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Professor Qasim Aziz

Professor Qasim Aziz

Special Interests:

Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (e.g. Irritable Bowel Syndrome); Gastrooesophageal Reflux Disease, Motility Disorders; Gastrointestinal involvement in Neurological (e.g. Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson/s Disease), Rheumatological (e.g. Ehler Danlos Syndrome and Scleroderma) and endocrine disorder (e.g. Diabetes)

Address: 

The Princess Grace Hospital, Outpatients Department, 47 Nottingham Place, W1U 5LZ

Email 

secretary@neurogastro.co.uk

Phone 

+44 (0) 20 7034 5017

Website 

www.gastroenterologycentre.co.uk/qasim_aziz.php

Biography

Professor Qasim Aziz completed his early medical training and also obtained his PhD in Manchester and subsequently held the posts of lecturer, senior lecturer and professor of gastroenterology at the University of Manchester between 1994 and 2006. He moved to Bart's and The London in December 2006 where he is Director of the Wingate Institute of Neurogastroenterology.

Professor Aziz specializes in managing Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome and regularly receives tertiary referrals for patients with severe and intractable symptoms. He also specializes in seeing patients with gut motility disorders such as Chronic Intestinal Psuedo-obstruction and Achalasia. As a neurogastroenterologist his interests extend to management of abdominal symptoms in neurological disorders including autonomic neuropathy, rheumatological disorders and endocrine disorders.

Professor Aziz has extensive research portfolio. He has pioneered the use of neurophysiological techniques to study human brain gut interactions in health and disease. His research contributed to the identification of the brain representation of human swallowing muscles and also he also undertaken seminal work which has helped to identify the human brain centres involved in processing gastrointestinal pain and how these are affected by injury to gut nerves as well as by stress and other psychological factors. His research has explored many neurophysiological aspects of conditions such as Non-Cardiac Chest Pain and Non-erosive reflux disease and abdominal pain in a variety of conditions including Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

More recently Professor Aziz has conducted pioneering research assessing the link between connective tissue disorders such as Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and gastrointestinal symptoms and has published some key papers on this subject.  

Professor Aziz was awarded the Sir Francis Avery Jones Research Gold Medal by the British Society of Gastroenterology in 1998 and the Janssen Award for Basic and Clinical Research by the American Gastroenterology Association in 2000. He is on the editorial board of numerous prestigious international journals and has published approx 150 articles in peer reviewed journals. He is currently an executive committee member (previous chairman) of the British Society of Gastroenterology, Neurogastroenterology Section. He was co-chair for the International Society for the Study of Pain’s global year campaign in visceral (abdominal) pain.  He has served on the executive committee of the European Society for Neurogastroenterology and Motility and was a member of the Education Committee of the United European Gastroenterology Federation. He is a trustee of the IBS Network and is on the ROME Committee for the establishment of criteria for diagnosis of functional oesophageal disorders. He is widely recognized as one of the world leaders in Neurogastroenterology.