Alan Desmond, MB BCh BMedSC MRCPI FRCP
Consultant Gastroenterologist, Torbay Hospital, South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, England
Lead Clinician and IBD Clinical Lead, Devon Gut Clinic, Mount Stuart Hospital, England
Advisory Board Member, Plant-based Health Professionals UK
Author or co-author, 14 academic publications
Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, November 2017
Dr. Alan Desmond is dedicated to educating the public on the health benefits of a whole-food plant-based diet, and this is reflected in his recent book, "The Plant-Based Diet Revolution: 28 days to a happier gut and a healthier you". He has made evidence-based dietary advice an essential part of his practice as a doctor specializing in gut health problems. He has presented at numerous international conferences, and is an Ambassador for Plant-Based Health Professionals UK, a not-for-profit group whose work focuses on policy makers, professionals and public alike. In the Spring of 2020, he suspended his practice as a gastroenterologist to work on his hospital’s coronavirus unit, witnessing first-hand the devastating effects of this new disease on his patients.
Dr. Desmond, who is certified both in Gastroenterology and General Internal Medicine, completed his specialist training in Ireland and Oxford, and has a specialty interest in the role of diet in the prevention and treatment of Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis. A member of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, and a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, London, he has published several influential research papers in the field of Inflammatory Bowel Disease. He is a dedicated advocate for the gut health benefits, and overall health benefits, of a whole-food plant-based approach to nutrition. He shares information about his own plant-based meals alongside the latest research in nutritional science and health on all major social media platforms.