I’m called Udi by friends and staff, and Dr Udi by patients. Udi is a shortened version of my first name Ehoud.
Born in Israel to a Dutch mother and a Jewish Iraqi father, I came to London in 1969 aged 8 with my parents and younger brother. My father, a journalist had a 10 month posting. My parents loved London and we stayed, becoming citizens in 1974.
I trained in Bristol University Medical School qualifying in 1984. At that time junior doctors moved hospital frequently and I worked in Plymouth, Taunton, Nottingham, and Derby. Passing my MRCP exam in 1987 I became a medical registrar in Peterborough and subsequently Leicester.
Unable to decide between Gastroenterology and Diabetes I did my MD in Newcastle on Glucose metabolism in Cirrhosis. For a while I got the research bug, and followed my MD with a Medical Research Council clinical fellowship in Newcastle and Oxford Universities. But all my clever ideas turned to dust.
A job came up in Northampton and I have been a Consultant Physician and Gastroenterologist at Northampton General Hospital since 1995. For 5 of those years I was Clinical Director of General Medicine and A&E. For the last four years I have concentrated on clinical work and teaching dividing my time between general medical emergency care, endoscopy including bowel cancer screening, and general gastroenterology. I hope never to retire.
My book on IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome - Answers at your finger tips, Class Health Publishing ) designed to help patients understand and self manage their condition was published in 2010. A second edition is available and has been selected by the Reading Well Agency for the Books on Prescription Scheme.