Dr Maxton Pitcher

MA MD (Cantab), BMBCh (Oxon), FRCP

Consultant Physician and Gastroenterologist


Max was awarded his BA degree in Medical Sciences at University of Cambridge in 1985 and continued his postgraduate medical studies at The John Radcliffe Hospital, University of Oxford, before qualifying as a Doctor in 1988. He trained at Guy’s Hospital, London, The Radcliffe Hospitals, Oxford and Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, where he was Medical Registrar. 

He was granted a National Association for Colitis and Crohn’s disease (NACC) Research award in 1993 to join the Medical Research Council Dunn Clinical Nutrition Centre, Cambridge. His MD Thesis entitled “Sulphate-reducing bacteria, sulphur metabolism and ulcerative colitis” was commended in 1996 by the University of Cambridge. 

He was Senior Registrar in Gastroenterology at The John Radcliffe Hospital until 1998 when he was appointed as Consultant Gastroenterologist and Physician at St Mark’s and Northwick Hospitals, Harrow. He was elected as Chairman of Medicine at St Mark’s by his peers in 2007 and was appointed Chairman of the Medical Advisory Committee at The Clementine Churchill Hospital in 2010 for five years. 

Max’s “extralumenal” interests include travel, golf, SCUBA diving and playing the violin for fifty years. He is an active member of chamber ensembles and orchestras in his native Hertfordshire, London and the South-East, including Concertmaster of the European Doctors Orchestra.


Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s Disease
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
Indigestion and heartburn
Suspected stomach and colon cancer
Jaundice (yellowing of the skin)
Undiagnosed abdominal pain and diarrhoea

Recent publications

Clinical Guide to Gastroenterology Electronic book text by YangQuan Chen and  Maxton Pitcher  Publication date 23 Oct 2017, Publisher John Wiley & Sons Inc, Imprint Wiley-Blackwell  Publication City/Country United States, Edition statement 1st edition,  ISBN13 9781119189213

The UK_PBC risk scores: Derivation and validation of a scoring system for long-term prediction of end-stage liver disease in primary biliary cholangitis. Carbone M et al and the UK-PBC Consortium. Hepatology 2016;63(3):930-50

Improving the management of spontaneous bacterial peritonitis in cirrhotic patients: assessment of an intervention in trainee doctors TM Rawson, S Bouri, C Allen, J Ferreira-Martins, A Yusuf, N Stafford, M Pitcher, M Jacyna. Clinical Medicine 2015;15(5) :426-30

Professional memberships

General Medical Council 

British Society of Gastroenterology

European Crohn’s and Colitis Organisation (ECCO) 

London Consultants' Association 

Royal College of Physicians 

Founder Member of North Thames Health Ltd (Company Registration No. 05291251)

Director of Harrow Gastro Ltd (Company Registration No.7191958) 


I am registered with all major insurers and am fee-assured with BUPA, AXA PPP and Aviva.

A 30-minute new outpatient appointment is charged at £250.

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 JLT Underwriters at Lloyd’s, London (Certificate No: B0868PUSHC1700014)


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