Dr Chirag Kothari

Personal profile

Dr Kothari is a Consultant Physician, Gastroenterologist and spcialises in Liver Medicine. He works at the BMI Blackheath Hospital. His NHS base is at Darent Valley Hospital and at Queen Mary’s Hospital, Sidcup. He holds a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) and is accredited for both Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine.

He has completed a Medical SHO rotation in North London, he finished MRCP (Internal Medicine) in 2007. He has since been awarded FRCP status. He has trained in Geriatric Medicine and secured a Diploma in Elderly Care Medicine from the Royal College of Physicians of London. 

He has also trained in Gastroenterology and has acquired an MRCP (Subsequently FRCP) in Gastroenterology at The Royal College of Physicians of London. He has a special interest in Liver Disease and has done special training at the Liver Unit at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham and has trained in Liver Intensive Care. He has also studied Vascular Diseases of the Liver and has widely published in this field. He has trained in managing patients with Alcohol-Related Liver Disease and it’s complications. His liver interest extends to Autoimmune Liver Disease, Viral Hepatitis, Iron overload, Fatty Liver Disease, PBC and PSC, management of Cirrhosis and many other Liver Disorders.

His training in Gastroenterology includes experience in common and rare gastrointestinal diseases including training in Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Nutrition, Malabsorption, Pancreato-biliary diseases, acid-peptic disease, weight loss and cancer screening, amongst other disorders . He has extensive experience in managing Diarrhoea, dyspepsia, abdominal pain and anaemia. He has various tools at his disposal such as Ultrasound, CT scans, MRI, Wireless capsule endoscopy, Nuclear Medicine Scans, Barium studies, Manometry study and pH studies and advanced lab work. He has written extensive guidelines, including a BMJ Learning Module which has been recognised and accredited by 22 Universities worldwide.

He is a National Flexible Scope Screening Endoscopist and he performs sigmoidoscopies to detect bowel cancer and is JAG accredited Gastroscopist and Colonoscopist. He also undertakes emergency endoscopy work to manage acute GI Bleeds. He also performs therapeutic procedures such as Polypectomy, EMR, Argon Photocoagulation, Injection of Adrenaline and Botox, Clipping of stomach and duodenal ulcers and application of Heater Probe Coagulation of bleeding vessels.

He continues to remain interested in General (Internal) Medicine – acquiring the interest overseas by undergoing a Post-Graduate Residency programme, securing an M.D. in Internal Medicine. He has experience in Tropical Medicine, based on this experience. He currently continues to maintain his interest by participating in the General Medicine on-call Rota, delivering a Consultant led service in the Acute Medical Unit. He is an enthusiastic teacher and supervises and supports Junior Doctors through their training. He has also published Internationally. He is the Liver lead for Darent Valley Hospital and is the lead for GI education.

Professional Memberships

  • British Society of Gastroenterology
  • British Association of Study of Liver
  • British Viral Hepatitis Group
  • British Medical Association
  • Midlands Gastroenterological Society
  • Dartford Postgraduate Medical Association
  • Medical Defence Union
  • Royal College of Physicians

Clinical Interests

Hepatology:

  • Viral Hepatitis
  • Autoimmune Liver disease
  • Cirrhosis
  • Interpretation of abnormal Liver function
  • Liver tumours
  • Fatty liver disease and NASH/NAFLD
  • Iron related disorders
  • Complications of alcohol use

Gastroenterology:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Reflux and acid-peptic disease
  • Anaemia
  • Coeliac disease and gluten intolerance
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) – Crohns and Ulcerative Colitis
  • Irritable bowel disease (IBS)
  • Diarrhoea, constipation and change in bowel habit
  • Weight loss & malabsorption
  • Swallowing disorders
  • Pancreatic diseases
  • Upper GI Endoscopy (OGD)
  • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
  • Colonoscopy
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding and therapeutic work 
  • Botox injection for achalasia
  • Polyp detection and polypectomy
  • Medical management of diverticular disease / diverticulosis
  • Cancer detection and family screening

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