Alan Desmond
OccupationGastroenterologist, writer

Alan Desmond is an Irish consultant gastroenterologist and writer known for his advocacy of plant-based nutrition.

Desmond studied at the School of Medicine of University College Cork and at John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.[1] He moved to Devon in 2012. He is certified in gastroenterology and general internal medicine.[2] He is a consultant gastroenterologist for the South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.[3] He works at the Devon Gut Clinic in Mount Stuart Hospital, Torquay and specializes in inflammatory bowel disease.[1][4]

In 2021, Desmond authored The Plant-Based Diet Revolution which advocates a high-fibre whole food plant-based diet. According to Desmond "there is science showing us that individuals who consume a plant-based diet get tremendous gut microbial benefits and this may be some of the key reasons why people who eat a plant-based diet have lower risk of heart disease, stroke, colorectal cancer and numerous other diseases including Type 2 diabetes."[5] He recommends a whole-food plant-based diet, focused on fruit and vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds.[2] He has argued that a whole food plant-based diet may help to prevent and treat Crohn's disease[6][failed verification]

Desmond is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and member of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland.[3] He was a speaker at Vegfest 2019.[7] He has written for The Telegraph.[8]

Selected publications


  1. ^ a b "Dr Alan Desmond - Gastroenterology". Retrieved 13 March 2021.
  2. ^ a b Chonchúir, Sharon Ní. (2021). "A gastroenterologist's guide to improving gut health with a plant-based diet". Retrieved 13 March 2021.
  3. ^ a b "Dr Alan Desmond, South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust". Retrieved 13 March 2021.
  4. ^ "Dr Alan Desmond". Retrieved 13 March 2021.
  5. ^ "Dr Alan Desmond on his book The Plant-Based Diet Revolution & Helping Depression". Retrieved 13 March 2021.
  6. ^ Cutcliffe, Tim. (2018). "IBD and diet: How mich can what we eat help inflammatory bowel disease?". Retrieved 13 March 2021.
  7. ^ "Dr. Alan Desmond". Retrieved 13 March 2021.
  8. ^ "Dr. Alan Desmond". Retrieved 13 March 2021.