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Dr Sarmed Sami
3rd floor
Charles Bell House
43-45 Foley Street
  • Clinical Associate Professor
  • Department of Targeted Intervention
  • Div of Surgery & Interventional Sci
  • Faculty of Medical Sciences
UCL Subsidiary Supervisor

Dr. Sarmed Sami is a Clinical Associate Professor and Honorary Consultant Gastroenterologist at University College London (UCL) and University College London Hospitals NHS Trust (UCH) with specific expertise in acid reflux symptoms, heartburn, GORD (or GERD), Barrett's oesophagus, and a wide range of gastroesophageal and gastrointestinal disorders. 

Sarmed is based at the UCL Faculty of Medical Sciences, #1 in London for Medicine and #10 in the world as a Faculty of Medical Sciences. Prior to that, he trained in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology at centres of excellence both in the UK (Nottingham) and the USA at Mayo Clinic Rochester which was recently ranked as the #1 hospital in the world! Sarmed also completed a prestigious National Endoscopy Research Fellowship at the NIHR Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre leading to the award of a PhD on the evaluation of minimally invasive screening tools for oesophageal varices and Barrett's oesophagus.  

Dr. Sami's clinical and research interests in Gastroenterology revolve around heartburn and acid reflux causes (such as hiatal hernia, hypotensive lower esophageal sphincter); consequences (such as Barrett's oesophagus and esophageal strictures); treatments (such as lifestyle changes, proton pump inhibitors, and hiatus hernia-directed therapies). As a Gastroenterologist, he is passionate about educating patients about their health including topics such as: oesophageal reflux disease and heartburn mechanisms, stomach acid production, how reflux occurs, and digestive and bowel health. 

Since being awarded his Post Graduate Certificate in Medical Education (PGCME) degree, he took on many teaching roles both in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching capacities as well as serving as a permanent and invited faculty member and speaker on several national and international courses and workshops.  

At a clinical care level, Dr. Sami is a comprehensively trained Gastroenterologist in all medical aspects of both upper GI (as detailed above) and other bowel diseases such as oesophageal and bowel cancer screening, irritable bowel syndrome, abdominal pain, inflammatory bowel disease (such as ulcerative colitis), and minimally invasive testing for the digestive tract. He previously co-led the set up and pilot delivery of a one stop transnasal endoscopy clinic. This has since been commissioned into a full service for all patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease, difficulty swallowing, chest pain, and other stomach and throat symptoms.  

Sarmed is proud to be the recipient of several awards including: the Cook Medical Marsha Dreyer award from the American Society for GI Endoscopy (ASGE); the British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG) out of programme award; and more recently, the Fellows-in-training award from the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG). He is also the lead author and co-author of over 40 high impact peer-reviewed publications and research abstracts in the field of Gastroenterology including the current UK guidelines on oesophageal dilatation. 






Research Summary

Dr. Sami's post-doctoral research is focused on addressing the current challenges in screening, detection, and therapy in Barrett’s oesophagus, oesophageal cancer and oesophageal varices. Details of my research experience are shown below:


  • Nottingham Hospitals Charity, Nottingham, UK (£320,000), 2015. 

  • Core-Olympus National Endoscopy Research Fellowship, Core charity UK (£180,000 funding for a 3-year PhD), 2013. This was collaborative grant between Nottingham, Cambridge, and the Swansea Centre for Health Economics.

Formal Research Training

  • University of Nottingham Postgraduate PhD training programme, 2012 - 2016.
  • Advanced meta-analysis, 2-day course, Bristol University, 2013.
  • Foundation course in health economics modelling, 2-day course, York Centre for Health Economics, 2013.
  • Statistical modelling using Stata, 3-day course, Imperial College London, 2012.
  • BSG Endoscopy Research Workshop, 2010.
  • Young Investigator workshop, 2010.
  • Research skills, 4-day course, 2010.
  • Data analysis and SPSS for researchers.

Teaching Summary

Sarmed has experience in many teaching roles both in the undergraduate and post graduate settings. He studied the science of teaching and medical education as part of a post graduate certificate degree which he thoroughly enjoyed. He has first-hand experience in the design and running of interventional endoscopy courses (programme, materials, lectures, hands-on training, feedback, quality improvement) as part of his roles both as course co-director and faculty member as detailed below.

Teaching qualifications

  • Post Graduate Certificate in Medical Education (PGCME), York University, UK, 2011.

Undergraduate teaching

  • Co-lead, professional clinical practice module, Medical Sciences and Engineering BSc, UCL, 2019-present. 
  • Co-supervisor, research project (1 medical student, manuscript published), University of Nottingham, 2013
  • Principal supervisor, research project (3 medical students, manuscript published), University of Nottingham, 2012.
  • Teaching Instructor, monthly sessions, Hull/York Medical School students, 2009-2011.

Post graduate teaching

  • Course co-director, The UCL Upper GI Symposium (UGIS), 2019-present.
  • Course co-director, Annual Nottingham Barrett’s Endotherapy Course, 2016-2017.
  • Faculty member, and hands-on instructor, Annual Nottingham Barrett’s Endotherapy Course, 2013-2017.
  • Faculty member, course coordinator, and hands-on instructor, Annual Nottingham Endoscopy Masterclass, 2013-2017.
  • Faculty member, Bi-annual TECNA course (Therapeutic Endoscopy Course for Nurse Assistants and Nurse Consultants), Manchester, 2013-present.
  • Faculty member and hands-on instructor (pig models), Annual Nottingham Upper GI Bleeding Management Course, 2013-2017.
  • Upper GI endoscopy trainer in advanced imaging techniques for junior Gastroenterology trainees and endoscopy fellows (4 trained), 2013-2016. 
  • Upper GI endoscopy trainer for nurse endoscopists (1 trained), 2014.

Academic Background
2015   Doctor of Philosophy University of Nottingham
2011   PGCertMedEd University of York
2008   Member of the Royal College of Physicians Royal College of Physicians
2007   European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) Not stated
2003   Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery University of Baghdad
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