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Congratulations to our new officers!

Updated on: 26 Jul 2021   First published on 17 May 2021

We are delighted to welcome our new officers taking up various roles within the BSG! We will be posting about new officers on this page as they are announced, read more about each of them below.

Latest BSG officer appointments:

  • Deputy Chair Education Committee – Prof. Anjan Dhar
  • Vice President for Hepatology – Prof. John Dillon
  • Mentoring Lead – Dr. Anita Gibbons
  • Deputy Vice-President for Endoscopy – Dr. John Morris
  • Honorary Treasurer – Dr. Bev Oates
  • Deputy Chair Training – Dr. Simon Panter
  • Research Committee Deputy Chair – Prof. Shaji (Seb) Sebastian
  • Education Chair – Prof. Reena Sidhu
  • Secretary – Prof. Helen Steed

Deputy Chair Education Committee - Prof. Anjan Dhar

Prof Anjan DharAnjan is Professor of Medicine at Teesside University and Consultant Gastroenterologist at Darlington Memorial and Bishop Auckland Hospitals in County Durham. He has been a Consultant for 20 years, following training in India, Oxford, and UCL London, in IBD and Endoscopy. His research interests are in Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Oesophageal diseases, Barrett’s oesophagus, and advanced therapeutic endoscopy. He is a National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Clinician Investigator and has been involved in over 20 national and international clinical GI trials at County Durham. He holds a tenured Chair in Medicine at the School of Health and Life Sciences at Teesside University for education and clinical research. Previously, he was a faculty of the School of Medicine and Health at Durham University. He has been a Section member of the BSG Oesophageal Section, the IBD Clinical Research Group, and the IBD Section and Co- Chair of the Question Writing Group for the MRCP (UK) Specialist Certificate Examination since 2017.

The County Durham & Darlington GI Research Group has been one of the most active GI Research Units in a Foundation Trust environment in the North East of England, with clinical trials in IBD, Oesophageal Diseases, and Endoscopy, and has been awarded with the BMJ Best Clinical Research Commendation in 2012 for the PLACIDE Study.

Anjan is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, American Gastroenterology Association Fellow, and a life member of the Indian Society of Gastroenterology. He is a recipient of the British Society of Gastroenterology Advanced Endoscopy travelling fellowship to Charleston (2008) and Tokyo (2010). He is an elected member of the Oesophageal Section and the Clinical Research Group for IBD at the British Society of Gastroenterology. He is the current Chair of the Eosinophilic Oesophagitis Guideline Group of the BSG and was appointed as the Deputy Chair of the Education Committee of the BSG in 2021, for a 4 year tenure.

He has over 80 publications in peer reviewed journals.


Vice President for Hepatology – Prof. John Dillon

Prof. John Dillon is Professor of Hepatology and Gastroenterology and a principle investigator, in the Division of Molecular and Clinical Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Dundee, based at Ninewells hospital, Dundee. He is also a Consultant Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist with NHS Tayside, delivering a busy general hepatology service and a research group. He graduated in medicine from St Georges Hospital Medical School, University of London, and subsequently gained his MD based on research performed in the University of Edinburgh while a lecturer in Gastroenterology and Hepatology, where he also completed his higher specialist training.

His award winning research interests included; new pathways of care for patients with abnormal LFTs, for people infected with HCV, new therapies for HCV infection, as well as novel diagnostics and treatments for NAFLD. His research activities stretch from the bench to the bedside and out into the community. He has published over 200 peer reviewed original research papers. He chairs the Scottish HCV Action Plan Clinical Leads Group. He was President of the Scottish Society of Gastroenterology and previously led the development group of the UK consensus guidelines for HCV, and has also chaired the Hepatitis C SIGN guideline development group. He chaired the SHAAP group that produced the recent “Alcohol-related liver disease: guidance for good practice” documents. He has delivered over 200 international lectures on liver disease.


