Dr Rob Heuschkel
Consultant Paediatric Gastroenterologist, Addenbrooke’s Hospital
Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 0QQ
Tel: 01223 274827 Fax: 01223 586794
I trained at St Mary’s Hospital Medical School, London between 1985-1990.
I then trained in general paediatrics at Queen Elizabeth Hospital for Children in Hackney, East London and St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington. I then went back to train in paediatric gastroenterology at Queen Elizabeth’s in Hackney, St Bartholomew’s Hospital, as well as the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead. To complete my specialist training I spent 14 months at Boston Children’s and Harvard Medical School training in paediatric gastroenterology in 1999-2000.
I became a Consultant Paediatric Gastroenterologist in 2000, when I was appointed at the Royal Free Hospital, Hampstead, London. Since then I have been practising in a full-time NHS consultant role in London, and since 2008, at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge. At Addenbrookes I established a regional gastroenterology service for the East of England, where we now care for children with gut disease from birth through to the age of 16.
I now work as part of large team, which includes consultant colleagues, specialist nurses and therapists, all of whom deliver outstanding care to children with bowel, nutritional and liver problems from across the region. I have a particular interest in children with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), continuing a research interest by supporting a growing research program in our unit. We remain active in laboratory and clinical research, working on trying to understand what is causing the ever-increasing incidence of IBD in children.
In addition to dedicated IBD clinics, I continue to see children in general gastroenterology clinics on a weekly basis at Addenbrookes, where they attend with the full range of gut problems – from colic, recurrent abdominal pain and food intolerances, through to reflux and Crohn’s and colitis.
I have a conservative approach to investigation and treatment, using investigations to support clinical and treatment decisions. I frequently involve appropriate colleagues, including dietitians, psychologists and therapists as necessary.
I carry out diagnostic upper and lower endoscopies, all of these currently taking place on our regular weekly paediatric endoscopy lists at Addenbrookes Hospital.
Symptoms & conditions managed:
- Gastro-oesophageal reflux
- Loose stools
- Toddler’s diarrhoea
- Food intolerances (e.g. wheat, dairy, lactose)
- Rectal bleeding
- Abdominal pain
- Infant colic
- Feeding & nutrition difficulties
- Poor weight gain
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Licensure and Certification
Sub-speciality register for ‘Paediatric Gastroenterology’
Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
Royal College of Physicians (Paediatrics)
Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
General Medical Council [3468689 (8/1990)]
Clinical Research Program
1. The GEM project – international multi centre research project on Crohn’s Disease. Ongoing.
2. PROCEDE Trial – Validation of ESPGHAN Coeliac Disease Guidelines. Completed 2015.
3. Prospective, multi-centre study of Prucalopride use in children with Constipation
Recent Research Funding
10/2015 – 03/2016
The Evelyn Trust, Project Grant (Co-applicant), Development of the Human Mini-Gut model to study Paediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease Pathogenesis (Value: £45K)
05/2015 – 05/2018
Addenbrookes Charitable Trust ACT (Co-applicant), Improving Quality of Care for Children with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) at CUHFT– using Epic to join a US-based international quality improvement collaborative (ImproveCareNow).
01/2014 – 01/2016
Isaac Newton Trust / Wellcome Trust ISSF / University of Cambridge Joint Research Grants Scheme (Co-applicant); CD8+ T-cell gene expression and DNA methylation signatures as disease prognostic biomarker in Paediatric IBD (Value: £80K)
02/2014 – 02/2016
Crohn’s in Childhood Research Association (CICRA), Project Grant (Co-applicant), CD8+ T-cell gene expression signature as disease prognostic biomarker in Paediatric IBD (Value: £100K)
Clinical Director, Crohn’s in Childhood Research Association (CICRA)
Patron, Crohn’s and Colitis in Children (CCC)
Member, Gastroenterology Committee, European Society of Paediatric
Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition
Chair, Paediatric IBD Working Group
British Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition