Dr Joseph O'Brien

Dr Joseph O'Brien

Consultant Gastroenterologist

Practising at

Spire Wellesley Hospital

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Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Dr Joseph O'Brien at Spire include:


Other treatments

Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio-Pancreatography (ERCP) including therapeutic stenting, stone removal.

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Professional profile

I trained in gastroenterology since 1982, working at the Royal London Hospital, St Marks Hospital and at the Queens Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. I moved to Southend in 1991 as Consultant Physician and Gastroenterologist.

My main clinical interests include luminal gastroenterology, diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy, inflammatory bowel disease and functional disorders. My MD thesis was 'Stress and the GI tract'

I have over 30 years experience in gastroenterology and endoscopy. I have performed over 20,000 upper GI Endoscopies, 10,000 Colonoscopies, 5,000 ERCP examinations in the NHS and private practice.

I am the Deputy Chairman of the Medical advisory Committee at Spire Wellesley Hospital and am the former Lead clinician at Southend University Hospital in Inflammatory Bowel Disease. I have been a member of the British Society of Gastroenterology since 1983 and regularly attend meetings. I have worked since 1996 as a medical expert for the Medical Protection Society. This involves medico-legal reports on gastroenterology, court appearances, GMC hearings and inquests.

I am involved as an Educational Supervisor of Registrars in GI who are training on rotation at Southend University Hospital. Additional responsibilities include teaching of medical students. I have written papers in the past for The Lancet, British Medical journal and GUT. I have also reviewed papers for The Lancet and GUT in gastroenterology.

I welcome appropriate patients wishing to refer and pay for treatment themselves without the need for a GP's letter of referral. Please call 01702 447 926 for more information.

Clinical Interests

Bowel disease
Gastrointestinal cancer
Gastrointestinal pathology
Inflammatory bowel disease
Liver disease
Motility disorder

Paediatric gastroenterology for 11-18 year olds.

Private contact details

Telephone Private appointments: 01702 447 921 Self-funding appointments and enquiries: 01702 447 926
Private secretary Lynne Richards
Private secretary telephone 01245 400 993
Private secretary fax 01245 400 764
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Qualification and professional memberships

MB BS / London Hospital Medical School / 1979
Basic medical qualification

BSc (1st class Hons) / University of London / 1979
Bachelor of Science

MD / London Hospital Medical School / 1979
Doctorate in Medicine

FRCP / London Hospital Medical School / 1979
Fellowship of Royal College of Physicians

FEBG / London Hospital Medical School / 1979
Fellow of the European Board of Gastroenterology

Professional memberships

British Medical Association
British Society of Gastroenterology

Professional leadership

Deputy Chairman of the Medical Advisory Committee at the Spire Wellesley Hospital
Former Parent Governor at Southend High School for Girls - February 2016
Expert witness for the Medical Protection Society

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Current NHS posts

Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

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Personal Profile

I grew up in North London and went to school in Finchley and moved to Southend to work in 1991. My spare time is spent with my wife, six children and grandchildren. I enjoy walking my dogs and have a lifelong interest in sport, and am a member of the local tennis and rugby clubs. I am an aspiring golfer with a lousy swing, no handicap but unlimited optimism.

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