultant and senior lecturer appointment in 1990 in Liverpool where he is currently a Consultant Hepatologist and Gastroenterologist at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital.  He has held positions of  Clinical Director of Gastroenterology in two University hospitals over 10 years and Regional Training Programme Director for Gastroenterology for 10 years, Chairman of the British Society of Gastroenterology Training Committee for 3 years, Chairman regional cancer network for 4 years and in 2010 was appointed the first National Clinical Director for Liver Disease at the Department of Health.  He has pioneered pancreato-biliary EUS in the UK and has been involved in measuring and setting national performance standards in ERCP through the British Society of Gastroenterology. He is Chairman of the regional cancer network group for liver and pancreas.  He has an extensive publication record in Liver and HPB disorders.

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    Dr Sanchoy Sarkar BSc (hons), MBchB, Ph.D, FRCP

    Sanchoy Sarker Position within Directorate
    Consultant Gastroenterologist with major interest in Advanced Endoscopy, Upper GI Diseases and Hepatico-Biliary-Pancreatic Medicine
    Deputy Programme Director of Gastroenterology for Merseyside & Cheshire

    Dr Sarkar’s is currently the departmental lead for endoscopic services. One of his key roles include endoscopy training within the department and also regionally within the Mersey School of Endoscopy. He is also the audit lead for the department and a core member of the regional upper GI cancer MDT. His endoscopic interests include Bowel Cancer Screening, EMR, ERCP & EUS

    Dr Sarkar graduated in Medicine from Manchester University in 1993 after intercalating with a BSc in Physiology. During his medical training he attained a Ph.D in pain mechanisms, oesophageal physiology and noncardiac chest pain from Manchester University. After completing his training scheme, he took up an Endoscopy Fellowship at the Royal Liverpool. He was appointed as a Consultant Gastroenterologist at University Hospitals Aintree in April 2004 before moving to the Royal Liverpool University Hospitals as a Consultant Gastroenterologist and Endoscopist in January 2009. His current role includes supervising continuing improvements in quality, safety and patient experience in endoscopy and a major role as an endoscopy trainer. Dr Sarkar has the licence to perform colonoscopy on the Bowel Cancers Screening Programme for Merseyside and Cheshire. He is currently the Deputy Progamme Director for Gastroenterology Training in Merseyside and Cheshire and his specialist interests include liver disease, interventional endoscopy including colonoscopy, ERCP & EUS. Dr Sarkar’s research interests include Endoscopy outcomes and quality, noncardiac chest pain and oesophageal pain mechanisms.

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    Dr Paul O’Toole FRCP, B.M;B.Ch, M.A. (Oxon), D.T.M.H

    Paul O'Toole Position within Directorate
    Consultant Gastroenterologist & Advanced Endoscopist
    Director of Mersey School of Endoscopy

    After graduating from Oxford University in 1985, Dr Paul O’Toole undertook his general professional training in Oxford, Bristol and Nottingham. He moved to Liverpool in 1993 to take up a research post, studying mechanisms of gastric mucosal protection. After a further 2 years as Senior Registrar in Liverpool, he was appointed Consultant at University Hospital Aintree in 1997. He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in 2001.

    His areas of special interest include enteral nutrition, advanced therapeutic colonoscopy and endoscopy training. He has contributed to several books and BSG guidelines on enteral tube feeding and is Lead Colonoscopist for the Merseyside and North Cheshire Bowel Cancer Screening Programme.
    In 2009 he moved to a Consultant post at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital and became Director of Endoscopy Training at the Mersey School of Endoscopy.

