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Oben, Jude – consultant hepatologist


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Secretary: Rosie Albutt
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  • Biography

    Dr Jude Oben is a leading consultant hepatologist based at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital and holds an additional consultant appointment in gastroenterology. He was previously a consultant hepatologist at the Royal Free Hospital and a Wellcome Trust intermediate fellow and senior lecturer. Most recently, Jude has been an associate professor in the institute for liver and digestive health at the University College London.

    Jude has a PhD in pharmacology from University College London. He studied medicine at Oxford with a period at Stanford University, Palo Alto, USA, with a post-doctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins University, USA.

    He is involved in all the most prominent current clinical trials in obesity related liver disease (non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, NAFLD).

  • Education and training

    Medical training

    • Oxford University – BM, BCh

    • Stanford University, Palo Alto, USA, Research Fellow – immunology

    • University College London – PhD in pharmacology

    Postgraduate medical training

    • Hammersmith Hospital (Imperial College) – cardiology and internal medicine 

    • Imperial/St Mary's – ophthalmology – eye surgery

    • St Thomas' Hospital – critical care and neurology

    Specialist medical registrar training: gastroenterology and hepatology

    • North east London rotation

    • John Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA, two years postdoctoral fellowship – hepatology
  • Specialist interests

    • Obesity related liver disease (ORLD), obesity, and metabolic endoscopy. St Thomas' Hospital is the only centre in London performing metabolic endoscopy as a modality for weight loss prior to oncological surgery, in treatment of dermatological conditions and in ORLD (NAFLD)


    • Invited member of all-party parliamentary advisory group on childhood obesity

    Invitations to speak

    • Academic (professional societies – national and international; royal colleges, Universities - national and international)

    • Over 200 press and television appearances


    • Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh: "But I don't eat anything doctor!" – November 2019

    • Royal College of Physicians, London: Birmingham – obesity and liver disease and emerging menace  November 2019

    • European Association for the Study of the Liver, Vienna: treating NAFLD with bariatric surgery or metabolic endoscopy  April 2019

    • Sky Television News: obesity and liver disease – May 2012-January 2019 (14 appearances)

    • Gastroenterology Week, Adelaide, Australia – September 2019

    • University of Nanchang, Jiangxi, China: obesity and liver disease in China – you are not immune! – December 2018

  • Awards


    • Wellcome Trust intermediate fellowship
    • Medical Research Council – industrial collaborative award in science and engineering European Union – European Union – Fp7 – carbalive award – co-investigator
    • Intercept pharmaceuticals
    • University College London grand challenge scheme – innate immune mechanisms in developmental programming of obesity induced liver disease
    • Fiorina Elliot award bursary: developmental programming in the pathogenesis of fatty pancreas disease
    • Royal Geographic Society expedition bursary
    • St Thomas' Charity – intra-gastric balloon and renal disease

    Pharmaceutical industry advisory board service

    • Bristol-Myer Squibb pharmaceuticals, cycle pharmaceuticals, gilead pharmaceuticals, intercept pharmaceuticals, Janssen pharmaceuticals, norgine pharmaceuticals

    Other professional activities (reviewer)

    • Alimentary pharmacology and therapeutics 
    • American journal of pathology
    • Clinical liver disease
    • Gut
    • Hepatology
    • Journal of hepatology                                                       
    • Liver International


    • currently an honorary associate professor in hepatology at University College London
  • Research interests

    • University College London, institute for liver and digestive health: neuroscience and hepatology – stellate cells and hepatic fibrosis plus mechanisms of obesity-related liver disease (ORLD) including trans-generational transmission of ORLD. Supervised to completion five post-doctoral fellows, three PhDs, one MD and eight intercalated BSc projects
    • King's College London, department of women and children's health, school of life course sciences - mechanisms of ORLD including trans-generational transmission of ORLD