After graduating from Edinburgh University in 1988, Prof Stanley trained in London, Melbourne and Edinburgh, and completed his MD thesis. He took up his current post as a Consultant Gastroenterologist at Glasgow Royal Infirmary in 1999 and was appointed Honorary Professor at the University of Glasgow in 2018. He has numerous local, national and international teaching and training roles and is heavily involved in undergraduate teaching in Glasgow and has advised SMC and NICE. He is Director of the annual Glasgow-Gastro conference and is on the organising committee of the annual Edinburgh Advanced Gastroenterology & Hepatology course.
Prof Stanley has active research interests in GI bleeding, endoscopy and chronic liver disease, and has published over 120 peer-reviewed papers and several book chapters to date. He has been an invited speaker and performed live endoscopy at numerous national and international meetings. In addition, Prof Stanley has been co-author on several BSG and SIGN guidelines, which have been elected to the BSG Liver committee, the BSG Gastro-duodenal committee, the BSG International committee, the organizing committee of the Scottish Society of Physicians and the Council of RCPS Glasgow. He is a founder member of the RCPSG Global Health Group and is heavily involved in a BSG supported endoscopy training project in Malawi (2012-present).