He is qualified in endoscopy, managing general and complicated gastroenterology/liver problems including gastrointestinal inflammation, liver disease, treatment of viral hepatitis and hepato-pancreatico-biliary (HPB) disease/cancer.
He works with dedicated members of the regional multi-disciplinary team of surgeons, pathologists, radiologists and oncologists.
Training and Appointment
Having graduated from Charing Cross & Westminster Hospitals in 1992, he completed postgraduate clinical studies at King’s College Hospital.
He underwent Gastroenterology and Hepatology training at King’s College and Royal Free Hospital before undertaking an Advanced Liver Fellowship at Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, USA focused on liver and bowel transplantation, rare diseases, viral hepatitis.
His PhD award from University College London focused on common immune and inflammatory mechanisms underlying gut and liver disease.
Professor Ala is the South East Coast England National Institute for Health and Research (NIHR) Lead for liver disease, member of the NICE Team in developing the 2013 Guidelines Hepatitis B management, NHS England Hepatitis C Advisory Group, Clinical Reference Group (CRG) representative for liver, bile duct and pancreatic disease.
He is an examiner for the Royal College of Physicians, London.
Professor Ala’s clinical and research experience was recognised by the award of the Royal College of Physicians Dame Sheila Sherlock Travelling Fellowship.
He received the Welcome Trust Research Training Fellowship, National Gilead Fellowship in recognition of his community outreach research and viral hepatitis in high risk populations.