Consultant Gastroenterologist, Gastrointestinal (GI) Endoscopist and Trust-wide Clinical Lead at the Royal Free Unit for Endoscopy, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University College London (UCL) Institute for Liver and Digestive Health (Royal Free Campus). Specialist interests and clinical expertise include device-assisted enteroscopy (double-balloon enteroscopy (DBE) in particular), capsule endoscopy (CE), therapeutic colonoscopy (especially complex polypectomy, including endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR) and endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD)) and transnasal upper GI endoscopy. Also interested in the diagnosis and management of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and endoscopic management of IBD related complications (such as dilatation of small bowel and colonic strictures). Has undergone specialist and sub-specialist GI and advanced GI endoscopy training in the North East Thames training rotation of the London Deanery School of Medicine, at the Wolfson Unit for Endoscopy, St Mark’s Hospital and Academic Institute, London and in Japan.
Has received several national and international scholarships and bursaries relating to advanced GI endoscopy and has also been awarded MD(Res) (Imperial College London) for his thesis on research in this field. Has an on-going interest in academic GI endoscopy, authoring numerous peer-reviewed publications and book chapters and reviews and is a referee for several international GI endoscopy journals of high impact.
Dr Despott is also regularly invited as a speaker and live endoscopy demonstrator and hands-on trainer at national and international conferences and meetings and is a member of numerous international endoscopy guideline and education committees.
Also enjoys painting seascapes in oils and deep sea fishing.
Dr Despott graduated from the University of Malta (MD with distinction) in 1999. He was was awarded membership of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP(UK)) in 2003 and undertook his specialist training in gastroenterology and general (internal) medicine in the North East Thames training rotation of the London Deanery (2004-2011). He also undertook 3.5 years of sub-specialist training in advanced endoscopy at the Wolfson Unit for Endoscopy at St Mark's Hospital (London) during which time he also read for his post-graduate doctorate (MD(Res)) in advanced endoscopy at Imperial College London. He was awarded his post-graduate Specialist Certificate of Education in gastroenterology (MRCP(UK)(Gastroenterology)) in 2010 and was elected a fellow of the European Board of Gastroenterology and Hepatology (FEBGH) in 2012. In 2016, Dr Despott received the prestigious award of fellow of the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (FASGE). He has also undergone intensive training in advanced endoscopic techniques at various centres of international repute during his multiple training visits to Japan.