Dr Kalpesh Besherdas, Gastroenterologist

Dr Kalpesh Besherdas MBBS, MRCP, CCST, FRCP

Gastroenterologist

MBBS, MRCP, CCST, FRCP
DrKalpesh Besherdas,Gastroenterologist

Dr Besherdas is a recommended Gastroenterologist

Introducing Dr Kalpesh Besherdas - Consultant Gastroenterologist

What type of problems of the digestive tract do you commonly see?

What does acid reflux feel like?

What causes acid reflux?

What is the best treatment for acid reflux?

Do PPIs cause long term side effects?

What happens during an endoscopy and is it painful?

Are there any risks of having an endoscopy?

What is the recovery time after an endoscopy?

Are there any alternative tests to an endoscopy?

How do you balance the risk of a GI bleed vs a Stroke in patients requiring anticoagulation?

How would you explain the low FODMAP diet in less than 10 mins?

Meet the Consultant : Dr Kalpesh Besherdas

Managing dyspepsia in primary care

Areas of expertise

  • Abdominal pain, heartburn and regurgitation
  • Anorexia and weight loss
  • Difficulty with swallowing and painful swallowing
  • Altered bowel habits, diarrhoea and constipation
  • Nausea and vomiting, vomiting blood, bloating and abdominal distension
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Jaundice and diagnosis of abnormal liver function tests
  • Anaemia along with abnormalities seen on abdominal scanning

Recommendations for Dr Besherdas

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Recommended by:

  • by Mr Hamish Hamilton, General & Vascular Surgeon

    Dr Kalpesh Besherdas is an excellent clinician. I’ve known Dr Kalpesh Besherdas for a long period of time and I would be happy to refer my patients to him.

  • byDr Hitesh Rasiklal Shah, GP

    Very good general gastroenterologist. Excellent at endoscopic procedures and irritable bowel syndrome

  • by Mr Pinak Ray, Orthopaedic Surgeon

    Dr Kalpesh Besherdas has excellent bedside manners and always helpful.

  • byDr Selvamalar Nithiyananthan, GP

    Approachable and with good patient feedback

  • byDr Harriet Nancy Esther Broyd, GP

    An excellent Gastroenterology Consultant

  • byDr Marita Koumettou, GP

    An excellent Gastroenterologist

  • by Dr Daniel Krell, Oncologist

    Recommended Gastroenterologist

  • byDr Gemma Claire Bailey, GP

    Recommended Gastroenterologist

  • by Mr Michael Morcos, Obstetrician & Gynaecologist

    An excellent physician.

  • byDr Hitesh Rasiklal Shah, GP

    Very good general gastroenterologist. Excellent at endoscopic procedures and irritable bowel syndrome

  • byDr Selvamalar Nithiyananthan, GP

    Approachable and with good patient feedback

  • byDr Harriet Nancy Esther Broyd, GP

    An excellent Gastroenterology Consultant

  • byDr Marita Koumettou, GP

    An excellent Gastroenterologist

  • byDr Gemma Claire Bailey, GP

    Recommended Gastroenterologist

  • by Mr Hamish Hamilton, General & Vascular Surgeon

    Dr Kalpesh Besherdas is an excellent clinician. I’ve known Dr Kalpesh Besherdas for a long period of time and I would be happy to refer my patients to him.

  • by Mr Pinak Ray, Orthopaedic Surgeon

    Dr Kalpesh Besherdas has excellent bedside manners and always helpful.

  • by Dr Daniel Krell, Oncologist

    Recommended Gastroenterologist

  • by Mr Michael Morcos, Obstetrician & Gynaecologist

    An excellent physician.

  • Address

  • Highgate Private Hospital, Client Services

    17-19 View Road, Highgate, London, GB, N6 4DJ

  • Barnet and Chase Farm Hospital

    The Ridgeway, Enfield, Middlesex, GB, EN2 8JL

  • About Dr Kalpesh Besherdas

    GMC number: 3541571

    Year qualified: 1991

    Place of primary qualification: University of London

    Dr Kalpesh Besherdas is a Consultant Physician and Gastroenterologist at Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust. He is also an Honorary Senior Lecturer and Gastroenterologist at the University College London Hospital and Medical School. He is a JAG (Joint Advisory Group on Gastrointestinal Endoscopy) accredited bowel cancer screening colonoscopist and performs a weekly screening list at UCLH. He also has expertise in endoscopy of the biliary tree (ERCP) and carries out more than 150 of these procedures per year. He has a special interest in diagnostic and therapeutic upper gastrointestinal endoscopy (gastroscopy) including dilatation of the oesophagus along with stenting and feeding tube insertions.

    Dr Besherdas completed his undergraduate degree at St George’s Hospital Medical School, University of London in 1991. He then undertook his higher educational training in gastroenterology in the North East Thames region as part of the London Deanery. During his training he worked at the Royal Free Hospital for three years at the centre for gastroenterology and liver unit. There he carried out research in dyspepsia, Helicobacter pylori and functional bowel disorders including irritable bowel syndrome with emphasis on minimally-invasive gastrointestinal motility testing. He also practiced in various general hospitals within the North Thames region.

