Personal profile

Dr Mahesh Bhalme gained his primary qualification from Mumbai University in India, in 2002 and later moved to the UK to complete his post-graduate medical training. Having completed his gastroenterology training in Northwest England, he then went on to achieve the National Liver Fellowship in 2012. He was later appointed as a locum Consultant Hepatologist in the Liver Transplant Unit at St James University Hospital, Leeds.

He joined Bolton NHS Foundation Trust in October 2013 as a Consultant Gastroenterologist & Hepatologist where he is also the clinical lead of gastroenterology & hepatology services, trust alcohol lead and the lead clinician for hepato-pancreatico-biliary (HPB) and upper gastro-intestinal (UGI) cancers.

He has published a number of original research articles and is also the principal investigator for a number of clinical trials at Bolton Hospital.

He is an endoscopy trainer for gastroenterology specialty trainees and he formally teaches medical students from Manchester University.

Clinical Interests

Dr Bhalme specialises in the management of patients with digestive disorders such as heartburn (gastro-oesophageal reflux disease), indigestion (dyspepsia), abdominal pain, diarrhoea, constipation, weight loss, iron deficiency anaemia, inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease), irritable bowel syndrome, ano-rectal bleeding and gastro-intestinal cancers (oesophageal, stomach and colo-rectal) or pre-cancerous conditions like Barrett’s oesophagus or colonic polyps.

He has particular expertise in liver and pancreatico-biliary diseases such as alcohol-related liver disease, fatty liver, hepatitis B and C, cirrhosis, portal hypertension, liver failure, liver cancer, liver transplant, pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer and gallstone disease.

He is an expert at performing all forms of diagnostic and therapeutic gastroscopy (OGD), colonoscopy including polypectomy and haemorrhoid banding and ERCP (endoscopic retrograde cholangio-pancreatogram).

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