Dr Prashanth Vas

Consultant Endocrinologist, Diabetes Foot Physician and General Physician
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Dr Prash Vas is a Consultant Endocrinologist, Diabetic Foot Physician & General Physician. His King’s Diabetes Foot Clinic was the first dedicated multidisciplinary foot clinic in the world and is one of UK’s largest units dealing with complex diabetic (and sometimes non-diabetic) foot problems. Dr Vas deals with complex diabetes management, neuropathic pain as well as general endocrine conditions including thyroid issues.

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Prash Vas (MBBS, FRCP, PhD) holds a dual certification in Diabetes/Endocrinology and General Internal Medicine and has extensive experience as a consultant at the highest level since 2013. In the NHS, he is currently the King’s Health Partners Consultant in Diabetes and Endocrinology with a specialist focus in Diabetes Foot Medicine being based both at King’s College Hospital and Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals. Prior to that completed his training in Diabetes and Endocrinology at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge. He is an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at King’s College, London and a Visiting Professor at Staffordshire University. Additionally, he chairs the South East Thames Diabetes Physicians Group (SETDPG) and is the current research lead for diabetes at King’s College Hospital.

Dr Vas has extensive clinical experience in all aspects of diabetes care with a special interest in the complex management of Type 2 and Type 1 diabetes. In endocrinology, he has an interest in thyroid disorders and works alongside key experts for complex endocrine presentations which often require multi-professional consensus. Dr Vas is internationally recognised in the management of diabetic foot disease including neuropathic pain and has extensively championed the cause of early recognition of the ‘diabetic foot attack’. From a general medical perspective, he has wide experience in the management of a wide range of acute and chronic medical disorders and in providing care coordination required for a successful peri-operative pathway. Dr Vas has a focus on patient-centred care and is passionate about a collaborative approach towards achieving optimal outcomes in healthcare.

A well-established academic, Dr Vas’s current research is focused on the lower limb complications of diabetes including the aetiopathogenesis and treatment of diabetic foot ulcers, diabetic neuropathy (especially small-fibre neuropathy) neuropathic pain and the validation of new techniques designed for the early detection of neuropathy. He also has an interest in endocrine conditions which can lead to small fibre neuropathy, in particular thyroid disorders. He ranks highly for his research output in diabetic foot (Expertscape 2022 World Top 20) and diabetic neuropathy (Expertscape 2022 World Top 50). He is frequently invited to speak internationally on these subjects. He is a board member of the Diabetic Foot Study Group (DFSG) and serves as an expert to the International Working Group on Diabetic Foot (IWGDF)and has provided expert input to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). He is the co-founder of the Diabetes Neuropathy Network, a global consortium of clinicians devoted to raising awareness about the perils of diabetic neuropathy.

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He, and fellow collaborators, created the Ipswich Touch Test, a widely recognised method used to assess the loss of protective foot sensation, now adopted by Diabetes UK. Dr Vas also continues to train and teach professionals at King´s College Hospital.

Dr Vas has previously been an expert advisor to National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) and to the International Working Group on the Diabetic Foot (IWGDF). He also co-founded The British Diabetic Neuropathy Symposium, the only academic meeting in the UK on this complication of diabetes. Dr Vas’ research interests include diabetic foot ulcers, diabetic neuropathy (especially small fibre neuropathy) and new techniques to detect neuropathy. He continues to research diabetic foot syndrome and associated health issues; some of his recent work can be seen on Research Gate. Dr Vas regularly publishes in highly regarded medical journals, including Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology, PLOS One, British Medical Journal and Diabetic Medicine amongst others. He has formed part of two Quality in Care - Diabetes award-winning teams, most recently in 2014.