Meet the Team

The Nurse Endoscopy team

The Gastro team is made up of 13 Nurse Endoscopists performing diagnostic endoscopy, Bowel Cancer Screening, Capsule Endoscopy, and two week wait Rectal Bleed clinics.

Currently we undertake approximately 50% of the diagnostic lists at the Quadram Institute. and cover Bowelscope Screening Lists at the JPUH and the QEH.

We have two nurse endoscopists whose key roles are as Specialist Screening Practitioners in the Bowel Cancer Screening Programme but who also support the Bowelscope Programme.

Nearly every diagnostic list performed by the four senior nurse endoscopists is a training list, with Registrars/Nurses in training allocated lists, they have all undertaken Train the Trainer in Endoscopy teaching.

Sarah El-Salamani is an Associate on the Health Education England non clinical endoscopist Training Programme and also teaching faculty at St Thomas’s hospital.

Jane Cook is a JAG (Joint Advisory Group) assessor, Nurse Faculty on the JAG approved courses, accredited Bowel Screening Colonoscopist and an associate lecturer at the University of East Anglia School of Nursing.

The gastro department is home to a team of specialist doctors and nurses. Please find below profiles of consultants/nurses within the department.

  • Dr Arun Shankar (Service Director)
  • Dr Ian Beales (UEA Reader) – dyspepsia, medical education, clinical trials, acid-peptic disorders, IBD
  • Dr Bernard Brett –  IBD, ERCP, Bowel Cancer Screening Luminal Gasteroenterology and Medical Management (currently Deputy MD)
  • Dr Anups Desilva – IBD lead, Bowel Cancer Screening, therapeutic endoscopy and Medical Education

Secretaries: Sara Stickland and Megan Little

Contact Numbers: 01603 641195 and 01603 288864

Secretaries: Emma Beck, Sharon Davies  and Isabel Hornagold

Contact Numbers: 01603 641189 and 01603 288345

Secretaries: Laura McEwan, Lynn Rodford, Melanie Theakston

Contact Numbers: 01603 288534, 01603 641186

Secretaries: Lesley Sarstedt, Micah Ramos, Tashtia Tanjina, Jessica Blick

Contact Numbers: 01603 288356 and 01603 641194

Secretaries: Jane Markland, Alisha Stewart, Michal Woodsmith, Charlotte Richardson

Contact Numbers: 01603 288143, 01603 641193

  • Dr Richard Tighe –  screening colonoscopy, endoscopy training, therapeutic endoscopy, IBD, ERCP

Secretary: Rachel Lane

Contact Numbers: 01603 641188

  • Dr Mark Tremelling – IBD genetics, diagnostic and therapeutic colonoscopy
  • Dr Leo Alexandre
  • Dr Simon Chan – IBD epidemiology, clinical IBD, diagnostic and therapeutic colonoscopy

Secretaries: Kim Clapham, Amy Garner, Kerry Girdlestone

Contact Numbers: 01603 288358 and 01603 64119

      Liver Nurse Secretaries

Secretaries: Juliette Smith, Wendy Durrant, Rachael Brown, Suzanne Rickenback, Lisa Spencer

Contact Numbers: 01603 641186, 01603 288367

Nutrition Nurse Secretary

Secretaries: Donna Cruz

Contact Number: 01603 287159

Hep C Administrator

Petra Szabo

Contact Number: 01603 289244

IBD nurse Secretaries

Secretaries: Jemma Rose, Ellie Garwood, Laura Blakely

Contact Numbers: 01603 288863


A number of surgeons with expertise in gastroenterology also work within the department.