Gastroenterologists are doctors who investigate, diagnose, treat and prevent all gastrointestinal (stomach and intestines) and hepatological (liver, gallbladder, biliary tree and pancreas) diseases.
This page provides useful information on the nature of the work, the common procedures/interventions, sub-specialties and other roles that may interest you.
Endoscopy services for diagnostic, therapeutic, and screening endoscopy are developed and operated by trained gastroenterologists.
Upper gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy is a skill that all specialists possess. The majority will receive training in lower GI endoscopy (flexible sigmoidoscopy and colonoscopy). Some will have had extra training in ERCP or small bowel endoscopy (wireless capsule endoscopy or enteroscopy).
Most will take part in acute gastroenterology admissions and treat a wide range of gastrointestinal disorders as outpatients or after admission.
Many gastroenterologists develop sub-specialty interests such as: