I read medicine at Trinity College, Cambridge and carried out my clinical training at the London Hospital Medical College (now the Royal London and Barts).

After several years as a junior doctor I joined the Institute of Liver Studies at Kings College Hospital for a period of specialist training and research. Here I undertook an MD thesis on the subject of liver immunology and alcoholic liver disease. Throughout my five years in the Liver Unit I was part of a team led by Professor Roger Williams, looking after liver transplant cases, patients with liver failure and cases of viral hepatitis, among others.

After this I worked as a Senior Registrar in Glasgow at Stobhill Hospital, Gartnavel Hospital and the Western Infirmary before being appointed a Consultant physician at Maidstone Hospital.

Maidstone Hospital has merged with Tunbridge Wells Hospital and I am now the senior gastroenterologist in a department of eight specialists which caters for half a million people. Our hospital in Maidstone is also the regional cancer centre, which means it is equipped to deal with all but the most obscure cancers Kentwide. While at Maidstone my energies have been directed at providing a specialised endoscopic service (including ERCP), setting up a system in West Kent for looking after those with hepatitis B and C and maintaining research and educational links with King's College Hospital.