Adrian treats all aspects of gastrointestinal diseases, having a special interest in nutrition and capsule endoscopy. He places an emphasis on providing his patients with a clear understanding of their condition so they can make decisions about their own health management.
A general gastroenterologist, Adrian performs both diagnostic and advanced therapeutic gastroscopy, colonoscopy and single balloon enteroscopy, including polypectomy, stent insertion and dilatation. He also provides a hydrogen breath-testing service to detect FODMAP malabsorption (a common cause of IBS symptoms) and other related disorders.
After his training at Leicester University Medical School (UK), Adrian came to the Bay of Plenty in 1995 as a gastroenterology registrar at Tauranga Hospital. He went back to the UK to finish his training, which included a nutrition and intestinal motility fellowship at Central Middlesex Hospital, London. He then returned as a specialist to Tauranga Hospital in 2001, where he continues to practise.
Adrian has had a private practice at Promed House since 2007. He is a member of the Fresanius-Kabi Advisory Board (a nutrition company) and of the steering committee of the Australasian Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (AUSPEN); he also manages the Tauranga Hospital nutrition team.
As Head of Gastroenterology at the BOPDHB, a position he held for eight years, Adrian established the local gastroenterology training programme, and is still one of the trainee supervisors. He is a member of the Royal College of Physicians Advanced Training Subcommittee, providing oversight of all the New Zealand gastroenterology trainees. Adrian is the principal investigator of several research studies into GI disease that are run at the Bay of Plenty Clinical School.
Gastrointestinal diseases are often chronic, with distressing symptoms. Adrian finds that by listening to and working with his patients, they are able to safely achieve the best outcomes and quality of life. He strongly supports screening and surveillance, particularly with respect to bowel cancer, which can be prevented from occurring by removing precancerous polyps (growths) caught early by appropriate screening and surveillance endoscopy.
Adrian lives in Tauranga with his wife and four children. A keen surfer, he also enjoys hiking, mountain biking, and raising beef cattle on his hobby farm.
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MBChB, FRCP, FRACP
Gastroenterologist at Grace Hospital, Tauranga, and Bay of Plenty District Health Board.