Consultant Paediatric Gastroenterologist and Interventional Endoscopist – Honorary Reader in Paediatric Gastroenterology
Dr Mike Thomson MBChB DCH FRCP FRCPCH MD was trained firstly in Paediatrics then in the sub-speciality of Paediatric Gastroenterology and also focused widely on Paediatric Hepatology and Paediatric Nutrition. He was a Consultant at the Centre for Paediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition at the Royal Free Hospital for nearly 10 years before moving in 2004 to the Centre for Paediatric Gastroenterology at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.
Mike: I trained in medicine in Aberdeen between 1980 and 1985 and then moved to Yorkshire to do my first four or five years of medicine and Paediatrics which was coming home as this was where I was brought up. Paediatric Gastroenterology training started in 1988 in Leeds and then I moved to Brisbane to the Centre of Paediatric Gastroenterology there and this is where I did my research for my Medical Doctorate in Nutrition and Energy expenditure in Cystic Fibrosis. I also trained in endoscopy and all other facets of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition with a lot of exposure and responsibility for the Paediatric Liver Transplant Programme which is one of the finest in the world.
I then returned to the UK in 1994 and spent about 2 years at the Birmingham Children’s Liver Transplant Unit and then in November 1995 took up the post at the Royal Free Paediatric Gastroenterology Unit set up by Professor John Walker-Smith, one of the fathers of Paediatric Gastroenterology. I had two excellent colleagues there.
I lecture and train all over the world, and run the International Academy for Paediatric Endoscopy Training in Sheffield. I lead on training in this area for Europe.
I now work in Sheffield’s Children’s Hospital in the Paediatric Gastroenterology Centre and travel down to London one or two days a week. I also can see private patients at Thornbury Hospital in Sheffield.
I have been seeing patients at the Portland Hospital for Women and Children for more than 15 years and try to make every effort to be able to see children as quickly as possible. I will make arrangements to see or give advice with urgent referrals in 1-2 days. In addition I have published widely on many aspects of Paediatric gut related and liver related problems and the details of many of these papers can be seen in another section of this web site.
My other interests outside Medicine include spending time with the family, fell running and racing in the Peak and Lake Districts, and I have worked in a Children’s Hospital in Zambia for which I have organised charity events to raise funds. www.action4zambiakids.org.uk
I am very lucky to work with an excellent Practice Manager, Kate King, without whose superlative efficiency I would have difficulty balancing a busy family life with a Consultant NHS job and private practice.
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I look forward to meeting you if necessary at some stage.