Consultant Gastroenterologist Prof. Alisa Hart is Director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Unit at St Mark’s Hospital. While patients can be seen at Northwick Park and Central Middlesex hospitals, the IBD unit is predominantly based at St Mark’s. The unit is a renowned worldwide specialist service, which attracts both national and international referrals. Prof. Hart leads the IBD team, Mr Janindra Warusavitarne is lead colorectal surgeon and Madhoor Ramdeen leads the IBD Clinical Nurse Specialist team.
The service has a multidisciplinary approach to patient care; with a team consisting of gastroenterologists, colorectal surgeons, IBD specialist nurses, psychologists/psychiatrists, pharmacists and dieticians. There is a weekly IBD multidisciplinary meeting (MDM) where the team discuss complex cases to discuss patients on biological treatments. Paediatric gastroenterologist Dr Warren Hyer holds a monthly joint transition clinic for young people with IBD.
The IBD clinical nurse specialist team, led by Madhoor Ramdeen, offer a telephone advice line, nurse-led clinics (for patient education, information and support), a dedicated IBD day care unit, immunosuppressant blood monitoring service, inpatient care, and an annual open information event biannual IBD Open Day.
The team supports St Mark’s postgraduate teaching terms, academic courses, and our Annual International Congress: Frontiers in Intestinal and Colorectal Disease.
The team also runs an annual IBD course and IBD Specialist Nurse training day. Members of the team publish in high impact journals and contribute to national and international committees including the European Crohn’s and Colitis Organisation, British Society of Gastroenterology and United European Gastroenterology.