Michael Marsh, MD, DSc, FRCP

Michael Marsh, MD, DSc, FRCP

Before Marsh III: Why the Early Stages of Celiac Disease Must be Taken Seriously


Professor Michael Marsh read medicine at Magdalen College, Oxford and became an academic biomedical research physician in Manchester, later to carry out the role of Consultant Gastroenterologist in the Royal Salford Hospital Trust.

In 1992 Dr. Marsh authored a research paper entitled ‘Gluten Major Histocompatibility Complex, and the Small Intestine’, which was published in the journal ‘Gastroenterology’, and is the most-cited paper on ever celiac disease. In this groundbreaking work, Dr. Marsh created a classification system for the intestinal mucosal responses to environmental antigenic challenge in celiac disease. This system has now been internationally adopted, and the stages of damage to the small intestine in celiac disease are now referred to as Marsh 0, Marsh 1, Marsh 2, Marsh 3 and Marsh 4.  In 2006 Dr. Marsh received a Distinguished Investigator Award for this remarkable contribution.

Dr. Marsh has published three books and over two hundred papers on these themes. He has held visiting professorships in America (2), New Zealand (1) and Australia (1), and has given over one hundred lectures worldwide. Dr. Marsh’s continuing contributions to the discourse surrounding gluten-related disorders continue to shape the way scientists approach the issue today.

While approaching retirement Dr. Marsh took an Oxford degree in Theology, subsequently returning to Magdalen to write a D.Phil thesis on neurophysiological and theological approaches to near-death and out-of-body experiential phenomenology, which was published by Oxford University Press in 2010. He is now a member of Wolfson College and is also a Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Christianity and Culture at Regent’s Park College, the University of Oxford.

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