Division of Gastroenterology

Smita Halder


Associate Professor, Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Medicine



Undergraduate Education

  • University of Cambridge, UK, (BA, Medical Sciences, 1991)
  • Edinburgh University, UK, (MBChB, 1994)

Postgraduate Training in Clinical Medicine and Gastroenterology

  • Edinburgh Teaching hospitals (MRCP, 1997)
  • Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle, GI training
  • Manchester Teaching hospitals, GI training
  • MRC Research Fellowship 2002-6
  • MRes (Health and Community, 2003)
  • PhD (2008) awarded from the University of Manchester. 
  • Mayo Clinic Rochester GI Research fellow: 2004-5
  • CAG IBD Research Fellowship, Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto: 2008-10

Research Interests

  • Epidemiology of IBD
  • Clinical health outcomes in women with Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Quality Improvement in Health Service Delivery

Selected Publications

  1. Halder S, Benons L, Dey P, Woodman C, Snee K. Nosocomial influenza infection. Lancet 2000;355:1187-8.
  2. Dey P, Halder S, Collins S, Benons L, Woodman C. Promoting uptake of influenza vaccination among health care workers: A randomised controlled trial. Journal Pub Health Med 2001;23:346-8.
  3. Halder SLS, McBeth J, Silman AJ, Thompson DG, Macfarlane GJ. Psychosocial risk factors for the onset of abdominal pain. Results from a large prospective population-based study. Int J Epidemiol 2002;31:1219-25.
  4. Halder SLS, Locke GR, Talley NJ, Fett SL, Zinsmeister AR, Melton LJ. Impact of functional gastrointestinal disorders on health-related quality of life: a population-based case-control study. Aliment Pharmacol Ther 2004;19:233-42.
  5. Halder SLS, Talley NJ. Treatment of functional dyspepsia. Curr Treat Options Gastroenterol 2005;8:325-36.
  6. Halder SLS, Locke GR, Schleck CD, Zinsmeister AR, Talley NJ. Influence of alcohol consumption on IBS and dyspepsia. Neurogastroenterol Motility 2006;18:1001-8.
  7. O’Brien S, Halder SLS. GI Epidemiology: infection epidemiology and acute gastrointestinal infections. Aliment Pharmacol Ther 2007;25:669-74.
  8. Halder SLS, Locke GR, Schleck CD, Zinsmeister AR, Melton LJ, Talley NJ. Natural history of functional gastrointestinal disorders: a 15-year longitudinal population-based study. Gastroenterology 2007;133:799-807.
  9. Jung HK, Halder S, McNally MA, Locke GR, Schleck CD, Zinsmeister AR, Talley NJ. Overlap of gastroesophageal reflux disease and irritable bowel syndrome: prevalence and risk factors in the general population. Aliment Pharmacol Ther 2007;26:453-61.
  10. El-Metwally A, Halder SL, Thompson DG, Macfarlane GJ, Jones GT. Predictors of abdominal pain in schoolchildren: A 4-year population-based prospective study. Arch Dis Child 2007;92:1094-8.
  11. Halder SL, Talley NJ. Functional dyspepsia: A new Rome III paradigm. Current Treatment Options Gastroenterol 2007;10:259-72.
  12. Nicholl BI, Halder SLS, Macfarlane GJ, Thompson DG, O'Brien SJ, Musleh M, McBeth J. Psychosocial risk markers for new onset irritable bowel syndrome - Results of a large prospective population-based study. Pain 2008;137:147-55.
  13. Kabakchiev B, Halder SLS, Silverberg MS. Molecular Tests for Differential Diagnosis in Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Molec Diag Ther 2009;13:217-23.
  14. Halder SLS, Macfarlane GJ, Thompson DG, O'Brien SJ, Musleh M, McBeth J. Predictors of persistent gastrointestinal symptoms among new presenters to primary care. Eur J Gastroenterol Hepatol 2010;22:296-305.
  15. Chang JY, Locke GR, McNally MA, Halder SLS, Schleck CD, Zinsmeister AR, Talley NJ. Impact of functional gastrointestinal disorders on survival in the community: Chronic constipation is associated with poorer survival in a United States population. Am J Gastroenterol 2010;105:822-32.
  16. Paula H, Grover M, Halder SLS, Locke GR, Schleck CD, Zinsmeister AR, Talley NJ. The risk of non-enteric infection and antibiotic use in functional bowel disorders. Neurogastroenterol Motil 2015;27:1580-6.
  17. Nguyen GC et al. Modified Delphi Process for the Development of Choosing Wisely for Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Inflamm Bowel Dis 2017;23:858-65.
  18. Ng J, Chauhan U, Armstrong D, Marshall JK, Tse F, Moayyedi P, Reinisch W, Halder SLS. A Comparison of Anxiety, Depression and Quality of Life between Uncomplicated and Complex IBD Patient Groups. Gastroenterol Nursing 2018 [in press].