Medico-legal curriculum vitae


Nicholas W. Read

Date of Birth:


year first appointed as a consultant:


Medico-legal experience (including % for Plaintiff and Defendant):

Between 10 and 20 cases of medical negligence (50/50 between plaintiff and defendant) and drug patents.

Special skills:

I have joint qualification as a consultant physician (gastroenterologist) and psychoanalytically trained psychotherapist. My practice tends to focus on functional gastrointestinal disorders, such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Functional Dyspepsia, Anorectal Disorders, and Eating Disorders; all illnesses that lie at the interface between mind and body (psychophysiological and psychosomatic disorders) and represent a bodily reaction to life events and situations. This perspective also gives me an insight into holistic and complementary therapies.
I was both a Professor of Gastrointestinal Physiology and Human Nutrition and have been consulted regarding dietary treatments, pharmaceutical claims and gut physiology.

Education & Qualifications:

  • MA. MB. BChir. Cambridge University (1964-7) and London Hospital (1967-70)
  • MD (Gastrointestinal Physiology) 1980
  • Registered Nutritionist 1995
  • MA in Psychoanalytical Psychotherapy (1997). UKCP registered.


  • General Medical Training 1970-72.
  • Specialist Training in Gastroenterology (1972-80)
  • Research Training in Gastrointestinal Physiology (1972-80)
  • Lecturer in Physiology, Sheffield University 1978-1990
  • Professor of Gastrointestinal Physiology 1988
  • Professor of Human Nutrition, Sheffield University, 1990-1998.
  • Masters Course in Psychoanalytical Psychotherapy 1993-1997.
  • Professor of Integrated Medicine, Sheffield University 1998-2002.


Over 500 original publications on gut physiology, eating behaviour, irritable bowel syndrome, bowel disorders. 11 books including Sick and Tired; Healing the Illnesses Doctors Cannot Cure, 2005. Weidenfeld and Nicholson and The Irritable Bowel Syndrome Self Management Programme.

Professional affiliations:

Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians
Member of the British Society of Gastroenterology (erstwhile member of Council)
Registered Nutritionist.
UKCP Registered Psychoanalytical Psychotherapist

Present appointment:

Consulting physician and Psychotherapist at Claremont Hospital, Sandygate Rd, Sheffield S10 5UB

Posts currently held:

Medical Adviser to the IBS Network


For enquiries about medico legal work, please contact me by email at:

or at the following address and phone numbers

35 Lister Street, Ilkley, West Yorkshire, LS29 9ET
phone:01943 608623
fax:01943 608623

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