Dr Imran Patanwala

Consultant Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist & Honorary Clinical Lecturer

MBBS, MD (UK), Dip in Org Trans. (ESOT), FRCP (UK)


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I trained in gastroenterology and hepatology in the North East of England and have been a Consultant Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital since 2012. I obtained my basic medical qualifications in India and received the Pfizer Gold Medal in Medicine at graduation. I spent three years in the Liver Transplant Unit at the Freeman Hospital and was awarded one of 60 scholarships in Europe to attend the prestigious Hesperis Course in Organ Transplantation organised by the European Society of Organ Transplantation.

I lead the fatty liver and autoimmune liver service at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital, which is the tertiary referral centre for Mersey and North Wales and at the Spire manage all presentations of gastroenterological disease which range from providing consultations for tummy discomfort, reflux, diarrhoea, constipation and diseases of the liver and gallbladder. I provide a high quality upper and lower gastrointestinal endoscopy service in the Royal – both diagnostic and therapeutic, including complex portal hypertension endoscopy. I have a passion for collaborative working and innovation and have set up the virtual liver service at the Royal Liverpool Hospital intervention.

My clinical and research interests include autoimmune and fatty liver disease, complications of portal hypertension and liver transplantation. I have published highly cited research in peer reviewed journals on autoimmune cholestatic liver disease, portal hypertension and hepatocellular cancer risk in NAFLD. I have contributed to two text books in hepatology. I was a BBSRC funded clinical research fellow exploring the role of the liver in the bio-transformation of folic acid, an important dietary vitamin, at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. Results of this research have significant implications for folate supplementation of food in the UK.

I am a current member of the BSG National cholestatic liver disease guideline development group and a member of a national portal hypertension interest group.

I have a keen interest in medical education and am also the current Regional Advisor for the Royal College of Physicians, London for the Mersey region and Honorary Lecturer at the University of Liverpool.

I specialise in gastroenterology with a specific interest in hepatology and I am JAG accredited for diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy. I am a member of the BSG / National cholestatic guidelines development group and education lead for the directorate of gastroenterology. In addition to my clinical work I am also proud to be a Honorary Lecturer at the University of Liverpool.

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Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Dr Imran Patanwala at Spire include:

Gastroenterology

Other treatments

  • Hepatology

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Clinical interests

Colonoscopy
Endoscopy
Gastrointestinal
Gastroenterology
Liver disease
Obesity

Qualification and professional memberships

MBBS / Bengaluru, India / 2000
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery

MRCP / Royal College of Physicians, United Kingdom / 2004
Membership of the Royal College of Physicians

Dip in Org Trans. (ESOT) / European Society of Organ Transplant / 2012
Hesperis Diploma in Organ Transplantation

CCT / Post Graduate Institute of Medicine and Dentistry, Newcastle upon Tyne / 2012
Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training

MD in Hepatology / University of Newcastle Upon Tyne / 2015
Doctor of Medicine

FRCP / Royal College of Physicians, United Kingdom / 2016
Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians


Professional memberships

British Association for the Study of the Liver (BASL)

European Association for Study of the Liver (EASL)

British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG)

American Association for the study of the Liver (AASLD)


Professional leadership

Education Lead (Royal Liverpool Hospital)
Lead for Autoimmune, Fatty Liver Disease and Peri Transplant Services (Royal Liverpool Hospital)
Virtual Liver Service Lead (Royal Liverpool Hospital)
Regional Adviser, Royal College of Physicians, London (Mersey Region)

Personal profile

I love spending time with my family and being “Daddy’s Taxi Service” keeps me quite busy outside of work. I love reading Indian fiction and would thoroughly recommend Sacred Games by Vikram Chandra and The White Tiger by Arvind Adiga. I love playing on the Xbox when I can sneak some time on the television for myself.

Contact information

Telephone 0151 522 1881
Email i.patanwala@nhs.net
Private secretary Ms Lauren Ryan
Private secretary telephone 0151 522 1810
Private secretary email Lauren.ryan@spirehealthcare.com