Dr Ahmad qualified from Bristol University in 1992 and completed higher specialist training in gastroenterology in Oxford in 2005 where he developed particular interests in luminal gastroenterology, in particular inflammatory bowel disease.
Dr Ahmad was appointed to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital in 2007 where he leads the inflammatory bowel disease and nutrition services.
Dr Ahmad’s research interests are focused on the diagnosis, investigation and management of Inflammatory bowel disease (IBS). He was awarded a D. Phil from Oxford University in 2003 for his research into the genetics of IBD and now leads a research group in Exeter developing and implementing new genetic and serological tests to allow individualised patient treatment strategies to maximize benefit and minimise harm. He is the chief investigator of the nationwide NIHR portfolio PRED4 and PANTS studies.
Dr Ahmad is the Peninsula lead for NIHR gastroenterology research. In Exeter he leads a large clinical trials team investigating new therapies for patients with treatment refractory ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. In 2016 he was recognised with a NIHR leading commercial principal investigator award and elected as the UK national representative for the European Crohn’s and colitis organisation.
Dr Ahmad works closely with a number of local and national patient groups, in particular Crohn’s and colitis UK, from whom he have received research funding.