Dr Simona Caronia qualified as medical doctor in Italy in 1992. Shortly afterwards, she obtained a British Council fellowship to carry out clinical research at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge. From 1993 to 1998, Dr Caronia completed her specialty training in gastroenterology, hepatology and endoscopy between Italy (Palermo University) and England (Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge).
After this, Dr Caronia moved permanently to the UK, and worked as research fellow and honorary senior registrar at Imperial College, St Mary’s Hospital, London, where she completed her doctorate degree in hepatology (MD). Dr Caronia then worked as a general gastroenterologist at Ealing Hospital, London, and later at Kingston Hospital, Surrey, where she started to develop an interest in endoscopy and clinical governance.
In 2007, Dr Caronia left the NHS to be a consultant gastroenterologist for Careuk, an independent sector healthcare provider, where she became Clinical Director for Endoscopy, responsible for the quality and safety of 10 endoscopy units throughout the UK.
Dr Caronia returned to the NHS as Consultant Gastroenterologist at the former Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, where her main interest is endoscopy quality improvement and service development. She works at St Richard’s and Worthing Hospitals, and is currently the trust’s Clinical Lead for Endoscopy.
Royal College of Physicians, British Society of Gastroenterology.