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Dr Brian Saunders


Consultant Gastroenterologist and Endoscopist

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Special/Research Interests

Gastrointestinal endoscopy
Colorectal cancer - prevention and detection,
Inflammatory bowel disease

Current NHS and/or University post(s)

Consultant Gastroenterologist and Endoscopistat St Mark’s Hospital

Professional and Personal profile

Dr. Brian Saunders is a specialist gastrointestinal endoscopist and luminal gastroenterologist. His main clinical interests are the diagnosis and prevention of intestinal diseases through endoscopy (colonoscopy, gastroscopy, capsule enteroscopy, push enteroscopy). He has performed >12,000 colonoscopies and has a particular interest in therapeutic endoscopy including polypectomy, endoscopic mucosal resection, stenting, stricture dilatation and thermal ablation of bleeding lesions. Much of his work also involves the endoscopic screening, surveillance and cancer prevention of those patients at increased risk of developing colorectal cancer

Dr. Saunders was appointed to the consultant staff at St. Mark's Hospital in 1997 and became Chief of Endoscopy in 2003. In the same year he led the successful St. Mark's bid (£1.1,000,000) to become a National Endoscopy Training Centre and he chairs a National workgroup looking at quality assurance and performance assessment for colonoscopy. As Director of the Kennedy-Leigh Academic Endoscopy Unit at St. Mark's he supervises a team of 12 research clinicians working on new techniques to improve the management of gastrointestinal diseases through the use of flexible endoscopes. In 2005 became Dean of the Academic Institute at St. Mark's Hospital and is responsible for post-graduate education within the hospital and for the organisation each year of the St. Mark's Frontiers in Intestinal Diseases Course, a major international congress on luminal gastroenterology and coloproctology.

Dr. Saunders qualified from University College Hospital in 1988 and was trained in general medicine and then gastroenterology and endoscopy in London and Melbourne Australia. He achieved MRCP in 1991 (FRCP 2002) and was awarded an MD from the University of London in 1996 for his work into "making colonoscopy easier" which formed the basis of his award for the Hopkin's Endoscopy prize from the British Society of Gastroenterology in 1996. He has authored more than 80 scientific papers, written 13 book chapters and has given more than 100 invited lectures or live demonstrations of Endoscopy throughout the World. In 2002 he gave the Foundation lecture at the British Society of Gastroenterology on "therapeutic colonoscopy" and was the J Edward Berk lecturer at the American College of Gastroenterology in 2004. He is an International Committee Member of the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and Research Committee member of the European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. In 2005 he was guest editor of the journal North American Clinics of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.

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