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    Dr Howard L Smart MB BS, DM, MRCP, FRCP

    Howard Smart

    Consultant Gastroenterologist

    Position within Directorate
    Consultant Gastroenterologist – Upper GI and Hepato-biliary-pancreatic service
    Lead Clinician – Upper GI Cancer
    Core member - Hepato-biliary-pancreatic MDT
    Lead Clinician – Nutrition
    Director of Upper GI Therapeutic Endoscopy and ERCP training courses, National Endoscopy Training Centre, Mersey School of Endoscopy

    Description of role
    Dr Smart is a member of the Upper GI and Hepato-biliary-pancreatic service. His main inpatient service is for jaundice, liver disease and upper GI cancer. Dr Smart holds a weekly upper GI clinic, seeing patients with benign and malignant disease and attends a joint liver clinic with Hepatology colleagues. He inputs into the upper GI cancer and hepato-biliary-pancreatic MDTs and provides advice to the Nutrition Team on Enteral feeding.  Dr Smart has a major commitment to endoscopy training in the gastroenterology unit and the National Endoscopy Training Centre.

    Dr Smart qualified from St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical College in 1979 and after junior posts in London and Shrewsbury, trained in Gastroenterology in Nottingham and Sheffield. He was awarded his DM in 1987 from the University of Nottingham for a thesis on oesophageal and autonomic function in the irritable bowel syndrome. Dr Smart was appointed as Consultant Gastroenterologist in Liverpool in 1991. His special interest is in therapeutic endoscopy in the treatment of upper GI cancer and pancreatico-biliary disease.

    Dr Smart has been a visiting clinician at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore and MUSC in Charleston, USA, learning advanced endoscopic techniques.

    He has played a major role in endoscopy training both locally and nationally, producing a web-based lesion recognition programme for gastroenterology trainees. He has published over 75 papers and editorials in peer-reviewed and other journals. Dr Smart acts as North West SHA representative for the British Society of Gastroenterology.

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    Prof Chris Probert MD FRCP FHEA

    Position within Directorate
    Honorary Consultant Gastroenterologist

    Description of role
    Major interest in inflammatory bowel disease


    Prof Probert graduated from University of Birmingham in 1985 and undertook clinical training in the East Midlands, then the South West. He obtained his MD in 1993 for the study of the epidemiology of inflammatory bowel disease in South Asian migrants and later undertook a BDF (now CORE) funded research fellowship at Harvard for 2 years, with Prof Rick Blumberg, studying the mucosal immunology of inflammatory bowel disease. He was appointed to the post of Senior Lecturer, Reader, then Professor at University of Bristol and was clinical lead for inflammatory bowel diseases at University Hospital Bristol NHS Foundation Trust.


    He has a major research interest in the study of volatile organic compounds for disease diagnosis and leads laboratory research in mucosal immunology and fibrosis in inflammatory bowel disease.


    He is National Secretary for CCUK (NACC), National Medical Advisor to IA (UK) and sits on several BSG committees.


    He was appointed to Professor of Gastroenterology at University of Liverpool, in 2011.

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    Professor Tony Morris  B.Sc(Hons), M.Sc., M.B., Ch.B., M.D.,M.R.C.P.(UK), F.R.C.P. (Lond), F.Z.S

    Tony Morris

    Consultant Gastroenterologist

    Position within Directorate
    Clinical Director 1995-2002. Director of Endoscopy Training and Director of National Endoscopy Training Centre 2004-2009. Founder and Director  Mersey School of Endoscopy 2001-2009. Lead, Oesophago-Gastric Cancer MDT 2001-8

    I was appointed as Senior Lecturer &Consultant in 1979 at Walton Hospital, moving to the Royal in 1985 ( NHS appointmen).

    As a hollow organ gastroenterologist since the late 80’s I have concentrated on the development of therapeutic endoscopy and on endoscopy training.

    I have introduced laser & argon beam therapy, palliative oesophageal stenting, small bowel enteroscopy, capsule & balloon enteroscopy and endoscopic ultrasound. I recently initiated  acquisition of radio-frequency ablation equipment for  Barrett’s dysplastic mucosa.

    I am an accredited Bowel Cancer Screening colonoscopist and an assessesor in the accreditation programme.

    I have held several posts in the British Society of Gastroenterology, Vice President (Endoscopy) 1995-1997, President in Waiting, President Elect  and President( 2004-7). I was Chairman of JAG from 1999-2004.

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    Dr Tony Ellis MB ChB. MD. FRCP

    Tony Ellis Position within Directorate:
    Consultant Gastroenterologist (Luminal gastroenterology)

    Qualified in Liverpool (1971) and has been a Consultant Gastroenterologist since 1983 initially at Broadgreen Hospital and from 1997 at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital.

