After graduating from University of Birmingham (MBChB 1985) and obtaining MRCP (UK) in 1988. Chris was awarded MD by University of Leicester, in 1993, for the study of the epidemiology of inflammatory bowel disease in South Asian migrants.
Chris undertook a BDF (now CORE) funded research fellowship at Harvard for 2 years, with Prof Rick Blumberg, studying the mucosal immunology of inflammatory bowel disease.
After this fellowship, Chris was appointed to the post of Senior Lecturer, then Reader, in the Department of Medicine at University of Bristol. He was clinical lead for gastroenterology, and later for inflammatory bowel diseases, at University Hospital Bristol NHS Foundation Trust.
In 2007, Chris was appointed to the chair of gastroenterology in Bristol. In 2011, he was appointed Professor of Gastroenterology at University of Liverpool. He has a major research interest in the study of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) for disease diagnosis, funded by Wellcome Trust and Cancer Research UK.
He has published 140 original papers and >45 reviews in peer-reviewed manuscripts, he has edited 5 textbooks and contributed to many others.
He was Vice Chair of the Clinical Advisor’s Committee of Crohn’s and Colitis UK (NACC) and recent past-chair of the IBD Committee of the BSG.