Professor Michael Newton Marsh, DM, DSc, DPhil, FRCP (15 May 1937 – 12 July 2021) was a reader of medicine at Magdalen College, Oxford, and became an academic biomedical research physician in Manchester, known for his expertise on coeliac disease. [1]



In 2006, Marsh received a Distinguished Investigator Award for his work on gluten intolerance (coeliac disease), and his classification of intestinal responses, which are now internationally adopted.[2][3][4] Marsh received two lifetime achievement awards.[when?]

While approaching retirement, Marsh received 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. In later life, he was at Wolfson College and, in addition, a Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Christianity and Culture at Regent's Park College, University of Oxford.


  1. ^ Watts, Geoff (28 August 2021). "Michael Newton Marsh". The Lancet. 398 (10302): 740. doi:10.1016/s0140-6736(21)01893-6. ISSN 0140-6736.
  2. ^ Marsh M (1992). "Gluten, major histocompatibility complex, and the small intestine. A molecular and immunobiologic approach to the spectrum of gluten sensitivity ('celiac sprue')". Gastroenterology 102 (1): 330–54. PMID 1727768.
  3. ^ Mandic, Maria (10 August 2021). "In Memoriam: Professor Michael Newton Marsh". The British Society of Gastroenterology. Retrieved 22 May 2023.
  4. ^ Rostami, Kamran; Mulder, Chris JJ; Sanders, David S. (1 February 2022). "Obituary Professor Michael N Marsh BTh, DPhil, DM, DSc, FRCP". Gut. 71 (2): 436–436. doi:10.1136/gutjnl-2021-326046. ISSN 0017-5749. PMID 34548337.