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Gastrointestinal Working Group

The SAHF Gastrointestinal Working Group (GIWG) focusses on promoting improvements in the quality of, and access to, digestive and liver healthcare and health promotion in South Asians and other ethnic minorities. These include diseases of the: oesophagus, stomach, gallstones, liver and bowel, including conditions as varied as viral hepatitis, alcohol and other liver diseases, inflammatory bowel and coeliac disease, and cancers of the gastrointestinal tract.

The SAHF GIWG has organised multiple events to assess the evidence base of ethnicity and gastrointestinal/liver diseases (in the Royal College of Physicians in 2008, World Congress of Gastroenterology in 2009 and British Society of Gastroenterology in 2010). The SAHF GIWG also works with multiple stakeholders to help promote health in ethnic minorities. These include the Department of Health, National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, and relevant patient organisations.

The SAHF GIWG comprises members trained in the management of gastroenterological and liver conditions, predominantly in the Midlands, but we are always keen to hear from other interested parties.

 

Dr Sauid Ishaq

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Dr Ashit Shah

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Dr Neeraj Bhala

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Neeraj Bhala is an specialist registrar in gastroenterology and general medicine, currently doing research at the University of Oxford. His research project is related to gastrointestinal and cardiovascular outcomes in large scale epidemiology, particularly related to non-steroidal antiflammatory drugs and antithrombotic agents. Clinical interests include non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and broader public health interventions to resolve health inequalities. As well as founding and chairing the Gastrointestinal Working Group, he is a trustee of SAHF and Governance lead for the organisation.

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Dr Rajiv Jalan

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Dr Saket Singhal

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Dr Singhal is Consultant Gastroenterologist at Sandwell General Hospital in West Bromwich, just to the west of Birmingham. His main area of special interest / expertise is Liver Disease. Within this field he has particular sub-specialty interests in Chronic Viral Hepatitis and in Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD). He has been involved in the Gastrointestinal Working Group (GIWG) since inception in April, 2007. He has been involved in local screening studies for chronic viral hepatitis in the South Asian population and also in research into the epidemiology of NAFLD (in which there appears to be a South Asian preponderance). He has been key to organising the SAHF conference on the impact of Alcohol in ethnic minority populations in the UK in 2008. He has also advised the Department of Health on national campaigns.

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Dr Shri Pathmakanthan

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Dr Tariq Iqbal

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