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Dr Vishal Saxena

Consultant Gastroenterologist

BSc(Hons), MD, FRCP

Practices at: BMI The Blackheath Hospital, BMI The London Independent Hospital

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After qualifying from Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School and intercalating an honours degree in pharmacology, Dr Vish Saxena continued his general medical and gastroenterology training in London. After his house job at Westminster Hospital, and senior house officer rotation at Charing Cross Hospital, he consolidated his registrar training on the South Thames registrar rotation in London. He developed his specialist knowledge and research experience through several centres including St George’s Hospital, London.

Dr Saxena has a successful National Health Service and Private Practice in South London and serves a diverse population of patients. This has allowed him to have a wide knowledge base of General Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology, with experience in the acute, chronic and inpatient setting.

Having grown up in South East London and being educated at Dulwich College, Dr Saxena moved back home and was appointed as a Consultant at Greenwich District Hospital in 2000. Since then he has developed an extensive practice with an excellent reputation for high quality care. His NHS base is The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich, part of the newly merged Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust. His department is a busy and active unit for both General Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology services.

His specialist interests remain wide as a luminal gastroenterologist. He provides high quality and comfortable day case gastroscopy and colonoscopy. His outpatient services include investigation of all gastroenterology symptoms to diagnose functional and inflammatory bowel disease, reflux disease and dyspepsia. His main research was looking at oesophageal disorders, reflux disease and swallowing problems, and he has developed one of the busiest oesophageal testing centres in London with an excellent reputation.

Dr Saxena is happy to see patients who are self referred, through their GP or another specialist. All contacts and referrals can be made directly to each hospital or through his secretary who looks after his NHS and Private referrals.

When not working, Dr Saxena, who lives locally, spends time with his wife and two daughters and is rather obsessed with playing the guitar.

Clinical Interests

  • General gastroenterology problems
  • Treatment and investigation of reflux disease, dyspepsia and swallowing problems
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease diagnosis and management
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome diagnosis and management
  • Investigation of bowel problems and rectal bleeding
  • Specialist oesophageal function testing (pH/impedence testing, Bravo, High Res manometry)
  • Gastroscopy and colonoscopy
  • Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio Pancreatography (ERCP)

Professional Memberships

  • British Society of Gastroenterology
  • Fellow of The Royal College of Physicians


What is a Colonoscopy? Consultant Gastroenterologist Dr Vishal Saxena, from BMI The Blackheath Hospital discusses the endoscopic procedure in detail.

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