Pradeep Bhandari, MBBS, MD, FRCP(UK), FESGE(EUR), FJGES(Jap)

Consultant Gastroenterologist

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Professor Pradeep Bhandari is a leading gastroenterologist. He played the pioneering role of introducing in UK clinical practice novel endoscopic techniques, such as the use of acetic acid for early detection of Barrett’s cancer and using endoscopic mucosal resection and endoscopic submucosal dissection to remove early cancers and very large polyps.

He specialises in management of a range of gastrointestinal conditions, including early cancers, Barrett's oesophagus, acid reflux, irritable bowel syndrome, dyspepsia, peptic ulcers, rectal bleeding and obesity, amongst other conditions. He is an expert in advanced endoscopic procedures, including early diagnosis of cancers, endoscopic resections for cancers and minimally invasive techniques to treat swallowing problems related to range of conditions. He is one of the leading experts in the field of third space endoscopy and performs procedures like POEM, G-POEM, Z-POEM and similar procedures for treatment of swallowing disorders, delayed emptying and zenkers diverticulum. Professor Bhandari also provides screenings for gastrointestinal cancers and is an accredited by the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme as a bowel cancer screener. He serves as Professor of Gastroenterology at the University of Portsmouth and has been the Chair of the British Society of Gastroenterologists (BSG) Cancer Group. He currently holds the Research Chair of European society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ESGE).

Professor Bhandari is a member of a number of key organisations in his field, including the British Medical Association (BMA), Royal College of Physicians, European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. He received the Hopkins Endoscopy Award from the British Society of Gastroenterology for technical innovation in the field of endoscopy, and the Crystal Award from the American Gastroenterology Association for research in early cancer diagnosis, both in 2013.

Conditions treated

  • Abnormal liver function
  • Achalasia
  • Acid reflux
  • Barrett's oesophagus
  • Change in bowel habit
  • Crohn's disease
  • Duodenal ulcer
  • Dyspepsia
  • Early gastrointestinal cancers
  • Inflammatory bowel diseases
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Obesity
  • Peptic ulcers
  • Radiation proctitis
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Swallowing problems
  • Weight loss
  • Zenkers diverticulum


  • ARMA (endoscopic anti-reflux)
  • Bowel cancer screening
  • Colonoscopy
  • Endoscopy
    • Endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR) for oesophageal, gastric, duodenal and colonic tumours
    • Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty (ESG) for weight loss
    • Endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) for oesophageal, gastric, duodenal and colonic tumours
  • Gastric-POEM (delayed gastric emptying)
  • Gastroscopy
  • GERDEX (endoscopic anti-reflux)
  • Per-Oral endoscopic myotomy (POEM) for oesophageal achalasia
  • Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) for eradication of Barrett’s oesophagus
  • Stretta (endoscopic anti-reflux)
  • TIFF (endoscopic anti-reflux)
  • Zenkers Diverticulotomy and Z-POEM (for pharyngeal pouch)

Areas of focus


Professor Bhandari has trained around the world, completing an endoscopy fellowship at the National Cancer Centre Hospital in Tokyo and a research fellowship at Southampton University Hospital. He completed his core medical training in the UK and India. He remains active in education, serving as supervisor for candidates working toward advanced research degrees. He runs regular courses around the world to teach and train colleagues in advanced endoscopic techniques.


Professor Bhandari has contributed to nearly 200 peer-reviewed articles on GI conditions, and his work has been funded by institutions around the world. He is regularly invited to present his work at international events, such as annual gastroenterology conferences in Europe, Australia, Japan the Middle East and North America.

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  • Innovation of the Year award from European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy for inventing AI machine for detection of Barrett’s neoplasia, 2022
  • UK National Clinical Excellence awards (8)
  • ASGE Crystal award for best international research, 2016
  • Barbour Freeland Award from Royal College of Physicians for significant contribution to Endoscopic innovations and Research, 2015
  • Hopkins Endoscopy award by British Society of Gastroenterology, 2012
  • ASGE Crystal award for Best International endoscopy research, 2013
  • AGA Crystal award for Best International Patient friendly research, 2011

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (FRCP)
  • Fellow of Japan Gastroenterological Endoscopy Society (FJGES)
  • Fellow of European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (FESGE)
  • Vice President, British Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, 2022-26
  • Chair, British Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Research, 2021-2022
  • Chair, European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Research committee, 2018-22
  • Director, National Endoscopy Training Centre, 2014-2019
  • Treasurer, British Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy 2013-2016


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  • Hindi