Mentoring Lead – Dr. Anita Gibbons

Anita GibbonsDr. Anita Gibbons works as a Consultant Gastroenterologist at Hinchingbrooke Hospital, North West Anglia Foundation Trust, with a special interest in hollow organ gastroenterology. She is the lead clinician for upper GI cancer and previous Chair of the Eastern Region Network Cancer Group (NCG) for upper GI cancer. After graduating from Imperial College London, she trained in London, completing a Doctorate in Medicine as a Wellcome Training Fellow at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School, Hammersmith.

Anita is heavily involved in the education of undergraduate students at the School of Clinical Medicine, University of Cambridge, through her roles as the Regional Clinical Sub-Dean for Hinchingbrooke Hospital, and as the Year 6 (final year) clinical course coordinator at the Clinical School. In light of this, she has completed a Masters in Medical Education at the University of Cambridge. Anita now teaches on the Postgraduate Certificate and the Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Education courses at the Institute of Continuing Education, University of Cambridge.

She was previously the Royal College Tutor for medicine at Hinchingbrooke. With colleagues, Anita developed and delivered a Health Education East of England (HEEoE) approved training course for educational and clinical supervisors in the region. She is the less-than-full-time consultant lead for gastroenterology for HEEoE.


Endoscopy Deputy Vice-President – Dr. John Morris

Dr Allan John MorrisDr. John Morris is a Consultant Gastroenterologist at Glasgow Royal Infirmary. In his current post, he is Gastroenterology Specialty Advisor and service redesign lead for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board. He was previously Clinical Director for Digestive Diseases and Visiting Associate Professor of Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina, USA . He is Past President of the Scottish Society of Gastroenterology.

Dr. Morris has a strong clinical commitment in luminal Gastroenterology, in particular, therapeutic endoscopy. He has made significant contributions to endoscopy education, quality improvement, novel service delivery, and research.

He is director of the West of Scotland Regional Endoscopy Training Centre
and has been an active member of the British Society of Gastroenterology and European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Committees. He has delivered several National and International Live Endoscopy Workshops on behalf of these organisations, and delivered lectures and demonstrations at many of the national gastroenterology societies meetings and live endoscopy workshops around the world .


Honorary Treasurer – Dr. Bev Oates

Dr Bev OatesDr. Bev Oates qualified from Birmingham University in 1993 and undertook her Specialist Registrar training in Mersey Region, including completing a Doctorate of Medicine at Liverpool University. She has been a Consultant Physician & Gastroenterologist at Wirral University Teaching Hospital since 2003 and has been Clinical Service Lead for Gastro and Endoscopy at WUTH.

Dr. Oates was Training Programme Director for Gastro in Mersey for 11 years and National Recruitment Lead for Gastro for 10 years. She is Chair of the BSG Training Committee and is on the Gastro SAC, BSG Exec, BSG Council, and JAG national committees. In 2015, she was named as the HSJ Clinical Leader of the Year in recognition of her national, regional, and local leadership achievements.

Dr. Oates is passionate about high quality patient care and became the National Clinical Lead for Gastro on the Getting it Right First Time (GIRFT) programme in 2017. In her spare time, she has been a trustee at Wirral Hospice for 9 years and Deputy Chair of the board of trustees there for 6 years. She is an avid Manchester United fan but has to keep that quiet working in Merseyside!


Deputy Chair Training – Dr. Simon Panter

Dr. Simon PanterDr. Simon Panter is a Consultant Gastroenterologist and Director of Medical Education at South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust.

He has a keen interest in training and is faculty on the Lumley Castle capsule endoscopy course and led the development of the certification pathway for capsule endoscopy. He is co-course director of the international trans-nasal endoscopy training course. In addition, he is a JAG assessor and sits on the JAG training committee.

He was previously gastroenterology training programme director and was Deputy Head of School of Medicine for Health Education England north east. He was secretary of the BSG Small Bowel and Nutrition committee and past chair of the UK capsule endoscopy users’ group. He was RCP regional advisor and previously on the Council of the RCP of Edinburgh.