    He subspecialises in luminal gastroenterology and is particularly interested in inflammatory bowel disease and celiac disease and he has an interest in gastrointestinal genetics being instrumental in setting up the hereditary bowel, gastric and oesophageal cancer services in Liverpool.

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    Professor Mark Pritchard BSc Hons, MBChB (Hons), PhD, FRCP

    Mark Pritchard Professor of Gastroenterology

    Position within Directorate
    Honorary Consultant Gastroenterologist

    Description Of Role
    I perform research into factors which affect the development of tumours in the stomach and colon at the University of Liverpool. My clinical work involves performing outpatient clinics and endoscopy in luminal gastroenterology. I have a special interest in neuroendocrine (carcinoid) tumours of the gut, especially those arising in the stomach and duodenum. I am a member of the Liverpool Neuroendocrine Tumour multidisciplinary team.

    Prof Mark Pritchard qualified in 1991 at Manchester University and undertook training in general medicine and gastroenterology initially in the North West region. He obtained a PhD at Manchester University (1999) funded by fellowships from CORE and MRC. Following this he moved to Liverpool University and RLBUHT, initially as a clinical lecturer (2000) and subsequently as a Wellcome Trust Advanced Clinical Fellow/honorary Consultant Gastroenterologist (2002), Senior Lecturer (2006) and Professor (2009).

    He won the Sir Francis Avery Jones research medal of the British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG) in 2008 for his work.

    His main research interest involves studying factors which affect the development of stomach and bowel tumours and his main clinical interest is the management of patients with neuroendocrine (carcinoid) tumours of the GI tract. 

    He is secretary of the gastroduodenal committee and a member of the research committee of the BSG.

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    Dr Paul Richardson MBBS MRCP

    Paul Richardson Position within Directorate
    Consultant Hepatologist

    Dr Richardson qualified from the university of Newcastle upon Tyne in 1990. He has worked in 3 of the UK’s 7 designated liver transplant units. He was a clinical research fellow at the King’s College Hospital Liver Unit and the University of Minnesota.

    Prior to appointment at Royal Liverpool University Hospital in March 2009 he was a consultant hepatologist at Luton and Dunstable NHS trust with an honorary contract at Addenbook’s NHS Trust Liver Unit Cambridge for 3 years.

    Dr Richardson’s key areas of interest is the management of patients with chronic liver disease with particular relevance to patients with complications secondary to cirrhosis.
    Endoscopic interests centre around the management of portal hypertension.
    Specific interests include: chronic viral liver disease, alcohol related liver disease and hepatocellular carcinoma.

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    Professor Jonathan Rhodes MD FRCP FMedSci

    Jonathan Rhodes Professor of Medicine and Consultant Gastroenterologist

    Position within Directorate
    Honorary Consultant Gastroenterologist

    Description Of Role
    Luminal gastroenterology with particular interest in inflammatory bowel disease.

    Trained Camb Univ/ St Thomas’ Hosp Med School, MB 1973; postgrad training Royal Free Hospital and Queen Elizabeth and Selly Oak Hospitals, Birmingham. Elected Fellow Academy of Medical Sciences 1999. President-elect, British Society of Gastroenterology. Associate Editor Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics.  Ed. Board Member, J Colitis and Crohn’s (current);British Journal of Nutrition (past), Gut (past); Member International Organisation for Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Medical Advisor Nationl Assocn Colitis and Crohn’s.  Past Council member, Royal College of Physicians. Francis Avery Jones Research Medallist, Brits Soc Gastro 1989. Bengt Ihre Research Medal Swedish Medical Association 2005. Research interests in epithelial glycobiology, role of bacteria in IBD and colon cancer, novel therapies for IBD. 

