Swansea University Medical School lecturer wins BSG Young Gastroenterologist of the Year award

Dr Laith Alrubaiy, a Clinical Lecturer in Medicine and Gastroenterology at Swansea University Medical School, has been named Young Gastroenterologist of the Year after being identified as a potential emerging leader by the British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG).

This prestigious award is designed to identify a talented gastroenterologist nationally in order to promote leadership in gastroenterology for the future.

This award comes after a series of innovations, which included the development of research projects into improving patients’ quality of life in gastroenterology that he and Professor John Williams of the Medical School have built with hospitals in Wales and across the UK.

Dr Alrubaiy’s worked as the chair of the trainees’ section of the British Society of Gastroenterology to represent more than 800 young members across the UK, and to produce new educational resources and training courses for junior doctors.

Dr Laith Alrubaiy

Originally from Iraq, Dr Alrubaiy (pictured) graduated from Basra School of Medicine, before being receiving two prestigious scholarships which allowed him to study at King’s College London, State University of New York, and Emory University. He began working in Wales in 2007.

On receiving his award, Dr Alrubaiy said: “I am very proud to be the first doctor from Wales to be given this award. It is an acknowledgement of the team work I have been part of during my career working with colleagues in Swansea University, the Royal College of Physicians, British Society of Gastroenterology, Welsh Association of Gastroenterology and Endoscopy, and the NHS. This means a lot to me, and highpoints the positive contribution that Welsh junior doctors have on leadership and research, and on medical education for medical professionals.

“I hope that other junior doctors in Wales will see this award and will be encouraged to be innovative and future leaders in healthcare and research, which will eventually improve the quality of the health services our patients receive.

“I have worked with Professor John Williams and Professor Hayley Hutchings at Swansea University since 2010 as my PhD supervisors and mentors. Working with them has given me a great insight on how to use technology and innovation to improve health services and quality of life for patients. I would like to thank Professor Williams and Professor Hutchings, all my colleagues and patients for their support”.