Dr Matthew Johnson
MSc, MBBS, MRCP, MD
I am dual qualified as a General Medical Physician and Gastroenterologist. I have worked as a Consultant at the Luton and a Dunstable NHS FT University Hospital for over 10 years and provide private specialist gastroenterology support and advice for the people of Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire through Spire Harpenden Hospital. I cover a range of general gastroenterological issues such as constipation, diarrhoea, bloating, abdominal pain, irritable bowel syndrome, food allergies and intolerances, acid reflux and indigestion (dyspepsia).
I have been the Clinical Lead for Gastroenterology at the L&D and at Spire Harpenden. I am a core member of both our local upper gastrointestinal and colorectal cancer multidisciplinary teams. Unlike general Gastroenterologists I also perform capsule enteroscopy and oesophageal manometry studies. I am fully competent in a range of diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopic procedures having completed >3,500 Upper Endoscopies (OGDs) and >3,000 colonoscopies, with one of the highest caecal completion rates of 98.5% in the UK, with good comfort scores (results published openly on the National Endoscopy Database).
I am the Lead Consultant in gastroenterology at the Luton and Dunstable Hospital, Bedfordshire. I am also committed to teaching and research. My private practice mirrors that of my NHS service, where I aim to provide high quality care with an open and friendly approach.
I offer my services at the Spire Harpenden Hospital in Hertfordshire as a General Medical Physician, Gastroenterologist and Endoscopist. I cover general gastroenterological issues such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), functional bowel disorders, food allergies and intolerances (eg Coeliac disease), acid reflux and indigestion (dyspepsia). Within my NHS practice I also run the oesophageal cancer stenting and am a core member of the colorectal cancer screening and MDT. My practice mirrors that of my NHS service, where I aim to provide high quality care with an open and friendly approach.
I graduated from St George’s Medical School, London in 1995. I underwent postgraduate medical training in the South East Thames region and am now dual accredited to practice general medicine and gastroenterology. I completed a Research Fellowship at St Mark’s and St Thomas’ which led to a Master’s degree in 2009 and several publications assessing the effects of bacteria and probiotics in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). I trained through Guy’s, Kings and St Thomas’ Hospital rotations, completing my MD research at St Mark’s.
I have research interests in Coeliac disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Capsule Endoscopy, oesophageal dysmotility (eg spasm), and non-invasive bowel investigations.
Some of the principal treatments carried out by Dr Matthew Johnson at Spire include:
Inflammatory bowel disease, Gastrointestinal pathology, Endoscopy, Coloproctocology, Colonoscopy, Bowel disease, oesophageal high resolution manometry.
Spire Harpenden Hospital is only able to provide Covid-19 tests to patients undergoing surgery at our hospital. Covid-19 testing or antibody tests are not available as a standalone service.
BSc / St Georges, London / 1993
Bachelor of Science in Medical Physiology
MBBS / St Georges/University of London / 1995
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery
FRCP / Royal College of Physicians, London / 2000
Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians
MD / Kings College, London / 2010
The Bacterial Pathogenesis of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (pouchitis)
Clinical lead for Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Luton and Dunstable NHS Hospital
Clinical lead for the capsule endoscopy unit, Luton and Dunstable Hospital
National lead for the early adopters of the inflammatory bowel disease registry (British Society of Gastroenterology)
General Physician and Lead Clinician in Gastroenterology, Luton and Dunstable Hospital, Bedfordshire
Outside of medicine most of my time is dedicated to my family. I also enjoy singing, playing the guitar and writing music. On more energetic days you might catch me cycling around the Chiltern hills. I live locally to the hospital and have just acquired an allotment, so spend a lot of time pulling weeds!