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Upper GI Cancer Team

Introduction to the Upper GI Team (Gastric & Oesophageal Service)

The Upper GI Team offers a specialist service for patients with oesophageal or gastric cancer.

As a joint specialist centre for oesophageal and gastric surgery with the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, our aim is to provide a high quality multi-professional approach offering individualized care to all patients referred to the specialist centre.

We accept referrals for surgical interventions from hospitals within the pan Birmingham cancer network; we provide this service for a population of over 1.8 million.

The Heart Of England specialist team covers referrals from City, Solihull Good Hope Hospitals.

Introduction to the Upper GI Team (Hepatobillary Service)

As well as a specialist service for Gastric and oesophageal cancers, The UGI team also provide a local service to diagnose hepatobillary cancers including liver, pancreas, gallbladder duodenum and biliary tract. We have a local meeting once a  week at Heartlands Hospital, where we discuss patients who have an Hepatobillary cancer/ abnormality.

About the team

The Upper GI specialist team is made up of a multi-disciplinary group of professional and clinical personnel whose aim is to care for patients with an Upper GI cancer.

Based at Heartlands, we have UGI laparoscopic surgeons, thoracic surgeons, a medical oncologist, gastroenterologists, radiologists, histopathologists, Upper GI Macmillan Nurses and an MDT Co-ordinator.

The specialist team has a joint meeting with the specialist team from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital on a Wednesday afternoon. In the meeting we have a multidisciplinary team discussion involving expert advice from Surgeons, oncologists, Radiologists, Histopathologists and clinical nurse specialists to decide the best treatment plan for all patients with oesophageal and gastric cancers, based on best evidence and best outcomes.

The Specialist Team – Heartlands 

Consultant Surgeons
Mr M Richardson
Mr R Steyn
Mr R Nijjar

Consultant Oncologist
Dr J Thompson
Dr M Tsalic

Consultant Gastroenterologists
Dr P Wilson

Consultant Radiologists
Dr L Morus
Dr A Pallan
Dr B Miller

Clinical Nurse Specialists
Rachel Hodges
Jo Callan
Nuala Walters

The role of the Upper GI specialist nurse

Within the Heart of England specialist UGI Team we have three clinical nurse specialists. Their role is to act as a key worker and care for patients with gastric, oesophageal or hepatobiliary cancer. The Nurses will provide you with ongoing support through your cancer treatment and can provide you and your carers with advice and information about investigations, procedures, treatments, support organizations and any other services you may benefit from.

The Role of the MDT co-ordinator

The MDT co-ordinator, co-ordinates the multidisciplinary team meetings and helps co-ordinate investigations and treatment for patients with an UGI cancer ensuring the team is working to Department of Health standards and to government targets for patients with cancer.

How to contact the Upper GI team


Mr M Richardson 0121 42 40431

Mr R Nijjar 0121 42 43230

Mr R Steyn 0121 42 42562

Gastroenterology secretaries 0121 42 40692

Cancer Nurse Specialists 0121 42 40570 (Heartlands) 0121 42 49573 (Good hope)

Endoscopy 0121 42 43427 (Heartlands) 0121 42 44394 (Solihull) 0121 42 49166 (Good hope)

Useful Links

Oesophageal Patients Association

Leaflets, Telephone advice and support

0121 704 9860 9am – 5pm (Monday to Friday)

Cancer Bacup

Information, practical advice and emotional support

Contact by telephone 0800 800 1234 (Monday-Friday 9am-7pm)

Macmillan Cancer Relief

Contact by telephone 0808 808 2020 (Monday – Friday 9am-6pm)

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