Manchesters Premier Gastroenterological Specialists

Who are we

Dr Simon Campbell MB ChB (Hons), MD(Edin.), FRCP (Lon)
Dr Campbell qualified from Birmingham University in 1994 with honours in medicine.

His initial training in general medicine centred around the professorial units in Birmingham. After attaining membership to the Royal College Physicians of London, he was offered a research fellowship in Edinburgh where he achieved Doctor of Medicine (MD) under the training of Professor Subrata Ghosh examining immunomodulatory therapy in inflammatory bowel disease.

In 2001 he achieved a place in the Oxford Deanery where he continued to develop specialist interests in IBD and drug therapy, while getting extensive training in other gastric and bowel related problems including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), coeliac disease, dyspepsia, Barrett’s oesophagus.

In 2004 he undertook an Advanced Endoscopy Fellowship at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital, under the training from Professor Tony Morris. He trained in colonoscopy, endomucosal and capsule endoscopy. He now runs one of the largest small bowel capsule endoscopy services in the UK.

He has published original research and articles in more than 40 international journals, published books and chapters in the field of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). He was appointed at Manchester Royal Infirmary as Consultant Gastroenterologist in 2006. He is an Honorary Senior lecturer at Salford University. Dr Campbell acts as the IBD lead for Central Manchester University Hospital NHS Trust, looking after around 2000 patients with IBD and specialises in complex IBD management using the latest biological therapies. Dr Campbell has an active interests in clinical research in IBD and currently is the primary investigator for over 14 IBD (NIHR research network) studies looking at novel drug therapies.

Dr Campbell is an accredited bowel cancer screening colonoscopist for the national bowel cancer screening programme.

Dr Campbell was elected IBD committee member for the British Society of Gastroenterology 2012. He is currently on the Royal college committee for standard setting for the gastroenterology specialty exit exams within the UK. He was recently also appointed Royal College Tutor for Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Dr Robert Willert BSc (Hons), MBChB (Hons), PhD FRCP (Lon)
Dr Willert is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London. He completed a joint physiology/pharmacology degree with first class honours in 1993 and qualified in medicine with honours in 1996. He subsequently completed a PhD in gastrointestinal pharmacology, assessing the mechanisms of pain in gastrointestinal disease, from the University of Manchester.

In 2006 he was awarded an international research fellowship in Perth, Western Australia at the specialist inflammatory bowel disease centre where he trained in complex inflammatory bowel disease management as well as advanced endoscopic procedures including endoscopic ultrasound, endoscopic mucosal resection and double balloon enteroscopy.

He was appointed as a Consultant Gastroenterologist at Manchester Royal Infirmary in 2008.

Dr Willert’s specialises in the management of patients with digestive disorders of the luminal gastrointestinal tract (oesophagus, stomach, small bowel and colon). This includes the diagnosis and management of heartburn (gastro oesophageal reflux disease), indigestion (dyspepsia), abdominal pain, diarrhoea and constipation as well as the investigation and nutritional management of weight loss.

He has specialist expertise in the endoscopic diagnosis and endoscopic therapy of heartburn and Barrett’s oesophagus. He provides BRAVO wireless pH assessment for oesophageal reflux and endoscopic mucosal resection and the new HALO radiofrequency ablation therapy for Barrett’s (as a tertiary service for Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Cheshire). He is also a nationally accredited bowel cancer screening colonoscopist for which he provides a weekly regional screening colonoscopy and advanced polypectomy / EMR service for patients across the conurbation. He is a national expert in double balloon enteroscopy for the management of small bowel disorders and provides a regional service for patients needing endoscopic ultrasound and fine needle aspiration as well as being an endoscopy trainer for the regions junior doctors.

In addition, given his BSc and PhD background he has a specialist interest in the pharmacological management of all gastrointestinal disorders including both simple and complex inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, gastro-oesophageal reflux and constipation. He has published original research widely and continues to do so and is a national speaker on gastrointestinal disorders. He has ongoing clinical research studies in Barrett’s oesophagus and inflammatory bowel disease and is an honorary lecturer at the University of Manchester.

Laura Kinsey
Laura obtained a BSc (Hons) in Public Health Nutrition in 2002. Due to her desire to work directly with patients she went on to do a post-graduate diploma in Nutrition and Dietetics. This qualified her as a state registered dietitian in 2004.

Laura had an interest in the field of gastroenterology from the start and this lead her on to do her Masters research into the ‘nutritional adequacy of the gluten free diet in adult patients with coeliac disease’ in 2005. This research was published and Laura was asked to present her findings at in New York at the 8th International coeliac symposium in 2007.

Laura has worked within the NHS since 2005. Initially she worked in several areas including stroke, intensive care, head and neck cancer and diabetes. In 2007 Laura specialised in the field of gastroenterology and has worked in this area ever since. She is now a Senior Specialist Dietitian for gastroenterology.

Laura started her private practice in 2009. Her areas of expertise include Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, gastroparesis, food intolerance, pancreatitis, liver disease, nutrition support and all diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. She is trained in the Low FODMAP diet a new and extremely successful way of treating people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome and similar disorders. She has also had an article published on the nutritional management of gastroparesis. She is currently undertaking research into patient views of food and nutrition in patients with Inflammatory Bowel disease.

Laura is dedicated to helping people with gastrointestinal disease control their symptoms via diet.

Mrs Jan Priestner
As a state registered nurse, qualified since 1978 I have worked predominantly with patients with gastrointestinal problems. I started hypnotherapy approximately 7 years ago and qualified in neuro-linguistic programming and emotional freedom techniques under GQHP certification. These potent hypnotherapy techniques can be applied to a whole host of conditions including anxiety, stress, low self-esteem, anger management and functional gut disorders including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and non-ulcer dyspepsia. My private practice is based in Adlington, Macclesfield. The process of hypnotherapy involves communicating with your subconscious mind to change your perception of problems, and the way you react to them. Bowel problems can be debilitating and take over your life; with the aid of Hypnotherapy these symptoms can be eased or the root cause can be addressed. There is now good clinical evidence for the role and effectiveness of hypnotherapy in functional bowel disorders. Although the number of hypnotherapy sessions will vary from person to person, on average, approximately 6 sessions are usually required. I have worked alongside Dr’s Campbell and Willert for over 5 years.