Dr Imran Patanwala

Consultant Gastroenterologist & Hepatologist

MBBS, MD (UK), Dip in Org Trans. (ESOT), FRCP (UK)

Year qualified:2000


Personal profile

Dr Imran Patanwala trained in Hepatology and Gastroenterology in the North East of England and has been a Consultant Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist in the Royal Liverpool University Hospital since 2012.

He obtained his basic medical qualifications in India and received the Pfizer Gold Medal in Medicine at graduation. He spent three years in the Liver Transplant Unit at the Freeman Hospital and was awarded one of 60 scholarships in Europe to attend the prestigious Hesperis Course in Organ Transplantation organised by the European Society of Organ Transplantation.

Dr Patanwala leads the peri-transplant, complex portal hypertension, fatty liver and autoimmune liver service at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital, which provides tertiary specialist services for Mersey and North Wales. He has a passion for collaborative working and innovation and has set up the virtual liver service at the Royal Liverpool Hospital. He provides high quality upper and lower gastrointestinal endoscopy service in the Royal - both diagnostic and therapeutic including complex portal hypertension endoscopy intervention.

Dr Patanwala’s clinical and research interests include autoimmune and fatty liver disease, complications of portal hypertension and liver transplantation. He has published highly cited research in peer reviewed journals on autoimmune cholestatic liver disease, portal hypertension and hepatocellular cancer risk in NAFLD. He has contributed to two text books in Hepatology. He was a BBSRC funded clinical research fellow exploring the role of the liver in the bio-transformation of folic acid, an important dietary vitamin, at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. Results of this research have implications for folate supplemention of food in the UK. Dr Patanwala has also contributed to the national cholestatic liver disease guideline development group.

He has a keen interest in medical education and is education lead for the Gastroenterology Directorate at the Royal Liverpool Hospital and a Honorary Clinical Lecturer at the University of Liverpool.

Professional Memberships

  • British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG)  
  • British Association for the Study of the Liver (BASL) 
  • European Association for Study of the Liver (EASL)  
  • American Association for the study of the Liver (AASLD)

Clinical Interests

  • Liver disease – abnormal liver function tests, autoimmune liver disease, primary biliary cholangitis, primary sclerosing cholangitis, fatty liver disease, alcohol related liver disease, viral hepatitis, portal hypertension, cirrhosis and chronic liver disease
  • General gastroenterology
  • Upper and lower gastrointestinal endoscopy

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