The Gastroenterologists (Medical Doctors)
Dr Ailsa Hart leads the IBD service and we are fortunate to have a large team of gastroenterologists:
Dr Ayesha Akbar, Dr Naila Arebi, Dr Chris Fraser, Dr Simon Gabe, Dr Adam Haycock , Dr Meron Jacyna, Dr Jeremy Nightingale, Dr Sharon O’Brien (Central Middlesex), Dr Max Pitcher, Professor Brian Saunders, Dr Amar Sharif (Central Middlesex), Dr David Sherman (Central Middlesex), Dr Siwan Thomas-Gibson.
Our paediatric IBD service is growing and Dr Warren Hyer (Consultant Paediatrician) continues to expand the service in conjunction with the Paediatric unit at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. Dr Hyer works closely with Dr Hart, Dr Akbar and the IBD Specialist nursing team in dedicated adolescent clinics where the young patients can be assisted in a seamless transfer to adult services.
The Colorectal Surgeons
Mr Janindra Warusavitarne leads the surgical IBD services with his consultant colleagues:
Mr Stephen Chadwick, Professor Sue Clark, Mr Ian Jenkins, Professor Robin Kennedy, Mr Peter McDonald, Professor John Northover, Professor Robin Philips and Miss Carolynne Vaizey.
Our surgeons are highly experienced in performing operations using keyhole surgery techniques and have developed an Enhanced Recovery Programme. In addition to this, they also perform open surgery when appropriate.
We understand that contemplating surgery can be a daunting time. When surgery is first discussed you will be advised to have a consultation with one of our highly experienced surgeons. The purpose of this appointment is to ensure that you have a clear understanding of the surgical options that may be available to you. This is also an ideal time to have any questions you may have answered.
IBD Specialist Nurse
Marian O’Connor leads the IBD Nursing team with Tracey Tyrrell and Hannah Middleton, both IBD Specialist Nurses.
Marian O'Connor was awarded GI Nurse of the Year 2012, to read the full story click here.
Evi Kyriakidou is the dedicated IBD Dietitian for the department. There is also a large nutrition and dietetics team within the Trust. They are available (by referral) to offer support, guidance and information regarding nutritional aspects of your disease. Your doctor or nurse may discuss dietetic support with you and will make a referral to a member of the team if they think it appropriate.
The stoma and pouch clinical nurse specialist team is led by Angela Vuhnovish, based at St Mark's and Northwick Park Hospital.
Psychological Medicine Unit (PMU)
The St Mark’s Hospital PMU is headed by Dr Yorum Inspector (Consultant Psychiatrist), with Dr Esther Serrano-Ikkos and Ms Megan Virtue (Psychologists) as his consultant colleagues.