Dr Matthew Kurien


Clinical Medicine, School of Medicine and Population Health

Senior Clinical Lecturer in Gastroenterology

Honorary Consultant Gastroenterologist

+44 114 226 6288 (NHS Secretary)

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Dr Matthew Kurien
Clinical Medicine, School of Medicine and Population Health
Northern General Hospital
Herries Road
S5 7AU

For enquiries please contact - ClinMed-Operational@sheffield.ac.uk

I am a Senior Clinical Lecturer and Honorary Consultant Gastroenterologist, appointed at the University of Sheffield in 2014.

After qualifying in medicine in 2003, I pursued postgraduate medical training in South Yorkshire. I then sought a formal grounding in pedagogy, completing a Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Education from the University of Nottingham in 2010.

A commitment to research and academia helped propel me towards a Bardhan Research and Education Trust fellowship later that year. This clinical research post allowed me to make valuable contributions in gastrostomy feeding and coeliac disease. These were recognised with prestigious accolades, including the 2016 Julie Wallace Award from the Nutrition Society.

Now as a Senior Clinical Lecturer, the focus of both my clinical and academic work is in the early detection of bowel cancer.

Research interests

My research is currently dedicated towards advancing the early detection of bowel cancer and addressing health inequalities. This has included evaluating the clinical impact and optimal use of faecal immunochemical tests (FIT) in symptomatic populations. Insights around the performance characteristics of quantitative FIT testing have recently been explored, alongside barriers to identifying bowel cancer.

I am currently co-leading a feasibility trial (DETECT-CRC) investigating whether high-street pharmacies could improve bowel cancer detection rates in socioeconomically deprived communities in South Yorkshire. This under-served group are recognised to have disparities in bowel cancer detection, as well as poorer subsequent health outcomes. This innovative study will assess community pharmacy-supported faecal immunochemical test distribution. The research has obtained funding through Yorkshire Cancer Research, and holds promise to expand life-saving early detection efforts among a recognised population group facing inequality.


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Teaching interests

I utilise my gastroenterology and oncology expertise to train at different levels within the medical education programme at the University of Sheffield. I have an integral role in coordinating foundational gastrointestinal instruction for Phase 1 students, as co-lead of the Gastrointestinal and Liver Module.

Additionally,  I serve as Deputy Lead for the Cancer Epidemiology Module within the Masters in Translational Oncology program.

Beyond large-group education, I am a PATS (Personal Academic Tutor System) Tutor for students across the undergraduate programme, and examine regularly for medical school entry, Phase 2b and Phase 4.

Professional activities and memberships
  • British Society of Gastroenterology Committee Member (2023- 2026)
  • Lower GI Gastroenterology Colorectal Cancer Lead (Sheffield Teaching Hospitals)
  • Clinical Advisor to the External Assessment Group on the 2023 NICE Diagnostics guidance [DG56] on faecal immunochemical testing.