Professor Qasim Aziz

Professor 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 Barts and The London in December 2006 where he is Professor of Neurogastroenterology and director of the Wingate Institute of Neurogastroenterology.

Professor Aziz has pioneered the use of neurophysiological techniques to study human brain gut interactions in health and disease. His PhD work 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. He 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 has served as the chairman of the Neurogastroenterology section of the British Society of Gastroenterology and is currently a member of the executive committee of the European Society of Neurogastroenterology and Motility and helps to promote education in Neurogastroenterology across Europe through his role as a member of the education committee of the United European Gastroenterology Federation. He is also a member of the ROME III Committee which publishes the criteria for the diagnosis of functional gastrointestinal disorders and has co-authored the British Society of Gastroenterology guidelines for the management of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. He has published his research extensively in peer reviewed journals.

Professor’s Aziz has expertise in the management of patients with a wide range of Neurogastroenterological problems. These include patients with functional gastrointestinal disorders (e.g. non cardiac chest pain, dyspepsia and irritable bowel syndrome), motility (movement) disorders of the gut, unexplained gastrointestinal pain and those with secondary GI involvement of systemic disease such as diabetes, neurological and rheumatological conditions etc. Professor Aziz also has an interest in gastrointestinal problems associated with Joint Hypermobility Syndrome a condition associated with flexible joints.

Patients referred to his clinic have access to state of the art neurogastroenterology and motility investigations, where standard motility assessments are complimented by novel neurophysiological and autonomic function investigations. He works with a multidisciplinary team consisting of dieticians, psychologists, psychiatrists and pain management specialists.