About the Author
Stuart Bloom was educated at Oxford and St Thomas' Hospital, London. He trained in general medicine and gastroenterology in London, Oxford and Liverpool and spent four years in full time research at the Institute of Molecular Medicine in Oxford. He was appointed Consultant Physician and Gastroenterologist to UCL hospitals in July 1996. Within gastroenterology, he is particularly interested in the field of inflammatory bowel disease and research into its underlying mechanisms. George Webster is a Consultant in Gastroenterology and Pancreaticobiliary Medicine at UCLH, and an Honorary Senior Lecturer in Hepatobiliary Medicine within the Department of Medicine at UCL. His areas of clinical and research interest include hepatology, pancreaticobiliary medicine, and interventional endoscopy (particularly ERCP). To date he has published 20 peer reviewed papers, 6 review articles, and 7 book chapters. He has a longstanding interest in education, including the co-ordination of undergraduate hepatology/gastroenterology teaching at UCLH, regular lecturing for the MRCP exam, and consultant-directed teaching on a number of courses, including within UCL and The Royal College of Physicians. He is also actively involved in the hands-on training of registrars in ERCP and interventional endoscopy.