Consultant Profile

Dr Jim Portal

Dr Jim Portal BSc(Hons), MBBS, MRCP, MD
Practicing at:
Spire Bristol Hospital
  • Gastroenterology
    • Bowel disease
    • Colonoscopy
    • Endoscopy
    • Gastrointestinal cancer
    • Liver disease
    • Pancreatology
Special clinical interests:

Liver transplant assessment, hepatobiliary disease and endoscopy, fatty liver disease, cirrhosis, autoimmune liver disease, adolescent liver disease. Metabolic and viral liver disease. Abnormal liver function.

Research interests:

Complications of cirrhosis, renal function in cirrhosis.

Current NHS and /or university posts:

Consultant Hepatologist and Gastroenterologist, University Hospital Bristol NHS Foundation Trust

Year of first medical qualification:
Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies:

British Association for the Study of the Liver (BASL)
European Association for the Study of  the Liver (EASL)
Member of Royal College of Physicians (MRCP)
South West Hepatology Network
British Medical Association

Contact Details 
Telephone number to make a private appointment:
0117 980 4057
Private secretary:
Rebecca Sheehy
Private secretary telephone number:
0117 980 4057
Private secretary email address:
Background Information 
Professional profile:

I specialise in general gastroenterology with specific interests in liver disease, hepatobiliary medicine and endoscopy, practising at University Hospital Bristol NHS Foundation Trust. I am a fully qualified trainer at the St George’s Hospital National Endoscopy Training School, London and regularly teach endoscopy there. I also have developed the new regional hepatobiliary SpyGlass endoscopy service and lead the Liver Transplant assessment service at University Hospital Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, working in conjunction with Liver Transplant centres in London. I also have a keen interest in adolescent hepatology and the management of ascites.
I spent 3 years of my training at the Kings College Hospital Liver Unit. My research interests include biomarkers of renal dysfunction and cirrhosis, as well as complications of cirrhosis.
I work hand in hand with my radiology, surgical and Histopathology colleagues to provide a truly multidisciplinary approach to patient care.

Personal profile:

I am married and have three small children. When allowed by the aforementioned family, I am a keen cyclist and can be found around the hills of North Somerset or South Gloucestershire (albeit briefly) at the weekend.

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Dr Jim Portal

Dr Jim Portal Gastroenterology Consultant, Bristol, private hospital specialist.

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