Consultant Profile

Dr Charles Lees

Dr Charles Lees FRCP(Ed.), PhD
Practicing at:
Spire Edinburgh Hospitals, Spire Murrayfield Edinburgh
  • Gastroenterology
    • Colonoscopy
    • Endoscopy
    • Inflammatory bowel disease
    • Irritable bowel syndrome
Special clinical interests:

Diagnostics, Inflammatory bowel disease, endoscopy, colonoscopy

Research interests:

In addition to his large clinical practice Dr Lees maintains a full portfolio of clinical and translational research. His major research focuses on the causes and consequences of the inflammatory bowel diseases – Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. After a decade characterising the genetics of IBD he is now running two major trials across the UK looking at the role of environmental factors and the gut microbiota (GEM and PREdiCCt). His research and clinical interests extend to many other aspects of gastroenterology including diagnostics and endoscopy.  Dr Lees has published over 50 academic papers in major academic journals and regularly lectures at major national and international conferences.

Current NHS and /or university posts:

Consultant Gastroenterologist, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh
Honorary Senior Lecturer, University of Edinburgh

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

European Crohn’s and Colitis Organisation (member of education committee)
British Society of Gastroenterology (member of IBD research committee)
Scottish Society of Gastroenterology (chair of IBD advisory group)
Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh

Contact Details 
Telephone number to make a private appointment:
0131 316 2530
Private secretary telephone number:
07429 184270
Shawfair: Tuesday afternoons 2pm-5pm
Background Information 
Professional profile:

Dr Charles Lees trained in medicine at University College London with subsequent specialist training in Edinburgh, with doctoral studies in the Satsangi lab. Dr Lees has a large NHS clinical practice covering all aspects of luminal gastroenterology and endoscopy. His particular clinical expertise is in diagnostics, as well as the management of the Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

In recognition of his clinical and research expertise he was awarded the prestigious European Rising Star in Gastroenterology Award in 2009.Dr Lees is a long-serving member of the European Crohn’s and Colitis Organisation (ECCO) Education Committee and run several major international clinical courses for consultants and trainees in gastroenterology. 

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Dr Charles Lees

Dr Charles Lees Gastroenterology Consultant, private hospital specialist.

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