Dr Akeel Alisa, Gastroenterologist & Hepatologist

Dr Akeel Alisa

Gastroenterologist & Hepatologist


Areas of expertise

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome & food Intolerance
  • Coeliac disease, heartburn and acid reflux, abdominal pain
  • Constipation, diarrhoea and changes in bowel habit
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Weight loss and nutrition
  • Gastroscopy and colonoscopy


  • Telephone or video consultation


  • The Wellington Hospital

    St Johns Wood, London, NW8 7JA

  • The Wellington Hospital Elstree Waterfront

    The Waterfront Beaufort House Elstree Road, Elstree, WD6 3BS

  • Royal Free Hospital

    Pond St, London, NW3 2QG

  • Barnet Hospital

    Wellhouse Ln, Barnet, Hertfordshire, EN5 3DJ

  • About Dr Akeel Alisa

    GMC number: 4024590

    Year qualified: 1993

    Place of primary qualification: University of Cambridge

    Areas of expertise

    • Irritable Bowel Syndrome & food intolerance
    • Coeliac disease
    • Heartburn and acid reflux
    • Abnormal liver tests
    • Abdominal pain
    • Viral hepatitis
    • Constipation, diarrhoea and changes in bowel habit
    • Inflammatory bowel disease
    • Weight loss and nutrition
    • Gastroscopy and colonoscopy
    • Alcohol liver disease
    • Complex polyp removal by endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR)
    • Cancer screening
    • Dyspepsia
    • Fatty liver disease
    • Feeding tubes insertion (PEG/PEJ)
    • Flexible sigmoidoscopy
    • Food allergy
    • Management of gastrointestinal bleeding
    • Stricture dilatation & stent insertion
    • Therapeutic endoscopy
    • Indigestion
    • Cirrhosis
    • Monitoring chronic liver disease
    • Non-invasive test for liver scarring (Fibroscan)
    • Capsule endoscopy

    Frequently asked questions

  • What are the common symptoms that your patients tend to present with?

    The commonest symptoms that patients present with are abdominal bloating, pain, indigestion, acid reflux and changes in their bowel habits. A lot of patients also may present with symptoms like difficulty swallowing or having blood in their stools. Some of them come with abnormal liver function tests and seek further advice.

  • What are the treatments that you're able to offer your patients?

    I have an interest in endoscopy and advanced endoscopy. First, in terms of diagnostic testing for indigestion and heartburn, I tend to do several tests including upper GI endoscopy. We also arrange for them to have ultrasound scans after specialised care. We also arrange for them to have 24-hour pH studies, manometry and pressure studies of their food pipe.

    We also do lower GI camera testing including colonoscopy, flexible sigmoidoscopy. I also remove complex polyps from the colon. I also advise patients on nutritional support and sometimes offer them feeding tubes.

    In terms of the liver-related procedures, for those who have a history of excess alcohol intake or abnormal liver function tests. I offer them the chance to have FibroScan, which I do myself, looking at scar tissue within the liver and fat in the liver. If they are risk stratified, we can do this non-invasive FibroScan for them. I would look into advising them better on to their prognosis.

    I also helped a lot of patients who have irritable bowel syndrome, which is quite common, and basically referring them for breath test for bacterial overgrowth, for lactose intolerance or fructose intolerance, and also dealing with different food allergies testing.

  • What are your areas of sub-specialist interest?

    I'm very interested in endoscopy and advanced endoscopy in patients who have complex abdominal pain and unexplained symptoms, patients with complex irritable bowel syndrome and indigestion, patients who have also abnormal liver tests. Hence, endoscopy on the whole as a bigger category and also liver disease would be my subspecialist interests.

  • Professional memberships

    British Medical Association (BMA)
    British Association for the Study of the Liver
    United European Gastroenterology
    European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
    British Society of Gastroenterology
    Royal College of Physicians
    General Medical Council

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