Professor Aftab Ala, Gastroenterologist in Surrey and South East

Consultant Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist in Surrey

About Professor Ala



GMC number: 3567533
Practising since: 1992


General (internal) Medicine




Professor Ala is a Consultant Physician at the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Royal Surrey County Hospital since 2015. He is Professor of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at University of Surrey, Guildford and Professor of Hepatology at Institute of Liver Studies at Kings College Hospital, London. He qualified from Charing Cross & Westminster (Imperial College Medical School), London in 1992.

He trained in specialist Gastroenterology and Hepatology at King's and Royal Free Hospitals London, before being awarded an Advanced Hepatology Fellowship at Mount Sinai Hospital New York, USA 2003-4 with a focus on rare liver diseases and liver/bowel transplantation. He was awarded a PhD from University College, London winning a Welcome Trust Research Training fellowship in immune and inflammatory mechanisms linking liver and gut disease.

Professor Ala is qualified to perform a wide range of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures in endoscopy, colonoscopy and fibroscan. His recognised expertise is in the diagnosis, treatment and management of gastroenterology, liver and pancreato-biliary disease (HPB) and cancer. The Royal Surrey County Hospital is one of the National HPB and Hepatology centres. Collectively, Professor Ala has written or contributed to over 100 peer reviewed international publications and oral presentations.


Treatments and Tests

  • Gastrointestinal tract
  • Liver
  • Colonoscopy
  • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
  • Diagnostic endoscopy
  • Therapeutic Endoscopy
  • Fibroscan




Professor Ala is Chair of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at University of Surrey and Professor of Hepatology at Institute of Liver Studies at Kings College Hospital, London. He is Principal and Chief investigator in national and multicentre international clinical trials and research related to:

  • liver disease including hepatitis, fatty, alcohol,  autoimmune and rare diseases
  • gastrointestinal inflammation
  • liver cancer
  • health inequality

His research is funded by the National Institute for Health and Research (NIHR). Professor Ala actively supervises clinical research fellows on the MD/PhD Research Programme in Clinical and Experimental Medicine related to Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the University of Surrey, and has established international collaborative links to key European and North American Medical Centres.

Professor Ala is supported by a number of international, national and regional grants. 


Scientific Publications

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  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, London
  • British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG)
  • British Association for the Study of the Liver (BASL)
  • Special interest Group (SIG) Wilson's Disease of BASL
  • American Association for the Study of the Liver (AASLD)
  • European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL)


Posts Held

  • Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust 
    Clinical Lead Gastroenterology & Hepatology
  • National Institute for Health & Research Lead Hepatology (Kent, Surrey, Sussex Network)
    Professor of Gastroenterology & Hepatology, University of Surrey
  • Kings College Hospital
    Professor of Hepatology at Institute of Liver Studies at Kings College Hospital, London

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If you would like to see a liver specialist or gastroenterologist in Surrey and the South East, please get in touch to book a consultation with Professor Ala.

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