Stephen Stewart is a Consultant Hepatologist in the Mater Hospital and Director of the Centre for Liver Disease. He trained in Edinburgh, Newcastle and Dublin and was a Transplant Hepatology Consultant in the UK before returning to Ireland in 2010. His major clinical and research interest is alcoholic liver disease, having obtained a PhD in this area in 2004 as a Medical Research Council Clinical Training Fellow. From 2007-2010 he was the Clinical Advisor for Alcohol Use Disorders to the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) producing recommendations for clinical management of physical harms associated with alcohol misuse. He has ongoing research programmes in the use of novel markers to determine prognosis in cirrhosis from all aetiologies, and the utility of radiological tools to determine prognosis post-treatment of hepatitis C.
Having spent most of his career so far managing patients with end stage liver disease, he is now spending more time focussing on prevention. With a group representing the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland he has produced recommendations around minimum pricing, availability and sponsorship of alcohol. Their greatest achievements to date have been the withdrawal of Arthur’s day and the move towards a Public Health Bill on Alcohol.
As well as liver disease, Stephen performs and teaches endoscopy, including ERCP, and is one of two gastroenterologists involved in colon cancer screening in the Mater.