Dr Rob Willert

Dr Rob Willert

Consultant Gastroenterologist

BSc (Hons), MBChB (Hons), PhD, FRCP

Specialises in

  • Heartburn/indigestion/Barrett’s oesophagus
  • Bowel cancer screening
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Abdominal pain investigation

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I was appointed as a Consultant Gastroenterologist at Manchester Royal Infirmary in 2008 after completing my specialist medical training in 2006. Initially I completed a joint physiology/pharmacology degree with first class honours in 1993 and qualified in medicine with honours in 1996. I subsequently completed a PhD in gastrointestinal pharmacology in 2004 and in 2006 was awarded an international research fellowship in Perth, Western Australia. Here I was trained in complex inflammatory bowel disease management as well as advanced endoscopic procedures including endoscopic ultrasound, endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR), HALO radiofrequency ablation and double balloon enteroscopy for which I provide a north west regional service.

I specialise in the management of patients with digestive disorders of the luminal gastrointestinal tract (oesophagus, stomach, small bowel and colon) including the diagnosis and management of heartburn (gastro oesophageal reflux disease), indigestion (dyspepsia), abdominal pain, diarrhoea and constipation and inflammatory bowel disease as well as the investigation and nutritional management of weight loss. I have specialist expertise in the endoscopic diagnosis and endoscopic therapy of heartburn and Barrett’s oesophagus and provide BRAVO wireless pH assessment for oesophageal reflux and endoscopic mucosal resection and HALO radiofrequency ablation therapy for Barrett’s (as a tertiary service for Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Cheshire).

I am also a nationally accredited expert bowel cancer screening colonoscopist and provide a weekly regional screening colonoscopy and advanced polypectomy / EMR service for patients across the conurbation. My caecal intubation rates are over 98% with a complication rate of <0.2% and my performance figures are externally audited annually. I am also a national expert in double balloon enteroscopy for the management of small bowel disorders and provide a regional service for patients needing endoscopic ultrasound and fine needle aspiration as well as being an endoscopy trainer for the regions junior doctors.

In addition, given my BSc and PhD background I have a specialist interest in the pharmacological management of all gastrointestinal disorders including both simple and complex inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, gastro-oesophageal reflux and constipation.

I have published original research widely and continue to do so and am a national speaker on gastrointestinal disorders. I am a board member of the upper gastrointestinal committee for Manchester Cancer and an Editorial Board member of Crohns and Colitis UK.

I also have ongoing clinical research studies in Barrett’s oesophagus and inflammatory bowel disease and hold an honorary senior lecturer position at the University of Manchester as well as being a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, London.


General Medical Council Number: C4303453

Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Dr Rob Willert at Spire include:


Other treatments

  • Bowel cancer screening
  • Enteroscopy
  • Sigmoidoscopy

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Additional information

Inflammatory bowel disease

Special clinical interests: Barrett’s Oesophagus (diagnosis and treatments including HALO RFA and EMR), Acid reflux, Irritable bowel syndrome, Coeliac disease, Peptic ulcers, Colon cancer screening, Diagnostic & therapeutic endoscopy (including gastroscopy, sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy, EUS, and double balloon enteroscopy).

BSc / University of Manchester / 1993
Bachelor of Science - Physiology/Pharmacology (First Class Honours)

MBChB (Honors) / University of Manchester / 1996
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery

PhD / University of Manchester / 2004
Doctor of Philosophy

FRCP / Royal College of Physicians / 2009
Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians

Professional memberships

British Society of Gastroenterology

American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

European Crohns and Colitis Organisation

Professional leadership

Lead Colonoscopist, National Bowel Cancer Screening Programme - Manchester, Trafford, Tameside, Stockport region
Lead regional endoscopy trainer on speciality training committee for registrars
Oesophago-Gastric Cancer Endoscopy lead on Greater Manchester Cancer Network Board
Editorial Board Member of Crohns and Colitis UK

Consultant Gastroenterologist, Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Honorary Senior Lecturer.

I enjoy cycling, scuba diving and rugby union (now just watching as a long suffering season ticket holder for Sale Sharks).

Telephone 0161 732 0310
Website http://www.manchestergastrospecialists.com
Private secretary Emma Massoules
Private secretary telephone 0161 732 0310
Private secretary email emma@precisionpa.co.uk