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Dr Andy Douds qualified from St Thomas's Hospital Medical School in London in 1986. He undertook his gastroenterology training on the South West Thames registrar training scheme based at St George's Hospital in London. This is where he undertook his higher degree investigating immune mechanisms in alcoholic liver disease. This led to his MD along with numerous publications and presentations at national and international meetings He was then appointed senior registrar in gastroenterology in Birmingham where he worked at City Hopsital and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital liver unit. He was appointed consultant in gastoenterology at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Kings Lynn in 1998 where he developed GI and liver services as clinical lead. He was associate MD for medical education. In 2020 he was appointed consultant gastroenterologist at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital Foundation NHS Trust. He has a strong interest in medical education and training. He developed a large CMT simulation programme in EOE and was chair of the Eastern regional gastroenterology training committee. He has been a longstanding member of the BSG and served on numerous committees. He is currently deputy chair of the BSG CSSC and national quality improvement lead. He is previous guidelines editor for GUT and was responsible for overseeing BSG guidelines and their re-accreditation with NICE.