Professor Alexander Ford
Professor of gastroenterology and consultant gastroenterologist
MBChB, MD, FRCP
I am a consultant gastroenterologist at Spire Leeds and have been a consultant gastroenterologist at Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust for seven 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 6,000 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 first 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:
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MBChB / University of Leeds / 1997
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
MD / University of Leeds / 2006
FRCP / Royal College of Physicians, London / 2012
Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians
Professor of gastroenterology, Leeds University.
Consultant gastroenterologist, Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust.
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 while on my medical elective as a final year student.
In a four 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 one month. More recently I backpacked around Cambodia and Vietnam, spent two weeks exploring Japan, and one month travelling in the Malaysian peninsula and Malaysian Borneo. While a clinical fellow in Canada I toured the country extensively, visiting Québec, Ontario, Alberta, and British Columbia.
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