Dr. Michael Bourke
Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Michael Bourke is the Director of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy at Westmead Hospital and the immediate past Chairman of the Australian Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Association. He is Co-editor of the journal Endoscopy (Journal of the European society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy), associate editor and Colorectal section editor for the Video journal of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and Encyclopaedia of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and a member of several other editorial boards. He is a co-founder of NETI (The National Endoscopy Training Initiative) and the convenor of the Sydney International Endoscopy Symposium (the annual Westmead Endoscopy meeting), with a delegation of more than 500 registrants annually. His clinical and research interests encompass many different facets of diagnostic and interventional endoscopy. Endoscopic resection for advanced mucosal neoplasia at all sites in the gastrointestinal tract has been a focus. Patients referred to Westmead with early Barrett’s neoplasia, duodenal and ampullary lesions, and large sessile polyps or laterally spreading tumours of the colon are invited to participate in prospective studies and randomised trials designed to validate, assess and enhance the safety and efficacy of endoscopic resection for advanced mucosal neoplasia. Work in the animal laboratory augments the clinical research. He has also led several seminal practice changing randomised control trials in ERCP cannulation. Original research is published regularly in the leading international journals in Gastroenterology and Endoscopy including Gastroenterology, American journal of gastroenterology, Gastrointestinal endoscopy and Endoscopy. He is frequently invited to lecture and teach via live demonstration, the core fundamentals, but also advanced techniques in endoscopic diagnosis and therapy He has given more than 70 invited international lectures in the last 5 years and a similar number of live international teaching demonstrations.