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“The time, care and understanding given to me by Dr Pitcher far exceeded any of my expectations throughout my consultation. He listened to everything I had to say, understood my concerns, asked questions and totally reassured me before giving me a clear diagnosis. Then everything he formulated was actioned immediately and the next stages put in place efficiently. I would recommend Dr Pitcher to anyone else in similar circumstances to mine. I was told he was an expert in his field, Dr Pitcher is THE expert as far as I am concerned.”

Patient seen for Gastroenterology

Areas of Expertise

Dr Maxton Pitcher performs a range of treatments, including:

Some of the conditions he commonly treats, include:

Career Highlights

Dr Pitcher trained in Medical Sciences at the University of Cambridge and later qualified from the University of Oxford in 1988. He completed a Doctorate of Medicine at the University of Cambridge in 1996. He was elected as Chairman of Medicine at St Mark’s by his colleagues in 2007 and Chairman of the Medical Advisory Committee at BMI The Clementine Churchill Hospital in 2010.

He is an accomplished classical violinist and Concertmaster of the European Doctors Orchestra. He has featured on the Sky News Kay Burley Show and his musical videos of live performance to patients during the COVID-19 pandemic have been seen by hundreds of thousands on-line all over the world.


Kelly SM, Pitcher MCL, Farmery SM, Gibson GR. Isolation of Helicobacter pylori from feces of patients with dyspepsia in the UK. Gastroenterol 1994;107:1671-1674

Pitcher MCL, Cummings JH. Hydrogen sulphide: a bacterial toxin in ulcerative colitis? Gut 1996;39:1-4

LockRJ, Pitcher MC, Unsworth DJ. IgA anti-tissue transglutaminase as a diagnostic marker of gluten sensitive enteropathy. J Clin Pathol 1999; 52:274-7.

Pitcher MCL, Beatty ER, Cummings JH. The contribution of sulphate-reducing bacteria and 5-ASA to faecal sulphide in patients with ulcerative colitis. Gut 2000;46:64-72

Ghosh S, et al. Natalizumab for active Crohn’s disease. NEJM 2003;348(1):24-33. (Pitcher MCL as member of International Antegren Study Group).

Awotesu O, Missotten T, Pitcher MC, Lynn WA, Lightman S. Uveitis in a patient receiving rifabutin for Crohn’s disease. J R Soc Med 2004;97(9):440-1

Forbes A, Jackson S, Walter C, Quraishi S, Jacyna M, Pitcher M. Acupuncture for irritable bowel syndrome:a blinded placebo-cotrolled trial. World J Gastroenterol 2005;11(26):4040-4

Ng SC, Noursadeghi M, von Herbay A, Vaizey C, Pitcher MC, Flanagan KL. Cytomegalovirus enteritis associated with goblet cell carcinoid tumour of the appendix. J Infect 2006, Oct 14

Thoua M, Murray CD, Winchester WJ, Roy AJ, Pitcher MC, Kamm MA, Emmanuel AV. Amitriptyline modifies the visceral hypersensitivity response to acute stress in irritable bowel syndrome. Aliment Pharmacol Ther 2008, Dec 12 (epub ahead of print)

…HJW Thomas, JP Teare, AL Hart, MCL Pitcher. …Differences in inflammatory bowel disease phenotype between South Asians and Northern Europeans living in NW London, UK. The American Journal of Gastroenterology, 2011

J Ferreira-Martins, A Yusuf, N Stafford, M Pitcher. Improving the management of spontaneous bacterial paradise: assessment of an intervention in trainee doctors. Clinical Medicine 2015.

M Carbone, A Nardi, S Flack, G Carpino… Pretreatment prediction of response to ursodeoxycholic acid in primary biliary cholangitis: development and validation of the UDCA Response Score. – The Lancet Gastroenterology & Hepatology, 2018.

TEXTBOOK Clinical Guide to Gastroenterology – edited by Yang Chen & Maxton Pitcher. Wiley Blackwell 2019.

Getting to know Dr Pitcher

  • Why did you choose to become a part of OneWelbeck

    I chose OneWelbeck because of the state-of-the-art endoscopy and diagnostic facilities, in a custom-made premises.
    Working with experienced and peer-reviewed colleagues of top quality allow me to provide a world-class service to patients worthy of its high reputation

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

    My appointment to St Mark’s Hospital Consultant Staff in 1998;
    playing my violin to patients and staff to keep up morale during the COVID-19 pandemic 2020/2021, including interviews on TV and national press

  • What keeps you busy in your personal life?

    Classical violin playing in orchestras, chamber ensembles and Concertmaster of the European Doctors Orchestra