Professor Emad M El-Omar
Chair in Gastroenterology (Clinical)
Aberdeen University Scotland
Professor Emad El-Omar graduated with BSc (Hons) and MB ChB from Glasgow University, Scotland, in 1988. He trained in General Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology in Glasgow and gained dual accreditation in both in 1997. In 1995 he was awarded the degree of MD with honours and Bellahouston Medal, for his work on the effect of H. pylori infection on gastric acid secretion in man. In 1997, Professor El-Omar moved to the USA spending time in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, Tennessee, followed by two years at the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, National Cancer Institute, NIH, Bethesda, Maryland. In July 2000, Professor El-Omar took up the newly created Chair of Gastroenterology at Aberdeen University, Scotland. He is also an Honorary Consultant Physician with the NHS Grampian. Professor El-Omar is the Academic Development Coordinator for the School of Medicine and Dentistry, a role that allows him to mentor a large number of outstanding young clinician scientists and medical students. He is the Editor in Chief of the journal Gut. In March 2016, Professor El-Omar will take up the Chair of Medicine at St George & Sutherland Clinical School, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. His main research interests are in the role of microbially-induced inflammation in GI cancer and inflammatory bowel disease. His group has strong collaborations with national groups within the UK and international groups in the US, Europe, Asia and Australia.