Professor David S Sanders


Clinical Medicine, School of Medicine and Population Health

Honorary Professor of Gastroenterology

Honorary Professor of Gastroenterology
+44 114 226 1179

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Professor David S Sanders
Clinical Medicine, School of Medicine and Population Health
P39 Royal Hallamshire Hospital
The Medical School
Beech Hill Road
S10 2RX

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I joined the University of Sheffield in 2002 and I am currently an Honorary Professor of Gastroenterology and a Consultant Gastroenterologist at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust & the University of Sheffield. I lead the Academic Unit of Gastroenterology which is one of the premier GI Centres in the UK.I have published >400 peer reviewed papers (H-score >60).

My clinical work is with patients who have coeliac disease and I have been fortunate to be awarded the Coeliac UK Healthcare Professional of the Year Award (2010) & the inaugural Complete Nutrition Coeliac Health Care Professional Award (2013).

I work with amazing colleagues as part of the Sheffield Gastroenterology Team and we have been recognised for our standards of care. The Small Bowel Endoscopy Service won one of the inaugural British Society of Gastroenterology National GI Care awards (2011) & the Medipex award (2013).

In 2012 the PEG team won both Health Service Journal primary care and integrated clinical care awards. In 2014 the Hallamshire Gastroenterology team, won one of the SAGE (Shire Awards for Gastrointestinal Excellence) awards for their primary care and GI bleed unit services. The Sheffield Unit has recently been recognised as the Rare diseases collaborative Network National Centre for Refractory Coeliac Disease (NHS England).

Research interests

I am internationally recognised for my work in coeliac disease, percutaneous gastrostomy feeding (PEG) and small bowel endoscopy.

My other research interests include pancreatic exocrine insufficiency, irritable bowel syndrome and gastrointestinal bleeding. I have received a number of research awards: European Rising Star Award (2010), Cuthbertson Medal (2011) and Silver Medal in 2017 (the latter two awards from the UK Nutrition Society), Swedish Gastroenterology Society Bengt Ihre Medal (2017) and most recently the BSG Hopkins prize for Endoscopy (2019).


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Conference proceedings papers


  • Hadjivassiliou , Leeds JS, Hopper AD, Tesfaye S & Sanders DS (2008) Potential coelaic disease in type 1 diabetes mellitus: Does a positive antibody lead to increased complications?. RIS download Bibtex download
Research group

MD Students

  • Jen Cambell
  • Michelle Lau
Teaching interests

I teach and lecture extensively within the UK and Internationally on post-graduate courses. I also give invited public lectures. This is linked to the public interest in gluten, which inspired me to write ‘Gluten Attack’ a book published by Random House Penguin which has received critical acclaim. 

Professional activities and memberships

I am the current Chair of the Coeliac UK Health Advisory Council & Board member of the European Society for study of Coeliac Disease (ESsCD). Previous roles include chair of the British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG) Small Bowel and Nutrition Section (2006-2012), BSG Audit Committee (2010-2013), BSG Council Member 2016-19 and President of the International Society for the Study of Coeliac Disease 2015-2019 (ISSCD).