Professor Alexander Ford

Professor of Gastroenterology and Honorary Consultant Gastroenterologist

Summary: I am a clinical researcher with an interest in functional gastrointestinal disorders and clinical trials. I have published extensively, and supervised postgraduate degrees successfully.

Location: Bexley Wing, St. James's University Hospital

Teaching Commitments: Body systems ICU, 1st year MBChB


I am currently a Professor and Honorary Consultant Gastroenterologist at Leeds University and Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. During my registrar training I conducted a 2-year period of research funded by the Medical Research Council, obtaining an MD from Leeds University. Work from my thesis was used to inform the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence’s (NICE) guidelines for the management of dyspepsia in the UK.

From October 2007 to September 2008 I completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the Gastroenterology Division of McMaster University Medical Centre, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. This enabled me to become independent in health services research, including epidemiological research and meta-analysis. I am interested in the natural history, diagnosis, and treatment of functional gastrointestinal disorders, with a growing clinical trials portfolio in this area. I am principal investigator (PI) or deputy PI on three NIHR-funded trials.

I have been awarded >£5 million of grant income as PI, deputy PI, or co-investigator, and have published extensively, with over 300 PubMed-indexed peer-reviewed articles. My original and review articles have been cited over 8000 times, to date, and my h-index is 50 on Web of Science. I supervise postgraduate degrees. I am also an Associate Editor for Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics handling papers dealing with the functional gastrointestinal disorders, and have served on NICE guidelines groups.