Professor James East

MBChB, MD (Res), FRCP, BSc


Professor East is one of Europe’s leading colonoscopists. He graduated from Edinburgh University in 1999, and trained in Gastroenterology and General (Internal) Medicine on the North West London rotation. He was awarded an MD (Res) in 2009 from Imperial College London after research into dysplasia detection at colonoscopy at St. Mark's Hospital. He was appointed Consultant Gastroenterologist at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust in January 2010, and become an Associate Professor at the University of Oxford in July 2018.

His clinical practice focuses on general gastroenterology including heartburn, gastro-oesophageal reflux, nausea and vomiting, swallowing problems, abdominal pain, diarrhoea and constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, anaemia and rectal bleeding. He also has a specialist interest in advanced upper and lower GI endoscopy, as well as endoscopic screening and surveillance.


  • Monday PM
  • Endoscopy by arrangement


Current posts

  • Consultant Gastroenterologist, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford
  • Clinical Director Bowel Cancer Screening Oxfordshire
  • Clinical Lead Endoscopy


  • Abdominal Pain
  • Abdominal Swelling
  • Altered Bowel Habits
  • Anorexia
  • Anus and Rectum
  • Barrett’s Oesophagus
  • Bowel (Faecal) Incontinence
  • Bowel Cancer
  • Bowel Disease
  • Bowel Obstruction
  • Coeliac Disease
  • Colonoscopy
  • Colorectal Screening
  • Constipation
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Diagnostic Endoscopy
  • Diarrhoea
  • Difficulty Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders
  • Diverticulitis
  • Duodenal Ulcer
  • Dysphagia
  • Epigastric pain
  • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
  • Gall Stones
  • Gastric (Stomach) Cancer
  • Gastric Ulceration
  • Gastroscopy
  • Haematemesis
  • Heartburn
  • Helicobacter
  • Hiatus Hernia
  • Indigestion (Dyspepsia)
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Jaundice
  • Malabsorption
  • Melaena
  • Nutrition
  • Oesophageal Cancer
  • Oesophageal Stricture
  • Oesophageal Varicies
  • Oesophagitis
  • Rectal Bleeding
  • Stomach (Gastric) Cancer
  • Stomach Ulcer
  • Therapeutic Endoscopy
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Upper Gastointestinal Cancer
  • Upper Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
  • Urea Breath Test 13C

Other interests

Colonoscopy and Bowel Cancer Screening, advanced diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy

Personal interests

Fly fishing, Skiing

Member of

  • British Society of Gastroenterology - Endoscopy Research Committee
  • European Society Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
  • Royal College Physicians London
  • Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland


  • International reputation for colonoscopy and advanced endoscopy and a regular speaker on endoscopy nationally and internationally
  • Main research interests include: advanced diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy, quality in endoscopy, endoscopy in IBD, and serrated polyps.
  • More than 100 peer reviewed scientific articles and five book chapters since 2003, including on Colonoscopy for the Oxford Textbook of Medicine.
  • Author of six international guidelines on advanced endoscopy


Professor James East works with the following private medical insurance providers:
  • Aviva Health
  • AXA PPP Healthcare
  • AXA PPP International
  • Bupa
  • Bupa On Demand
  • Cigna
  • Exeter Family Friendly
  • PHC
  • Simplyhealth
  • Vitality Health (Pru Health)
  • WPA

Professor James East does not hold a share or financial interest in this hospital, another Nuffield Health hospital or the company.

Professor James East does not have a share or financial interest in equipment used at this hospital or another Nuffield Health hospital.

Professor James East does not hold any paid advisory role(s) at this hospital or on behalf of Nuffield Health.