Professor Ala is an experienced Consultant in Hepatology and Gastroenterology. He has developed, managed and led the loco-regional Hepatology Service and the Viral Hepatitis Programme, recognised by the British Liver Trust to be a specialist centre.
He qualified from Charing Cross and Westminster Medical in 1992. Following medical posts at Westminster Hospital, Kings College and St Thomas’ Hospital, he undertook Gastroenterology training at Kings College Hospital and North Thames London. He underwent Hepatology training including liver transplant Hepatology at Kings College and Royal Free Hospital before undertaking a highly sought after Advanced Hepatology Fellowship at Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, USA focused on liver transplantation, rare liver diseases, viral hepatitis and translational liver research.
He has recognised expertise in the management of complicated Gastroenterology and Hepatology problems including liver transplant assessment, management of chronic liver disease and treatment of viral hepatitis, which have provided a robust clinical and research foundation on which he developed his practice as a Consultant.
He is the National Institute for Health and Research Regional Lead for Hepatology (Surrey and Sussex), member of the NICE Team in developing the 2013 Guidelines Hepatitis B management of adults and children. He has ongoing active collaborative links with the liver centres in the UK, Europe and USA, which has allowed him to develop and build his clinical and research portfolio, continuing to publish in high impact scientific journals. Professor Ala’s clinical and research experience was recognised by the award of the Royal College of Physicians Dame Sheila Sherlock Travelling Fellowship. He has the recipient of Welcome Trust Research Training Fellowship, National Gilead Fellowship in recognition of his community outreach research and viral hepatitis in high risk populations.