Professor Ala

  • Hepatology
  • Liver function tests
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  • Liver disease
  • Colonoscopy
  • Gastroscopy

Professor Aftab Ala

GMC: 3567533

Professor Aftab Ala is a renowned consultant gastroenterologist and hepatologist, specialising in gastroscopy, endoscopy and colonoscopy and the management of complicated gastroenterology and hepatology problems, including liver transplant assessment and treatment of viral hepatitis. He led and managed a British Liver Trust recognised specialist Gastroenterology and Hepatology Service and Viral Hepatitis programme.

Professor Aftab Ala trained in gastroenterology at King's College Hospital London, before being awarded a prestigious advanced hepatology fellowship at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. Alongside his clinical work, he is Professor of Hepatology at the University of Surrey, is an active member on numerous committees in his field, and has published many peer-reviewed medical articles.

  • Professional experience

    • Consultant Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist, BMI Mount Alvernia Hospital (present)
    • Consultant Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist, Nuffield Health Guildford Hospital (present)
    • Consultant Gastroenterologist, The Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (2015 - present)
    • Consultant Hepatologist and Gastroenterologist, Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (1996 - 2015)
    • Consultant Gastroenterologist, Spire Clare Park Hospital (present)
  • Public positions

    • Lead for Hepatology, Kent, Surrey amd Sussex, National Institute of Health and Research (NIHR) (2014 - present)
    • South East Coast Clinical Reference Group Member for Hepato-pancreatic-biliary (HPB), NHS England (2014 - present)
    • Member of Hepatitis C Advisory Group, NHS England (2013)
    • Member of Hepatitis B Guidelines Committee, NICE (2013)
  • Education

    • FRCP, Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London (2010)
    • PhD, University College London (2010)
    • Advanced Hepatology Fellowship, The Mount Sinai Hospital (2003 - 2004)
    • MRCP, Member of the Royal College of Physicians of London (1996)
    • MD, United States of America USLME (1993)
    • MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery), Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School (1986 - 1992)
  • Professional membership

    • Member of the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE)
    • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians
    • Member of the British Medical Association
    • Member of the British Society of Gastroenterologists
    • Member of the British Association for the study of the Liver
    • Member of the European Association for the study of Liver Diseases
    • Advisor to the British Liver Trust
    • Member of the National Institute for Health and Research
    • Member of the American Association for the study of Liver Diseases
  • Teaching posts

    • Professor of Hepatology, The Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Prizes and awards

    • Awarded the Royal College of Physicians Dame Sheila Sherlock Travelling Fellowship for clinical and research experience
    • Received the Welcome Trust Research Training Fellowship
    • Received the National Gilead Fellowship in recognition of his community outreach research and viral hepatitis in high risk populations

 Diseases, Medical Tests and Treatments

  • Abdominal pain
  • Abdominal ultrasound
  • Acid reflux
  • Alcoholic liver disease
  • Alcoholism
  • Anal fissure
  • Ascites
  • Autoimmune hepatitis
  • Barrett's oesophagus
  • Biopsy
  • Bloated stomach
  • Bowel cancer
  • Bowel incontinence
  • Capsule endoscopy
  • Cholelithiasis (gallstones)
  • Chronic diarrhoea
  • Cirrhosis
  • Coeliac disease
  • Colic
  • Colitis
  • Colon cancer
  • Colon cleanse
  • Colonoscopy
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Constipation
  • Crohn's disease
  • Diabetes
  • Diverticular disease
  • Diverticulitis
  • Drug induced liver injury
  • Dysphagia
  • Eating disorders
  • Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS)
  • Endoscopy
  • ERCP
  • Fatty liver
  • FibroScan
  • Food intolerance
  • Food intolerance test
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Gastrointestinal endoscopy
  • Gastroscopy
  • Halitosis
  • Helicobacter pylori
  • Hepatic encephalopathy
  • Hepatology
  • Hepatorenal syndrome
  • Hiatal hernia
  • Indigestion (dyspepsia)
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Lactose intolerance test
  • Liver biopsy
  • Liver cancer
  • Liver cyst
  • Liver disease
  • Liver function tests
  • Malnutrition
  • Morbid obesity
  • Nutrition
  • Obesity
  • Oesophageal manometry
  • Oesophageal varices
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Pancreatitis
  • pH monitoring
  • Piles (haemorrhoids)
  • Polypectomy
  • Polyps
  • Radiofrequency treatment
  • Rectal cancer
  • Rectosigmoidoscopy
  • Second medical opinion
  • Short bowel syndrome
  • Stent
  • Stereoscopy
  • Stomach cancer
  • Stomach ulcer
  • Viral hepatitis

Make an appointment


  • BMI Mount Alvernia Hospital
    Harvey Road, Guildford GU1 3LX - Guildford
    (+44) 02037447592
  • Nuffield Health Guildford Hospital
    Stirling Road, Guildford GU2 7RF - Guildford
    (+44) 02037447592
  • Spire Clare Park Hospital
    Crondall Lane GU10 5XX - Farnham
    (+44) 02037447592


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  • I have been more than impressed with all my treatment and experience with Prof Ala and Mount Alvernia Hospital , wouldn’t hesitate to recommend.