Professor Mike Thomson

Consultant Paediatric Gastroenterologist & Interventional Endoscopist


Personal profile

Consultant Paediatric Gastroenterologist and Interventional Endoscopist – Honorary Reader in Paediatric Gastroenterology.

Professor Mike Thomson MBChB DCH FRCP FRCPCH MD was trained firstly in Paediatrics then in the sub-speciality of Paediatric Gastroenterology and also focused widely on Paediatric Hepatology and Paediatric Nutrition. He was a Consultant at the Centre for Paediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition at the Royal Free Hospital for nearly 10 years before moving in 2004 to the Centre for Paediatric Gastroenterology at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

Professor Thomson trained in medicine in Aberdeen between 1980 and 1985 and then moved to Yorkshire to do his first four or five years of medicine and Paediatrics which was coming home as this was where he was brought up. Paediatric Gastroenterology training started in 1988 in Leeds, and then he moved to Brisbane to the Centre of Paediatric Gastroenterology there and this is where he did his research for his Medical Doctorate in Nutrition and Energy expenditure in Cystic Fibrosis. Professor Thomson also trained in endoscopy and all other facets of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition with a lot of exposure and responsibility for the Paediatric Liver Transplant Programme which is one of the finest in the world.

Professor Thomson then returned to the UK in 1994 and spent about 2 years at the Birmingham Children’s Liver Transplant Unit and then in November 1995 took up the post at the Royal Free Paediatric Gastroenterology Unit set up by Professor John Walker-Smith, one of the fathers of Paediatric Gastroenterology. Professor Thomson had two excellent colleagues there.

Professor Thomson subsequently continues private practice in Sheffield and London and has been the lead for the National Centre of Paediatric Endoscopy Training which also trains fellows from all over the world. He has built up the only comprehensive small bowel investigation service for children in the UK involving wireless capsule endoscopy and enteroscopy and has expertise in all areas of paediatric gastroenterology.

He is a keen trainer and is also a very widely published researcher with over 100 peer-reviewed articles, over 40 chapters in international text books and has written seven text books including the definitive texts for paediatric gastrointestinal endoscopy, also Concise Paediatrics and Easy Paediatrics which are the lead paediatric text books for postgraduate and undergraduate respectively.

He has pioneered the use of minimally invasive endoscopy for diagnosis and also for treatment of conditions such as gastro-oesophageal reflux disease in children, and he lectures internationally and nationally many times each year.   He is the medical advisor for the parent-led group Living with Reflux and has strong connections with parent led groups for inflammatory bowel disease and eosinophilic diseases of the gut in children.

Professor Thomson lectures and trains all over the world, and runs the International Academy for Paediatric Endoscopy Training in Sheffield. He leads on training in this area for Europe.

Professor Thomson now work in Sheffield’s Children’s Hospital in the Paediatric Gastroenterology Centre and travel down to London one or two days a week. Professor Thomson also sees private patients at Thornbury Hospital in Sheffield.

Professor Thomson’s other interests outside Medicine include spending time with the family, fell running and racing in the Peak and Lake Districts, and he has worked in a Children’s Hospital in Zambia for which he has organised charity events to raise funds.

Clinical Interests

  • Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease
  • Coeliac disease
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • All paediatric GI problems
  • Hepatological issues involving children
  • Eosinophilic diseases of the gut in children
  • Endoscopic assessment of children’s gut problems and minimally invasive therapeutic endoscopies, such as anti-reflux procedures and enteroscopy
  • Faltering growth

Professional Memberships

  • Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health Memberships
  • European Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians
  • British Society of Gastroenterology Member
  • British Society of Hepatology and Nutrition Member
  • British Medical Association
  • Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland
  • General Medical Council

Current NHS and /or University Posts

  • South Yorkshire, BMI Thornbury Hospital

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