Coleman, Dr Nicholas

Dr Nicholas ColemanDM FRCP




Functional and gastrointestinal motility disorders

Training and education

  • MBChB - University of Leeds, 1991
  • Membership of the Royal College of Physicians (UK) - 1994
  • West Midlands gastroenterology specialist registrar rotation - 1995 to 2004
  • DM thesis - University of Nottingham, 2001 to 2003
  • Member of the British Society of Gastroenterology - 2006
  • Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians - 2008


Dr Coleman has worked for the Trust since July 2004. He's currently the lead consultant for the gastroenterology and is responsible for overseeing the smooth and effective running of the department.

Dr Coleman's routine clinical work includes care of inpatients, outpatient clinics, and diagnostic upper and lower gastrointestinal endoscopy. He sees patients with the full range of upper and lower digestive problems. 

He's developed specialist expertise in functional and motility disorders of the gastrointestinal tract, including:

  • oesophageal motility disorders
  • gastro-oesophageal reflux
  • functional dyspepsia
  • gastroparesis
  • complications of gastrointestinal surgery
  • unexplained abdominal pain
  • intestinal pseudo-obstruction
  • irritable bowel syndrome
  • chronic constipation.

Dr Coleman is the clinical director of the oesophageal physiology unit and provides expert analysis and opinion on oesophageal pH, impedance and high resolution manometry studies. With surgical and respiratory colleagues he undertakes a joint clinic with expertise in managing the respiratory complications of reflux and swallowing disorders.

He has a particular interest in the management of IBS and chronic constipation and has presented and published in this field. Dr Coleman is a key member of the Southampton multidisciplinary pelvic floor team, dedicated to managing complex pelvic floor problems including incontinence and obstructed defaecation.

Key achievements

  • Lead clinician for the department of gastroenterology
  • Clinical lead for the upper gastrointestinal physiology service
  • Member of the pelvic floor multidisciplinary team


Dr Coleman's publications include:

Original articles

  • Management of irritable bowel syndrome in primary care: feasibility randomised controlled trial of mebeverine, methylcellulose, placebo and a patient self-management cognitive behavioural therapy website. Everitt HA, Moss-Morris RE, Sibelli A, Tapp L, Coleman NS, Yardley L, Smith PW, Little PS. BMC Gastroenterol. 2010;10:136.
  • Abnormalities of serotonin metabolism and its relationship to symptoms in untreated celiac disease. Coleman NS, Foley S, Dunlop SP, Wheatcroft J, Blackshaw PE, Perkins AC, Singh G, Marsden CA, Holmes GK, Spiller RC. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol 2006;4(7):874-81.
  • Gallbladder contraction, gastric emptying and antral motility: single visit assessment of upper GI function in untreated celiac disease using echoplanar MRI. Marciani L, Coleman NS, Dunlop SP, Singh G, Marsden CA, Holmes GK, Spiller RC, Gowland P. J Magn Reson Imaging 2005;22(5):634-8.
  • Abnormalities of 5-hydroxytryptamine metabolism in irritable bowel syndrome. Dunlop SP, Coleman NS, Blackshaw PE, Perkins AC, Singh G, Marsden CA, Spiller RC. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol 2005;3(4):349-57.
  • Effect of a novel 5-HT3 receptor agonist on upper gastrointestinal motility in man. Coleman NS, Marciani L, Blackshaw PE, Wright J, Parker M, Yano T, Yamazaki S, Chan PQ, Wilde K, Perkins AC, Spiller RC. Aliment Pharmacol Ther 2003;18:1039-48.

Book chapters

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome : Diagnosis and Clinical Management. Chapter 6 : The Primary Secondary Care Interface. Coleman NS, Everitt H, 2013. In : Quigley EMM, Emmanuel A (eds). 2013. Oxford : Wiley-Blackwell.


You can contact Dr Coleman via his secretary Winifred Hardwick - call 023 8120 6761 or send an email.