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.

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Nature of the work

Trained gastroenterologists develop and run endoscopy services for diagnostic, therapeutic and screening endoscopy.

All specialists are competent at upper gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy. Most will be trained in lower GI endoscopy (flexible sigmoidoscopy and colonoscopy). Some will have had additional training in hepatobiliary endoscopy (ERCP) or small bowel endoscopy (wireless capsule endoscopy or enteroscopy). Most will participate in acute gastroenterology admissions and manage a broad range of gastrointestinal disease, either in outpatients or following admission.

Gastroenterologists treat conditions such as:

Common procedures/interventions

These include:


The CCT sub-specialty is:

Many gastroenterologists develop sub-specialty interests such as:

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Other roles that may interest you

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