Dr Mark Austin

MB ChB, BSc (hons), FRCP (UK)

Gastroenterology
Hepatology, Endoscopy

Main Speciality

Gastroenterology

Sub Speciality

Hepatology
Endoscopy – OGD (diagnostic and therapeutic), flexible sigmoidoscopy (including banding of haemorrhoids), EUS, ERCP, spyglass cholangioscopy, colonoscopy (biopsy and polypectomy)
General Internal Medicine

Clinical interests

General Gastroenterology including investigation and management of patients with gastrointestinal problems. These include irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), dietary sensitivity and food allergy, indigestion, heart burn, hiatus hernia, swallowing problems or abdominal pain. Dr Austin will help manage problems with diarrhoea, constipation, changes in bowel habit with or without rectal bleeding. If you already have a diagnosis of Irritable bowel syndrome or Inflammatory bowel disease, Dr Austin will talk through your diagnosis and management.  Dr Austin has a sub specialty interest and training in managing patients will liver disease including alcohol related liver disease and particularly in managing patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. He will see patients with any aspects of liver disease including drug induced liver injury, hepatitis or jaundice.

Dr Austin is an advanced interventional endoscopist he undertakes all endoscopic procedures including gastroscopy, sigmoidoscopy and colonoscopy. He also performs endoscopic investigations of the liver called ERCP including cholangioscopy and Endoscopic ultrasound. These procedures enable very close examination and investigation of the liver, gallbladder and bile ducts.

Current memberships

British Society of Gastroenterology
Royal College of Physicians
European Association for the Study of the Liver
American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
Medical Defence Union

Professional Profile

Dr Austin is a specialist in gastroenterology, hepatology and endoscopy at Brighton and Sussex University Hospital Trust. He was appointed as an NHS consultant in 2010.

He completed his gastroenterology training in London at Kings College Hospital and St Thomas’ Hospital. Dr Austin spent 6 years working at the Liver Unit at Kings College hospital looking after patients with liver disease before and after liver transplantation. He completed his research in survival characteristics of patients with end stage liver disease the results of his research were published and presented at national and international meetings.

Dr Austin has a keen interest in advanced endoscopy and performs all aspects of both diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy. He is the clinical lead for endoscopy at Brighton and Sussex University Trust and set up the hepatobiliary endoscopic ultrasound service, spyglass cholangioscopy and introduced the enhanced sedation/anaesthetic endoscopy list in the trust. Recently he has transformed the colorectal referral pathway enabling rapid access and diagnosis of patients with lower gastrointestinal symptoms.

Dr Austin is involved in teaching and management. He is the director of the annual South East endoscopy symposium and teaches and trains doctors in all aspects of endoscopy. He has taught these skills internationally and within the UK.

Personal Profile

Dr Austin is married with 3 young children. He enjoys being a husband and father, gardening and outdoor pursuits including cycling, skiing and watching the Seagulls.

Clinic availability

Monday evenings.