Dr Stephen Middleton

Dr Stephen Middleton

Consultant Gastroenterologist

Practising at

Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital

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Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Dr Stephen Middleton at Spire include:


Other treatments

Wireless Capsule motility study (SMART Pill), Wireless oesophageal pH study (BRAVO study) Glucose and Lactose Hydrogen breath test, Ano-rectal Biofeedback (bowel retraining) and physiology

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Professional profile

I am a consultant Gastroenterologist at Addenbrooke’s, University of Cambridge Teaching Hospital. I was appointed to this position in 1995 and am currently the senior Gastroenterologist in a unit of 8 consultants. I have extensive clinical experience in general medicine as well as gastroenterology and continue an active research programme which is important to stay at the leading edge of developments.

My specialist areas of particular interest include IBS, Constipation, Colitis, Crohn's, Indigestion and swallowing disorders. I have over 20 years experience in conducting therapeutic colonoscopy, endoscopy and inpatient gastroenterology. I am the clinical lead of the gastroenterology physiology unit which I founded in 1997 and now provides a regional service for oesophageal manometry and ambulatory pH studies to investigate swallowing problems and indigestion. I am the clinical lead of the Cambridge service for irritable bowel syndrome. The service uses dietary treatment as the primary mode of treatment. An audit of a 1000 patients and the dietary treatment was found to be successful in over 70%. I have recently described a new syndrome of rapid gastric emptying and reactive hypoglycaemia (low blood sugars) and have introduced a new test (The SMART PILL) which is swallowed and wirelessly transmits pressure, temperature and pH from the entire GI tract representing a quantum leap forward in technology.

During the last 25 years, I have performed over 10,000 colonoscopies, over 20,000 gastroscopies, have undertaken between 4 and 5 gastroenterology outpatient clinics per week and have nearly 20 years experience with oesophageal physiology studies. Over this period in Cambridge I have established and developed an IBS service, upper GI cancer service, therapeutic gastroscopy service, oesophageal physiology service, and been the medical advisor for the local Crohn's and Colitis Association. I have also been the lead physician for the intestinal transplant service for 20 years, which has kept me up to date with the most difficult gastroenterological conditions.

I am also an associate clinical lecturer and senior research fellow at Cambridge University and Honorary Professor of Gastroenterology at Plymouth University Peninsular School of Medicine.

Clinical Interests

Bowel disease
Gastrointestinal cancer
Inflammatory bowel disease
Motility disorder

Private contact details

Telephone 01223 266990
Private secretary Mrs Helen Middleton
Private secretary telephone 01767 677810
Private secretary fax 01767 677810
Private secretary email
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Qualification and professional memberships

Professional memberships

BMA - British medical association
RCP - Royal college of physicians
British Society of Gastroenterology
Small intestinal Transplantation Association
British Association for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition

Professional leadership

Lead clinician for IBS at Addenbrooke's Cambridge University teaching Hospital
Lead physician for Intestinal Transplantation at Addenbrooke's Cambridge University teaching Hospital
Lead clinician for gastrointestinal motility at Addenbrooke's Cambridge University teaching Hospital
Co-chair of national adult intestinal transplantation forum

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Current NHS posts

Consultant Gastroenterologist, Addenbrooke's Hospital NHS Trust, Cambridge.

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Personal Profile

Out of work, for physical exercise I enjoy hill walking in the UK and abroad, skiing, sailing and swimming.  I also enjoy chess, history, navigation, music and theatre.

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