Dr Jude Oben is a leading consultant gastroenterologist in London who also specialises in hepatology (liver medicine). His areas of interests across both specialties include endoscopy, obesity, abnormal liver function tests, Intra-gastric balloon, abdominal pain, irritable bowel syndrome and Crohn’s disease.
Dr Oben has a PhD in Pharmacology from University College London. He studied Medicine at Oxford with a period at Stanford University, Palo Alto, USA, as a research fellow in Immunology. After Oxford, his initial Postgraduate Medical training was at the Hammersmith Hospital, Imperial College London, followed by training in Ophthalmology (Eye Surgery). During his specialist medical registrar training, he re-oriented his research career with two years as a postdoctoral fellow at John Hopkins University, USA.
At Johns Hopkins, Dr Oben combined his previous interest in neuroscience with liver medicine and with a particular focus on obesity-related liver disease. After his time at John Hopkins, he was awarded a Wellcome Trust Fellowship in London to start independent research at University College London. He is currently an Associate Professor in Hepatology at University College London, Institute for Liver and Digestive Health, Royal Free Hospital, London.
Dr Oben is a co-founder and Trustee of the Obesity Action launched at the House of Lords. The primary aim of Obesity Action is to raise political and public awareness of obesity and it’s health consequences. He is an invited member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Obesity.