Dr Jim Portal

Consultant Hepatologist and Gastroenterologist

BSc (Hons), MBBS, MRCP, MD

Specialises in

  • Liver disease
  • Bowel disease
  • Acid reflux
  • Weight loss and change in bowel habit
  • All endoscopic procedures

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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 have also 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 three years of my training at the King's 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.


General Medical Council Number: C4436113

Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Dr Jim Portal at Spire include:


Other treatments

  • Bowel disease
  • Endoscopy
  • Gastrointestinal cancer
  • Pancreatology

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Additional information

Liver disease
Gastrointestinal cancer
Bowel disease

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.

Consultant Hepatologist and Gastroenterologist, University Hospital Bristol NHS Foundation Trust.

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.

Website http://www.drjimportal.co.uk
Private secretary Liz Hodsdon
Private secretary telephone 01454 615278
Private secretary email lizhodsdon@gmail.com