After training in gastroenterology in the UK and then in Brisbane, Australia, Dr Mike Thomson returned to be involved with liver and small bowel transplant at Birmingham Children’s Hospital and then took up his consultant post in 1995 at the Royal Free Hospital with the father of modern paediatric gastroenterology, Professor John Walker-Smith. He was there for 11 years building up the Endoscopy Training Centre and then moved with his young family to Sheffield to start at Sheffield Children’s Hospital in 2004.
He 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 gastro-intestinal 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.