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Dr Robert Willert

Consultant Gastroenterologist


BSc (Hons), MBCHB (Hons), FRCP, PhD

Special Interests:

Bowel Cancer Screening, Barrett’s Oesophagus, Advanced Therapeutic Endoscopy (EUS, Double Balloon Enteroscopy, Complex Polypectomy/EMR & HALO radiofrequency ablation) and Inflammatory Bowel Disease.


Dr Willert is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London and was appointed as a Consultant Gastroenterologist at Manchester Royal Infirmary in 2008.

He completed a joint physiology/pharmacology degree with first class honours in 1993 and qualified in medicine with honours in 1996. He subsequently completed a PhD in gastrointestinal pharmacology in 2004. In 2006 he was awarded an international research fellowship in Perth, Western Australia at the specialist inflammatory bowel disease centre where he trained in complex inflammatory bowel disease management as well as advanced endoscopic procedures including endoscopic ultrasound, endoscopic mucosal resection, HALO radiofrequency ablation and double balloon enteroscopy.

Dr Willert specialises in the management of patients with digestive disorders of the luminal gastrointestinal tract (oesophagus, stomach, small bowel and colon). This includes the diagnosis and management of heartburn (gastro oesophageal reflux disease), indigestion (dyspepsia), abdominal pain, diarrhoea and constipation as well as the investigation and nutritional management of weight loss. He has specialist expertise in the endoscopic diagnosis and endoscopic therapy of heartburn and Barrett’s oesophagus. He provides BRAVO wireless pH assessment for oesophageal reflux and endoscopic mucosal resection and HALO radiofrequency ablation therapy for Barrett’s (as a tertiary service for Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Cheshire).

He is the clinical director for the Manchester bowel cancer screening programme and a nationally accredited bowel cancer screening expert colonoscopist for which he provides a weekly regional screening colonoscopy and advanced polypectomy / EMR service for patients across the conurbation.

He is a national expert in double balloon enteroscopy for the management of small bowel disorders and provides a regional service across the North West as well as being an endoscopy trainer for the regions junior doctors.

In addition, given his BSc and PhD background he has a specialist interest in the pharmacological management of all gastrointestinal disorders including both simple and complex inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, gastro-oesophageal reflux and constipation. He has published original research widely and continues to do so and is a national speaker on gastrointestinal disorders. He has ongoing clinical research studies in Barrett’s oesophagus and inflammatory bowel disease and is an honorary senior lecturer at the University of Manchester.

Contact details:

PA: Su Stringer 0161 276 7992