Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Physics

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612, (Photonics Group)Blackett LaboratorySouth Kensington Campus





Sergio Coda is a Consultant Specialist Gastrointestinal Endoscopist and Deputy Director for Bowel Cancer Screening at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust.  He joined Imperial College London in June 2009 working between the Photonics Group (Physics) and the Endoscopy Unit at Charing Cross Hospital, where he pioneered the clinical application of a novel spectrofluorometer for studying tissue autofluorescence, which led to the award of a PhD in February 2014.

His specialist interests include early endoscopic detection and treatment of pre-neoplastic lesions and early cancers throughout the gastrointestinal tract. His research interests are focused on the clinical translation of new biophotonics techniques such as fluorescence lifetime imaging and spectroscopy, and on hybrid endoscopic/surgical minimally-invasive therapeutic procedures.  As one of the clinicians of the Photonics Group, he contributes to help design and implement clinically viable FLIM/FLS instruments and protocols and to evaluate their performance. He also aims to address the open question of the origin of the malignancy-associated lifetime contrast that has been observed ex vivo but which has never been confirmed in vivo. He has pioneered the clinical application of a novel, compact, FLS fibre-optic probe system developed in the Photonics Group for studying tissue autofluorescence in vivo.

He trained at “La Sapienza” University of Rome with an exclusive commitment to interventional endoscopy.  He then pursued advanced training for endoscopic resection and dissection (EMR & ESD) of early cancers at the National Cancer Center Hospital of Tokyo.  He conducted one of the first evaluations of the safety and feasibility of ESD in a Western setting and he is considered to be one of the pioneers of the Endoscopic Submucosal Dissection (ESD) technique in Europe. 

Dr Coda authored over 30 papers and 4 book chapters and has been awarded the 2013 EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellowship, the 2012 ASGE Cook Medical Marsha Dreyer Award, and the 2011 research prize of the European Federation of the International College of Surgeons.



Tziortziotis I, Laskaratos F-M, Coda S, 2021, Role of artificial intelligence in video capsule endoscopy, Diagnostics, Vol:11, ISSN:2075-4418, Pages:1-16

Hayee B, SCOTS II Project group, Bhandari P, et al., 2021, COVID-19 transmission following outpatient endoscopy during pandemic acceleration phase involving SARS-CoV-2 VOC 202012/01 variant in UK., Gut

Bedwani NH, English W, Coda S, et al., 2021, Developing a prioritization model for endoscopy and colorectal cancer 2-week wait referrals during the COVID-19 pandemic-is faecal immunochemical testing the answer?, British Journal of Surgery, Vol:108, ISSN:0007-1323, Pages:E18-E19

Hayee B, Thoufeeq M, Rees CJ, et al., 2020, Safely restarting GI endoscopy in the era of COVID-19, Gut, Vol:69, ISSN:0017-5749, Pages:2063-+

Hayee B, Thoufeeq M, Rees CJ, et al., 2020, Safely restarting GI endoscopy in the era of COVID-19, Gut, Vol:69, ISSN:0017-5749, Pages:2063-2070

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