3 September 2019

Expert in gut and digestive disorders becomes third from Sheffield to win top national award

A leading expert in gut and digestive disorders has won a top national award in recognition of his contribution to the field.

Professor David Sanders, a Consultant Gastroenterologist at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, was awarded the British Society of Gastroenterology’s Hopkins Endoscopy Prize for innovation and research in endoscopy.

His research into gastrointestinal and gut bleeding has contributed to the Trust having one of the lowest mortality rates for such conditions in the country, and the lowest rates of surgical intervention as many patients are successfully treated using endoscopic techniques (when investigations and interventions are carried out using a tube and camera inserted into the body).

Sheffield is now the only UK centre to receive the award three times. It was previously won by Professor Mark McAlindon in 2017 and Professor Reena Sidhu in 2012.

Professor Sanders said: “These awards are of national importance and so this highlights Sheffield as the premier UK centre in this field. It really reflects the fact that we are providing patients with a very high quality of care.”

The Hopkins Endoscopy Prize is awarded annually by the British Society of Gastroenterology, with prize winners delivering a lecture in front of renowned figures from across the world at the British Society of Gastroenterology’s national conference, which was this year held in Glasgow. The award is named after Harold Hopkins, an engineer who developed modern flexible endoscopy instruments using fibre optics.

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