Dr Jim Portal

Consultant Hepatologist and Gastroenterologist
BSc (Hons), MBBS, MRCP, MD

Practising at

Spire Bristol Hospital

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Treatment information

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

Other treatments


  • Bowel disease
  • Colonoscopy
  • Endoscopy
  • Gastrointestinal cancer
  • Liver disease
  • Pancreatology

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Professional profile

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 also have 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 Kings 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.

Clinical Interests

Liver disease
Gastrointestinal cancer
Bowel disease

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.

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Qualification and professional memberships

Professional memberships

British Association for the Study of the Liver (BASL).
European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL).
Member of Royal College of Physicians (MRCP).
South West Hepatology Network.
British Medical Association.

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Current NHS posts

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

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Personal Profile

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.

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Private contact details

Private secretary Becky Loveday
Private secretary telephone 0117 980 4042
Private secretary email