Dr Andrew Godkin
Consultant Gastroenterologist, Hepatologist and General Physician
MA, MBBChir, MD, FRCP
I was appointed as a consultant gastroenterologist and hepatologist in 2001 to the University Hospital of Wales. I have broad experience and expertise in luminal gastroenterology, hepatology, and endoscopy (ERCP, colonoscopy, OGD) and am competent in the diagnosis and management of a broad range of diseases. I have a specialist interest in complex liver disease including the treatment of viral hepatitis and portal hypertension.
I have performed over 5,000 endoscopies, including OGD, colonoscopy and ERCP. I have performed approximately 1,000 liver biopsies.
Since working in Cardiff, I have developed a liver service to complement the gastroenterology, and have maintained and expanded a broad range of medical and endoscopic skills. Complementing my clinical practise, I have developed an active research group in the School of Medicine (see below), focusing largely on colorectal cancer.
After completing my medical training from Cambridge University and various London teaching hospitals, I went to the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford in the 1990s to work for Prof Derek Jewell, one of the world’s leading luminal gastroenterologist. I returned to London to Imperial College and spent my final three years on the liver unit at St Mary’s with Prof Howard Thomas, a hepatologists with a keen interest in viral hepatitis. Hence my training prior to arriving in Cardiff was in both gastroenterology and hepatology.
I have successfully supervised 4 PhD student, 1 MD student, 2 post-docs, 1 MSc Student, 4 summer students and currently have 3 PhD students. I am also an Invited speaker to other leading academic Institutions e.g. Imperial College, Oxford University; and to international meetings e.g.British Society for Immunology(BSI); International cancer vaccines meetings. Additionally, I am the Trust Research and Development (R&D) lead for medicine (since 2006). This involves reviewing and vetting grants from the Cardiff and Vale UHB. I was elected in 2015 Programmes Committee for British Society of Immunology for 3 year term term. I will now have direct influence on both content and selected speakers for the annual meetings.
I review grants continually for the Wellcome Trust, Medical Research Council, and Cancer Research UK. As part of the public engagement of science I made BBC television and radio shows promoting our work and public awareness of disease. I lectured in 2011 for Cardiff University Science in Health Public Lecture "Self Inflicted Liver Disease" and taught in local primary school Pwll Coch on “Human Bodies and Bones”; so making my target audience from 6 to 106 years old!
Some of the principal treatments carried out by Dr Andrew Godkin at Spire include:
BA / Cambridge University / 1985
Bachelor of Arts
MA / Cambridge University / 1988
Master of the Arts
MBBChir / Cambridge University / 1988
Bachelor of Medicine; Bachelor of Surgery
MRCP / London Royal College of Physicians / 1992
Member of the Royal College of Physicians
MD / Cambridge University / 2000
Doctor of Medicine
FRCP / London Royal College of Physicians / 2002
Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians
I review manuscripts for high profile journals including Nature Biotechnology, Hepatology, Gastroenterology, Gut, Journal of Immunology, and Clinical and Experimental Immunology(CEI); recently completed term on the editorial board of CEI.
In addition to my clinical work, I am a Principle Investigator within Cardiff University running a research group in the School of Medicine with 4 PhD students and 2 post-doctoral scientists. A key aim of our research is to design vaccines against cancer, concentrating currently on colorectal cancer. We also have an active interest in understanding how the immune system functions in the context of several other diseases including infections such as viral hepatitis. Below are listed some key papers I have published recently.
Professor in the Division of Infection and Immunity, School of Medicine, Cardiff University
Honorary Consultant Physician, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff