Professor Alexander Ford

Professor Alexander Ford

Professor of gastroenterology and consultant gastroenterologist


Specialises in

  • General gastroenterology
  • Reflux problems
  • Anaemia
  • Change in bowel habit
  • Constipation, diarrhoea and irritable bowel syndrome

I am a consultant gastroenterologist at Spire Leeds and have been a consultant gastroenterologist at Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust for thirteen years. 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.

I have a research interest in functional bowel disorders, such as irritable bowel syndrome, and have published more than 450 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.

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 conduct clinical trials 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.


General Medical Council Number: C4422514

Treatment information

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


Other treatments

  • Sigmoidoscopy

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Additional information

Bowel disease
Inflammatory bowel disease
Motility disorder

Special clinical interests: 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.

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

  • Peer reviewer, New England Journal of Medicine
  • Peer reviewer, the Lancet
  • Peer reviewer, Journal of the American Medical Association
  • Peer reviewer, British Medical Journal
  • International editorial board, Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
  • International editorial board, American Journal of Gastroenterology

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


Handling editor, Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics

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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