Research Committee Deputy Chair – Prof. Shaji (Seb) Sebastian

Professor Sebastian (Seb) is the lead clinician at the IBD unit in Hull University Teaching Hospitals, Hull. He leads an integrated IBD Unit (IBD HULL) of clinical and research staff, which prides itself in personalised care models for IBD patients. IBD Hull has gained recognition as one of the most research active IBD units in the UK and collaborates in a number of multicentre national and international IBD studies.

He is chief investigator in three ongoing multicentre studies. The current research areas are in acute severe colitis, perianal Crohn`s disease, Inception cohort studies, and pharmaco-epidemiology. He has over 200 peer-reviewed publications focussing on IBD (H- index 38, i10 index 67). He was awarded the NIHR Royal College of Physicians research award for outstanding contribution to research in 2016, and BAME researcher of the year award in 2019 .He has been co-author for a number of European Colitis and Crohn`s Organisation (ECCO) guidelines and workshops in various aspects of IBD.

He is currently in the CLINICOM and CONFER Task Force committees of ECCO, co-leads the Y&H NIHR LCRN gastroenterology speciality, and is a current member of IBD CRG, the IBD section and International committee, lead of the IBD subgroup of BSG AI task force, and past chair of the Adolescent and Young People Section of the BSG.


Education Chair – Prof. Reena Sidhu

Prof. Reena Sidhu is a Consultant Gastroenterologist and a Honorary Professor with the University of Sheffield where her main area of interest is the small bowel. She is currently the lead for the tertiary double balloon enteroscopy service at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals and co-runs one of the biggest Capsule Endoscopy services in Europe. Both of these services are established regional services which have won national awards.

Prof. Sidhu also runs an international capsule endoscopy course for doctors and directs a national advanced nurse course on capsule endoscopy. She carries out clinical research related to the small bowel and continues to publish actively in this field with >100 publications. She has research fellows under her banner and is regularly invited to speak at national and international meetings.

She has led a European wide curriculum for Device Assisted Enteroscopy for the ESGE and is in the process of formalising the same for the UK. She has also been involved in formalising accreditation for capsule endoscopy in the UK. She was awarded the Hopkins Endoscopy Prize by the BSG in 2012, and is the first female gastroenterologist to have ever won this.

She is the first author of the British Society of Gastroenterology guidelines on capsule endoscopy and enteroscopy, published in 2008, and is also a co-author on the 2015 ESGE guidelines on small bowel endoscopy. She led and is the first author of the BSG & RCoA Position Statement on the use of Propofol sedation for complex endoscopy in the UK and is currently leading a BSGE Guideline on Sedation in gastrointestinal endoscopy.

Prof. Sidhu was appointed as the BSG Education Web Editor and has curated an entirely new platform for e-learning for gastroenterology in the UK, and has recently been appointed as the new BSG Education Chair.


Secretary – Prof. Helen Steed

Helen SteedProfessor Steed MBChB, MD, FRCP (Gastro)(Lon) graduated from the University of Dundee and undertook postgraduate training in Dundee, Glasgow, and the West Midlands before taking up a consultant gastroenterologist position at the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust in 2014. Since that time she has held clinical lead roles in nutrition and IBD, and continues to have specialist interest in both areas and ERCP.

Prof. Steed is also Clinical Tutor and Less Than Full Time Champion for the trust and regional Training Programme Director for HEE for faculty development in medicine. She is a former BSG IBD committee member (2018-2021) working closely with Crohn’s and Colitis UK, and current BSG Food and Function Research Group Chair working with Guts UK as they undertake a James Lind Alliance priority setting partnership in irritable bowel syndrome. Prof. Steed was a recipient of a West Midlands Clinical Research Network Award before taking up a position at the University of Wolverhampton in 2019.


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