Dr Charles Lees

Consultant Gastroenterologist


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I trained in medicine at University College London with subsequent specialist training in Edinburgh, with doctoral studies in the Satsangi lab. I have a large NHS clinical practice covering all aspects of luminal gastroenterology and endoscopy.

My particular clinical expertise is in diagnostics, as well as the management of the Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. In recognition of my clinical and research expertise I was awarded the prestigious European Rising Star in Gastroenterology Award in 2009. I am a long-serving member of the European Crohn's and Colitis Organisation (ECCO) Education Committee and run several major international clinical courses for consultants and trainees in gastroenterology. I work in Spire Shawfair Park's endoscopy suite which holds JAG accreditation.


Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Dr Charles Lees at Spire include:


Other treatments

  • Gastroenterology
  • Endoscopy
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Ulcerative colitis

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Additional information

Clinical interests

Inflammatory bowel disease

Special Clinical Interests: Diagnostics

Research and publications

In addition to my large clinical practice I maintain a full portfolio of clinical and translational research. My major research focuses on the causes and consequences of the inflammatory bowel diseases – Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. After a decade characterising the genetics of IBD I am now running two major trials across the UK looking at the role of environmental factors and the gut microbiota (GEM and PREdiCCt). My research and clinical interests extend to many other aspects of gastroenterology including diagnostics and endoscopy. I have published over 50 academic papers in major academic journals and regularly lectures at major national and international conferences.

Current NHS posts

Consultant Gastroenterologist, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh
Honorary Senior Lecturer, University of Edinburgh

Contact information

Telephone 0131 334 0363
Private secretary 0742 918 4270