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Congratulations to our new officers!

Updated on: 04 Jun 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:

  • Vice President for Hepatology – Prof. John Dillon
  • Deputy Vice-President for Endoscopy – Dr. John Morris
  • Honorary Treasurer – Dr. Bev Oates
  • Research Committee Deputy Chair – Prof. Shaji (Seb) Sebastian
  • Education Chair – Prof. Reena Sidhu
  • Secretary – Prof. Helen Steed

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.


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!


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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