Dr Sudeep Tanwar, Consultant Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist, DMC Healthcare talks about how a commitment to high quality endoscopists, nurses and coordinators means there is no weakness in the chain.
“We’ve done well to help reduce waiting lists and improve patient outcomes at Whipps Cross”
“I’ve always liked science and maths”
It was a natural progression thereafter to go into medicine. Once you graduate you find your way into a speciality that suits your personality and what you’re good at. Endoscopy is a good mix of surgery and medicine. We need to be inquisitive, creative and think broadly. We also need to be good with patients and be patient.
“I qualified in 2001”
I completed specialist Gastroenterology training at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital Medical School. I trained at numerous centres of excellence including University College Hospital, St Mary’s Hospital, King’s College Hospital and the Royal Free Hospital. In my penultimate year, I was selected in open national competition for the London Deanery Advanced Hepatology Fellowship.
I undertook a four-year PhD research fellowship within the prestigious UCL Institute for Liver and Digestive Health where I now work as an Honorary Associate Professor. In 2014, I was appointed as a Consultant Gastroenterologist with a specialist interest in HPB medicine and interventional endoscopy at Barts Health NHS Trust.
“I have published widely in peer reviewed international journals”
I have more than 30 publications on a broad range of subjects such as diagnostic testing, HPB medicine, Gastrointestinal Cancer, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, anaemia and gastrointestinal malignancy. I have the largest published experience in the UK of endoscopic gallbladder stenting as a non-operative procedure.
"I perform several hundred endoscopic procedures per year"
Alongside expertise in minimally invasive diagnostic techniques, I perform complex endoscopic procedures such as enteral stenting and ERCP using advanced endoscopic techniques that avoid the need for formal surgery.
"I joined DMC in 2017"
It was proving very difficult to get every list filled over the weekend with good quality endoscopists. So the transition to DMC meant that we were able to get 3 rooms working every Saturday and Sunday with good quality endoscopists offering a high standard of care.
I work for DMC at the weekend and I was able to witness how things were before and how they are after. I can point out that we are offering improved levels of endoscopy competence and we are better able to meet the waiting list demands which were not able to be met previously.
"The DMC team is a nice family"
We’ve been working together for a few years now and we all get on really well. There’s the odd social event and we enjoy working with each other. We have fun, in addition to working hard.
"We work to very high standards at DMC”
As an insourcing company, I’ve worked for others and it’s much more enjoyable to work with DMC. We are committed to high quality endoscopists, nurses and coordinators. That’s one of the key strengths of DMC. There are no weaknesses in the chain with DMC.
“I’m really proud of our waiting list work”
We have done really well to significantly reduce our waiting lists despite the COVID pandemic and have delivered high quality care. We have diagnosed countless numbers of patients with serious gastrointestinal conditions who have gone on to have successful treatment.