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    Dr Melita Gordon BA, BM, BCh, MA, MRCP, DTM&H, MD

    Melita Gordon

    Senior Clinical Lecturer in Gastroenterology

    Position within Directorate
    Honorary Consultant Gastroenterologist

    Description of Role
    My clinical practice includes a luminal gastroenterology clinic, colonoscopy and in-patient work. I represent the Directorate on the Clostridium Difficile steering group and the Alcohol Services Multidisciplinary Group. I have a particular interest in gastrointestinal infections and tropical gastroenterology, and am involved in a Health Link supporting endoscopy in Africa.

    Dr Gordon completed undergraduate training in the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford in 1990. Her General Medical training was in Oxford and Belfast, and as a Medical Officer in Zambia. Her Specialist training in Gastroenterology commenced in Sheffield. From  1997-1999 she was appointed Clinical Lecturer in Malawi, and from 2000-2005 she held a Wellcome Trust Fellowship in Clinical Tropical Medicine, researching Invasive Salmonellosis in HIV in Malawi. She completed her specialist training in Liverpool as Clinical Lecturer, and was awarded a HEFCE Senior Clinical Lecturer post in 2008.

    Her research interest is in invasive gastrointestinal infections and HIV. She is assistant editor of Tropical Doctor, and is on the Board of the Liverpool Wellcome Trust Tropical Centre.

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    Professor Sir Ian Gilmore MD, PRCP

    Ian Gilmore President
    Royal College of Physicians

    Professor Ian Gilmore is the President of the Royal College of Physicians.  He is a Consultant Physician and Gastroenterologist at the Royal Liverpool University Hospitals and Honorary Professor at the Department of Medicine, University of Liverpool.  His specialty interest is liver disease.

    Professor Gilmore was previously Registrar of the College and a member of Council.  He chaired a Working Party in 2001, producing the report Alcohol – can the NHS afford it?  A blueprint for a coherent alcohol strategy.  Professor Gilmore continues to chair the Alcohol Committee and now also chairs the Alcohol Health Alliance in which relevant agencies work together in a coherent and focussed framework.  He is Chair of the European Alcohol and Health Forum Science Group and is a member of the Climate and Health Council.

    He is currently a Commissioner for Sir Michael Marmot’s review of the social determinants of health in this country.  He has lectured extensively overseas and has had particularly fruitful clinical and research collaborations with American colleagues.  He continues to undertake some clinical work.

    Professor Gilmore is married with three children.

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    Dr Neil Haslam MB ChB, MRCP

    Dr Neil Haslam, Consultant Gastroenterologist Position within Directorate
    Consultant Gastroenterologist with major interest in Advanced Endoscopy, Endoscopic teaching and service improvement.

    North West SHA Endoscopy Lead.




    Dr Haslam graduated in Medicine from Manchester University in 1988.  After completing General Medical Training in the Manchester region, he moved to the South West working in Bristol and Gloucester.  There he developed an interest in Endoscopy training, helping Cheltenham establish a regional training centre and in Service Improvement under Dr Valori.  Dr Haslam was appointed as a Consultant Gastroenterologist in 2000 at Fairfield General Hospital.  He was appointed SHA Lead for the SHA in 2004 and moved to the Royal Liverpool University Hospitals in 2009.  He has helped oversee the implementation of the Bowel Cancer Screening programme throughout Greater Manchester and is a certified Bowel Cancer Screening Colonoscopist.

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    Dr Sreedhar Subramanian, MD, MRCP

    Dr Sreedhar Subramanian, Consultant Gastroenterologist Position within Directorate
    Consultant Gastroenterologist.

    Description of role
    Major interest in IBD, including clinical trials and clinical research in IBD. Sub-specialty interest in Colonoscopy.

    Dr Subramanian qualified from JIPMER, Pondicherry, India. He trained in Lincolnshire, New Zealand and Liverpool. He was a Research Fellow at the University of Liverpool investigating the role of bacteria in IBD. The research was funded by National Association for Colitis and Crohn’s Disease. After completing his training, he took up an advanced fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard University, Boston for a year. During this period, he gained experience in the management of complex IBD patients as well as conducting clinical and scientific research in IBD. He was appointed as a Consultant Gastroenterologist in October 2009. His main interests include IBD, Colonoscopy and clinical research in IBD.

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