Sheffield Ambassador scoops national award

Sheffield Ambassador scoops national award

25 October 2017

Gut expert and Sheffield Conference Ambassador David Sanders has added another prestigious national award to his department’s collection.

David, who works as a Consultant Gastroenterologist at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital and Professor of Gastroenterology at the University of Sheffield, was named Clinical Nutrition Professional of the Year 2017 for his dedication to the field, including work on coeliac disease, irritable bowel syndrome and gluten sensitivity.

This is one of 17 national and international research and clinical awards that the Hallamshire’s gastroenterology unit has won in the last decade – a feat David describes as ‘astonishing’.

“This award doesn’t just reflect me,” he says. “It reflects all the people around me and our mentality of doing things at the highest level, which is for patients first and foremost. By doing research and providing high standards for clinical services, everything else follows.”

David was the first professor of gut medicine in Sheffield and is now proud to be joined by three more. Together, they are at the forefront of research into innovative new techniques for diagnosing digestive disorders. A current focus is creating a pill-type replacement for the ‘unpleasant, invasive and uncomfortable’ camera tests currently used for endoscopy.

This work – along with other cutting-edge research – is presented at David’s regular Sheffield Gastroenterology Symposium at the Holiday Inn Royal Victoria, the largest event of its kind with more than 200 delegates.

“Meetings of this calibre are really important because they allow people to immediately access what’s new,” explains David, who regularly calls on the expertise of the Sheffield Ambassador Programme to help organise his events. “The popularity of it reflects very positively not just on the gut department but on the hospital, the university and Sheffield as a whole.

“The meetings showcase Sheffield beautifully and we find over and over again that people are so impressed with the city that they leave with a very different opinion than the one they came with.”

You can follow the gastroenterology unit’s progress on the @ShefGastro Twitter feed and read more about David’s remarkable career at

The Sheffield Ambassador Programme is searching for more people like David to become ambassadors. If you bring conferences to the city, or would like to, you could benefit from the free, expert support available.

You can find out more here. Or if you’d like to speak to someone about becoming a Sheffield Conference Ambassador, call Gemma Tissington on 0114 273 5978 or email