    Dr Besherdas is actively involved in teaching and training undergraduates at Chase Farm Hospital as the lead clinician for medicine. He continues to have an interest in functional gastrointestinal disorders (Irritable bowel syndrome and non-ulcer dyspepsia) as well as inflammatory bowel disease. He has featured in more than 60 publications and has presented his work in various gastroenterology meetings across the world.

    Areas of expertise

    • Heartburn and regurgitation
    • Anorexia and weight loss
    • Difficulty with swallowing and painful swallowing
    • Altered bowel habits
    • Constipation
    • Nausea and vomiting, vomiting blood, bloating and abdominal distension
    • Jaundice and diagnosis of abnormal liver function tests
    • Colonic polyps
    • Weight disorders
    • Bowel disease
    • Inflammatory
    • Colon cancer
    • Dysphagia
    • Gastro-intestinal endoscopy
    • Anaemia along with abnormalities seen on abdominal scanning
    • Liver disease
    • Colitis
    • Crohn's disease
    • Dyspepsia
    • Gastroenterology
    • Gastro-oesophageal reflux
    • Colonoscopy
    • Upper gastro-intestinal disease
    • Gastro-intestinal disease
    • Abdominal pain
    • Diarrhoea
    • Rectal bleeding
    • Abnormal liver

    Frequently asked questions

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

    The common symptoms that patients have when they present to me are related to the abdominal system, either with the upper part of the abdomen or the lower part of the abdomen or abnormalities in the liver.

    With the upper part, it would include abdominal pain, indigestion, acid reflux, regurgitation, nausea/vomiting, loss of appetite and weight loss.

    With the lower part, it would be things like alteration in bowel habits, either diarrhea or constipation, abdominal discomfort and bloating or rectal bleeding.

    With the abnormalities in the liver, it's usually abnormalities in the liver function that has been detected on an asymptomatic basis. Sometimes patients present with jaundice and patients present with symptoms suggestive of gallbladder problems, like severe abdominal pain. Those are the kind of main symptoms that patients present to me with.

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

    The treatments that I offer would be treatments related to medication from the diagnosis that has been made and treatments related to endoscopic procedures that I perform on patients.

    The endoscopic procedures that I perform include upper GI endoscopy – also termed as gastroscopy – lower GI endoscopy termed colonoscopy and ERCP where we do an endoscopy of the bowel duct.

    These endoscopies can be diagnostic and therapeutic. So, if you find an abnormality such as a polyp, you can remove it endoscopically. In the bowel duct, if you find a narrowing, you can put a stent in. Or if you find gallstones, you can remove those.

    As far as medical therapy is concerned, it usually involves controlling acid in the upper duct and it involves reducing inflammation in the lower duct.

    Also, treatments for problems where you don't see an abnormality, such as irritable bowel syndrome. So, those are the kind of treatments that I offer.

  • What are your areas of sub-specialist interest?

    My area of subspecialist interest is endoscopy, in general therapeutic endoscopy, in particular related to bowel cancer screening, detecting and removing large colorectal polyps, along with ERCP.

    I'm an advanced endoscopist and I perform ERCPs, having performed more than 200 ERCPs last year. In my career, I have performed more than 10,000 colonoscopies, more than 10,000 upper GI endoscopies and more than 2,500 ERCPs. So, I'm an advanced endoscopist and that's my area of interest.

  • Professional memberships

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    Prof Mike Thomson is someone I've known for many years. He looked up to my daughter and he was very good when he looked after my daughter. I would recommend him.

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    I would recommend Dr Voi Shim Wong as a general gastroenterologist and also an excellent endoscopist.

  • Dr Daniel Krell, Oncologist

    Dr Daniel Krell is an excellent communicator. He’s up-to-date in oncological treatment. He leads the upper GI cancer within our trust. I would recommend patients to him for upper gastrointestinal cancer treatment.

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    Mr Daren Francis works within my MDT. He is up to date. He is a highly skilled surgeon. He does laparoscopic surgery without many complications. He has good patient bedside manner.

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    Prof James O'Beirne is up to date in hepatology. He manages transplantations in hepatology. For complex hepatology problems, he's who I send my patients to.

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    Mr Stephen Warren has a good bedside manner. He is up to date. He is an excellent surgeon. He is experienced, without many complications over the years.

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    Dr David Patch is up to date in hepatology. He manages transplantations in hepatology. For complex hepatology problems, he's who I send my patients to.

  • Mr Giuseppe Fusai, Hepato-biliary Surgeon

    Mr Giuseppe Kito Fusai is skilled at what he does. He has high volume or hepatobiliary surgery practice. Therefore, their competency will be updated.

  • Mr Dinesh Sharma, Endocrine Surgeon

    Mr Dinesh Sharma is skilled at what he does. He has high volume or hepatobiliary surgery practice. Therefore, their competency will be updated.

  • Mr Sakhawat Rahman, General Surgeon

    Mr Zak Rahman is skilled at what he does. He has high volume or hepatobiliary surgery practice. Therefore, their competency will be updated.