Dr Church graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1994. Following postgraduate training in Edinburgh and Dundee he gained his MRCP in 1997. His MD was awarded in 2005 for the study of the utility of thrombin injection as treatment for bleeding peptic ulcer. He undertook a year long clinical fellow post in London in 2004 focussing on ERCP and hepatobiliary medicine. During this time he developed a special interest in autoimmune pancreatitis and IgG4 disease.
In his current post as consultant gastroenterologist at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh he is professional lead for endoscopy services in Lothian. In his daily practice he sees patients for investigation and treatment of a range of luminal gastroenterology symptoms and conditions. He performs upper and lower gastrointestinal endoscopy for reflux symptoms, abdominal pain, alteration in bowel function and removal of polyps. He performs ERCP including Spyglass cholangioscopy for the investigation and treatment of diseases of the bile duct and pancreas. He has a lead role in quality assurance of endoscopy services locally and nationally. He has expertise in general gastroenterology, functional bowel disorders, gastrointestinal bleeding, medical pancreatology, autoimmune pancreatitis and IgG4 disease..