Dr Ayesha Akbar

MBChB (Hons), FRCP, PhD

Consultant Gastroenterologist


Ayesha Akbar is a consultant gastroenterologist at St Mark's Hospital which is an internationally recognised centre of excellence for gastrointestinal disorders. She is the Research and Development (R&D) Director for her Trust and a Fellow of the Royal college of Physicians. 

Her broad experience covers general gastroenterology and she has a special interest in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and functional GI disorders including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Her research work at Imperial College London gained her a PhD entitled “Molecular mechanisms of visceral hypersensitivity in the colon.” She has published her research in peer reviewed journals and presented her work at national and international meetings. 

She is frequently invited to lecture both on IBD and IBS nationally and internationally, and to contribute to advisory boards as a key opinion leader. Ayesha studied medicine at the University of Manchester and was awarded an Honours degree. 

She has an outstanding academic record graduating top of her class and gaining several distinctions and honours along with prestigious prizes. Her postgraduate training was across several major teaching hospitals in London including Hammersmith Hospital, University College Hospital London and Royal London hospital. 

Ayesha was elected chair of the NGM committee of the British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG) in 2015 and in this role she is actively involved in education and training. Other key leadership roles chair of the LNC for her trust and Director of the Psychological Medicine Unit at St Mark’s Hospital. Ayesha is passionate about patient care and was nominated a “HEART Ambassador” for her trust as she always puts patients at the centre of all she does.


Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
Functional bowel disorders including IBS
Clinical leadership

Recent publications

Ahmad OF, Akbar A.
Microbiome, antibiotics and irritable bowel syndrome.
Br Med Bull. 2016 Dec;120(1):91-99. Review.

Dignass A, Akbar A, et al. Safety and Efficacy of Granulocyte/Monocyte Apheresis in Steroid-Dependent Active Ulcerative Colitis with Insufficient Response or Intolerance to Immunosuppressants and/or Biologics [the ART Trial]: 12-week Interim Results. J Crohns Colitis. 2016 Jul;10(7):812-20

Akbar A, Dalrymple J Medical management of chronic idiopathic constipation. MIMS online learning June 2016

Ahmad OF, Akbar A . Dietary treatment of irritable bowel syndrome. Br Med Bull. 2015, Jan 19.

Ahmad OF, Akbar A. Ileo-anal pouches and associated complications. British Journal of Hospital Medicine 2014 75:Sup3, C45-C48

Professional memberships


I am registered with all major insurers and am fee assured.

A 30-minute new outpatient appointment is charged at £300.

A follow up appointment is charged at £180.

Longer appointments for complex cases or second opinions are available.

I have full medical & professional indemnity with MPS. Certificate No: 398687


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