Dr Laksh Ayaru has been a Consultant Gastroenterologist and Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust (Charing Cross and Hammersmith Hospitals) and Imperial College London respectively since his appointment in 2010. He is an expert therapeutic endoscopist, a nationally accredited colonoscopist on the bowel cancer screening programme and deputy director of West London (Imperial) bowel cancer screening center. Dr Ayaru is also an expert clinical advisor to The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).
He qualified from Guys and St Thomas’s medical school with distinction in 1995 and trained in gastroenterology mainly at University College and the Royal Free Hospitals from 2000-2008. Dr Ayaru then went on to subspecialise in advanced therapeutic endoscopy at the world endoscopy organization centre of excellence at St Michaels Hospital, Toronto led by Professor N Marcon achieving his fellowship certification in 2009.
His research training was with the NIH funded hepatopancreaticobiliary dysplasia and malignancy group headed by Dr S Pereira at The Institute of Hepatology, UCL and the CRUK Chromosomal Replication Group based at The Wolfson Institute for Biomedical Research, UCL led by Professor G Williams. He was awarded a PhD in Medicine from UCL in 2007 which was rated as outstanding.
Dr Ayaru's current research programme aims to develop novel risk stratification models and scores for acute gastrointestinal bleeding.
et al., 2023, Derivation and validation of a novel risk score to predict need for haemostatic intervention in acute upper gastrointestinal bleeding (London Haemostat Score), Bmj Open Gastroenterology, Vol:10, ISSN:2054-4774, Pages:1-9
et al., 2022, Does computer-aided diagnostic endoscopy improve the detection of commonly missed polyps? A meta-analysis, Clinical Endoscopy, Vol:55, ISSN:2234-2400, Pages:355-364
et al., 2021, Endoscopic full thickness resection in the colo-rectum: outcomes from the UK Registry, European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology, Vol:33, ISSN:0954-691X, Pages:852-858
et al., 2020, The evolution of lower gastrointestinal endoscopy; where are we now, Therapeutic Advances in Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Vol:13, Pages:1-16
et al., 2021, PERFORMANCE OF COMPUTER AIDED DETECTION SYSTEMS IN FLAT, SESSILE AND DIMINUITIVE ADENOMAS: A META-ANALYSIS, MOSBY-ELSEVIER, Pages:AB197-AB197, ISSN:0016-5107