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Professor Alexander Ford

Professor Alexander Ford

Professor of gastroenterology and consultant gastroenterologist
MBChB MD FRCP

"I enjoy the opportunity of working at Spire Leeds as the staff are friendly, helpful and attentive and it allows me to operate an independent practice for patients based on best evidence."

Practising at

Spire Leeds Hospital

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Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Professor Alexander Ford at Spire include:

Gastroenterology

Other treatments

Sigmoidoscopy

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Professional profile

I have been a consultant gastroenterologist at Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust for 7 years. I am also a professor of gastroenterology at the University of Leeds, with a research interest in functional bowel disorders, such as irritable bowel syndrome, and have published more than 250 peer -reviewed articles in scientific journals. This gives me a thorough grounding in how to manage these common disorders using an up-to-date and evidence-based approach.

I have specialist accreditation in gastroenterology, with extensive experience in the investigation and management of irritable bowel syndrome, dyspepsia, gastro-oesophageal reflux disease, Barrett’s oesophagus, peptic ulcer disease, coeliac disease, chronic constipation, and inflammatory bowel disease. I perform both diagnostic and therapeutic upper and lower gastrointestinal endoscopy. I have performed more than 6000 endoscopies and colonoscopies in both my NHS and private practice.

In addition to my clinical work, I am also a professor of gastroenterology at the University of Leeds. I supervise two PhD and MD fellows in my academic time, and organise 1st year medical student teaching in Gastroenterology. I am handling editor for Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics, a scientific journal in the field of Gastroenterology. I am also secretary of the neurogastroenterology section of the British Society of Gastroenterology. I have previously been a member of two National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidelines groups, for the management of Crohn's disease, and dyspepsia and gastro-oesophageal reflux disease.

In 2013 I was elected as a fellow of the Rome Foundation, the organisation dedicated to improving the lives of people with functional gastrointestinal disorders, such as irritable bowel syndrome. This was in recognition of the significant contribution my research has made to the mission of the organisation.

Much of my research has been used to inform, and modify, guidelines for clinical practice on both a national and international level. Specific examples include:

• My MD thesis was used to inform the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidelines for the management of dyspepsia in adults in primary care and, as a result, I was acknowledged as a contributor to them.

• My systematic reviews and meta-analyses of various therapies for irritable bowel syndrome, which were commissioned by the American College of Gastroenterology in order to inform their recently updated monograph on the management of the condition. I was the lead author on the task force document, which was published in The American Journal of Gastroenterology in 2014.


Clinical Interests

Gastroenterology
Bowel disease
Colonoscopy
Endoscopy
Inflammatory bowel disease
Motility disorder
Gastrointestinal

I have a special clinical interest in irritable bowel syndrome, dyspepsia, gastro-oesophageal reflux disease, Barrett’s oesophagus, peptic ulcer disease, coeliac disease and chronic constipation.

Private contact details

Telephone 0113 218 5908/9
Private secretary Julie Mackintosh
Private secretary telephone 07776 223270
Private secretary fax 0113 253 6865
Private secretary email juliemackintosh1@hotmail.co.uk

Journals

Handling editor, Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics
International editorial board, American Journal of Gastroenterology
International editorial board, Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Peer reviewer, New England Journal of Medicine
Peer reviewer, the Lancet
Peer reviewer, Journal of the American Medical Association
Peer reviewer, British Medical Journal

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Qualification and professional memberships

MBChB / University of Leeds / 1997
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery

MD / University of Leeds / 2006
Medical Doctor

FRCP / Royal College of Physicians, London / 2012
Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians


Professional memberships

Royal College of Physicians
British Society of Gastroenterology
American Gastroenterological Association
Medical Protection Society
The Rome Foundation


Professional leadership

Secretary, Neurogastroenterology Section of the British Society of Gastroenterology

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Current NHS posts

Professor of gastroenterology, Leeds University
Consultant gastroenterologist, Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust

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Personal Profile

I am married, and live in Leeds.

I enjoy reading literature, listening to music and have a passion for travelling, ever since I explored South Africa extensively whilst on my medical elective as a final year student.

In a 4-month break between jobs in 1998 I took the opportunity to visit Chile, Peru, Argentina, Australia, and Hong Kong. During my time as a research fellow, I travelled around the South Island of New Zealand for 1 month. More recently I backpacked around Cambodia and Vietnam, spent 2 weeks exploring Japan, and 1 month travelling in the Malaysian peninsula and Malaysian Borneo. Whilst a clinical fellow in Canada I toured the country extensively, visiting Québec, Ontario, Alberta, and British Columbia.

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