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Systematic, thoughtful, follows up via email and telephone. Knows when to be conservative and not over-react to symptoms and interpret results intelligently. I know that if I emailed him even at the weekend he would reply. He’s thorough, listens well and is clearly interested in full history and possible links. I have been really impressed- best gastroenterologist I’ve seen in a while.Patient treated at the Lister Hospital
Areas of Expertise
He specialises in a range of diagnostic techniques, including:
- HALO radiofrequency ablation
- Endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR)
- Endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD)
- Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS)
- Per-Oral Endoscopic Myotomy (POEM)
Dr Matthew Banks, BSc, MBBS, PhD, FRCP, trained at University College London, qualifying in 1992. He secured a post as a specialist registrar in gastroenterology at North East Thames from 1996 – 2004, and research registrar at St Bartholomew’s and the Royal London Hospital from 1998 – 2002.
After his appointment to consultant in 2005, he was promoted to the director of endoscopy at Chelsea and Westminster, from 2005 to 2007, and again at the University College London Hospital, from 2008 to 2014. Both hospitals achieved JAG accreditation – the gold standard in endoscopy care.
During this time he was also appointed as National endoscopy trainer faculty (St Georges Hospital), in 2005, and Endoscopy training lead UCLH, in 2007 – posts he still holds today. His dedication to training led him to set up a ‘pig-model laboratory’ for endotherapy training at UCLH Education Centre.
He was able to refine his own techniques during an endoscopic fellowship in Sydney in 2004, followed by a sabbatical in Tokyo’s prestigious National Cancer Centre in 2007, training in ESD. He is now one of a select few National Endoscopy trainers with exemplary performance standards, particularly in colonoscopy.
He is currently a consultant gastroenterologist at UCLH NHS Trust.
Dr Matthew Banks partnered with OneWelbeck in 2017 to collaboratively develop the OneWelbeck Digestive Health Centre. He has applied his extensive experience to improve the patient experience.
Dr Banks’s research interests include GORD, obesity and cancer progression, colorectal polyp detection and the pre-malignant stomach. He is part of a ground-breaking research group at UCL studying Barrett’s oesophagus, as well as the detection of early cancers in the oesophagus, stomach and colon. Much of his research involves therapeutic platforms, such as robotics.
He has also written numerous chapters and reviews on endoscopy and is the editor of the textbook, Endoscopy in the Cancer Patient. He has also written many original papers and general reviews.
Get to know Dr Banks…
OneWelbeck is all about our patients. It will be the future of patient-centred healthcare, with seamless patient and referrer access, the safest and highest quality care, an exceptional experience and easy access to health information.Dr Matthew Banks
What do you love most about your job?
There are so many aspects I enjoy, but I love the medical innovation and spending time getting to know my patients, making a positive diagnosis and providing patients with reassurance and treatments that make their lives better.
What encouraged you to specialise in your chosen field?
The crossover between surgery and medicine. Gastroenterology has allowed physicians like me to carry out minimally invasive surgery.
What has been the most significant piece of research you have contributed to?
Improving endosocopic techniques to improve the treatment of reflux-associated cancers and early-treatment cancers of the oesophagus. Ten years ago, we would have simply removed the oesophagus, whereas now, we can do it endoscopically – making patients’ quality of life much, much better.
Tell us more about your life away from OneWelbeck…
I am married and have two daughters. I love to ski, and compete in outdoor cold-water swimming. I also an avid Arsenal fan.