Gastroenterologists

Dr Stephen Tattersall

MBBS (Hons) BSc, FRACP

GASTROENTEROLOGIST

Stephen Tattersall is Visiting Medical Officer in the Department of Gastroenterology at Royal North Shore Hospital.  He started the Inflammatory Bowel Disease service at the hospital in 2016.

He has developed a close working association with the Melanoma Institute and accumulated significant clinical experience in managing the immune-mediated GI side-effects of onco-immunotherapy

Dr Tattersall completed his medical degree with honors from the University of Sydney in 2001. He subsequently trained as a physician and gastroenterologist in Sydney and completed his fellowship in 2009. He spent 2 years as a Senior Clinical Fellow in Inflammatory Bowel Disease at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, UK before returning to Sydney. He is currently in practice at Royal North Shore Hospital, North Shore Private Hospital, the Mater Hospital and Macquarie University Hospital.

Dr Tattersall is available at Hunters Hill Medical Practice once a fortnight on Tuesday afternoon and on the alternate fortnight on a Wednesday morning.

You can contact Dr Tattersall on: 02 9438 5193

Website: www.northgastro.com.au

Dr Chris Kiely

BMedSc, MBBS, FRACP

GASTROENTEROLOGIST

Dr Chris Kiely is a gastroenterologist and consultant physician. He is a visiting medical officer at North Shore Private Hospital and the Mater Hospital, on Sydney’s lower north shore. Chris specialises in providing personalised, evidence-based clinical care for people with gastrointestinal issues, such as inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis), coeliac disease, liver diseases, peptic ulcer disease, bowel cancer screening, polyp detection and removal and irritable bowel syndrome.

Chris recently returned from Timor-Leste, where, as the country director for ANZGITA, he helped set up the country’s only endoscopy unit. He received his training at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, UK, Canberra Hospital and Royal North Shore Hospital.

Chris has lectured and tutored medical students in universities ranging from Cambridge University to Australian National University, Sydney University and University Nacional Timor Lorosae. He graduated from Sydney University in 2008.

Dr Kiely is available at Hunters Hill Medical Practice once a fortnight on Thursday afternoon.

He attends both North Shore Private Hospital and the Mater Hospital.

You can contact Dr Kiely on: 02 8599 9805

Website: www.northgastro.com.au

More about Gastroenterology

Gastroenterology is the study of the normal function and diseases of the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon and rectum, pancreas, gallbladder, bile ducts and liver.

Gastroenterology involves a detailed understanding of the normal action (physiology) of the gastrointestinal organs including the movement of material through the stomach and intestine (motility), the digestion and absorption of nutrients into the body, removal of waste from the system, and the function of the liver as a digestive organ.

It includes common and important conditions such as colon polyps and cancer, hepatitis, gastroesophageal reflux (heartburn), peptic ulcer disease, colitis, gallbladder and biliary tract disease, nutritional problems, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), and pancreatitis. In essence, all normal activity and disease of the digestive organs are part of the study of Gastroenterology.

A gastroenterologist specialises in and treats diseases that affect the gastro-intestinal tract or gut, such as:

  • Oesophagitis, gastritis, peptic ulcer disease and duodenal ulceration – all these conditions involve a degree of erosion or ulceration of the lining of the proximal gut generally causing pain, classically a burning, gnawing pain worse after eating
  • Inflammatory bowel disease like Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis – these involve ulceration of the lower gut
  • Liver problems such as hepatitis (inflammation of the liver from many different causes) and liver cirrhosis (scarring again from numerous possible causes)
  • Malignancy (cancer) and benign (non-cancerous) tumours of the gut – like stomach and bowel cancer
  • Investigation of bleeding from the gut, or abdominal pain.

Treatment often involves medications which may be prescribed on a short term or long term basis. If an operation is required generally you will be referred to a surgeon.

Some procedures a gastroenterologist performs include:

  • Endoscopy
  • Colonoscopy
  • Biopsy.

For more information please visit: www.racp.edu.au

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