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Areas of Expertise

Dr George Webster provides a wide range of diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopies, including:

  • Gastroscopy (OGD)
  • Colonoscopy
  • ERCP (Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography)
  • PEG (Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy)
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy
  • Cholangioscopy (direct endoscopy into bile and pancreatic ducts)
  • Luminal (oesophagus, gastroduodenal, colonic) stent insertion

Some of the conditions he commonly treats are:

  • Investigation and treatment of all forms of liver, biliary and pancreatic disease
  • Abdominal pain and irritable bowel syndrome
  • Gallstone disease
  • Pancreatitis
  • Abnormal liver tests
  • Pancreatic and bile duct cancer
  • Management of luminal obstruction
  • IgG4-related disease
  • Indigestion and heartburn
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Colon polyps and cancer
  • Sphincter of Oddi dysfunction

Career Highlights

Dr George Webster has 15 years’ experience as a consultant in one of the busiest gastroenterology centres in the UK, University College London Hospitals.

He gained his medical qualifications at the Royal Free Hospital Medical School in 1991, and then went on to complete his postgraduate training at the Royal Brompton, Hammersmith and Whittington hospitals. He undertook clinical training in gastroenterology, hepatology and endoscopy in London at the Royal Free, Barts, The Royal London and the Middlesex/UCL hospitals, and then in Sydney. He was appointed as consultant in 2003.

He is lead for HPB medicine at UCLH, and his clinical focus is in advanced diagnostic and interventional endoscopy. He has one of the largest lifetime experiences in biliary endoscopy (ERCP) in the UK, and now delivers the largest cholangioscopy practice in Europe (involving the direct visualisation and investigation of suspicious strictures, and the treatment of difficult stones within the bile duct and pancreas).

Dr George Webster partnered with Welbeck Health Partners in 2018 to collaboratively develop the OneWelbeck Digestive Health Centre.

Research highlights

He is actively involved in clinical research in various areas of gastroenterology, medicine, and advanced endoscopy, and has co-authored national and international guidelines related to primary sclerosing cholangitis, colonic stenting, ERCP practice, and gallstones. He is regularly invited to lecture on these topics in the UK, Europe and the US, and to perform live endoscopy demonstrations both nationally and internationally.

These areas of research have led to improved understanding of disease (e.g. the recognition, diagnosis and management of IgG4-related disease, and the observation that this may mimic malignancy), and in improved delivery of expert endoscopic practice nationally and internationally.

Dr Webster has published more than 70 peer-reviewed medical papers and 15 expert reviews. He is co-author of the Oxford Handbook of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, and an author on endoscopy in the forthcoming 5th edition of the Oxford Textbook of Medicine.

Get to know Dr Webster…

  • What are the moments which stand out most in your career so far?

    Delivering consistently high quality diagnostic and interventional endoscopy, and incorporating innovation into this, including developing the largest cholangioscopy service in Europe.

    Endoscopy teaching and training, including directing the annual London Live Endoscopy course (now in its 10th year) and the national BSG Endoscopy Live meeting (the largest of its kind in the UK)

    Leading the first group in the UK to report a patient group with IgG4-related disease and to have contributed to expanding knowledge of this important disease, which often mimics cancer.

  • Why did you choose to be part of the OneWelbeck team?

    A great team of colleagues, with a passion to deliver excellence in endoscopy care, and a superb environment in which patients will receive a calm, efficient and expert experience.

  • How do you provide excellent patient care?

    I strive in all areas of my medical practice, whether NHS or private, clinic or endoscopy unit, to deliver a kind empathetic service, and the highest possible level of clinical skill and expertise.

  • What keeps you busy outside of work?

    Busy family life; fly fishing; cabinet making (in that order!)