A/Prof David van der Poorten
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A/Prof David van der Poorten

BSc (Med) MBBS (Hons) FRACP PhD
Gastroenterologist & Hepatologist


A/Prof David van der Poorten is a Staff Specialist Gastroenterologist at Westmead Public Hospital and a Clinical Associate Professor in medicine at the University of Sydney. He is a Consultant Gastroenterologist at the new Lakeview Private Hospital (LVP) in Norwest and a Visiting medical officer (VMO) at Strathfield and Westmead Private hospitals. He is on the executive board of the Medical Staff Council at Westmead hospital and has previously served on the Scientific Advisory Committee and the executive board of the Westmead Association.


A/Prof van der Poorten has regular endoscopy lists at Westmead Public, Lakeview Private and Strathfield Private hospitals. He is a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and an active member of the Gastroenterological Society of Australia.


A graduate of the University of New South Wales, A/Prof van der Poorten underwent Gastroenterology training at Concord and Westmead Hospitals Sydney, before undertaking a PhD in advanced Hepatology through the Storr Liver Unit at Westmead Hospital under Professor Jacob George. He has published widely in the medical literature and is a regular reviewer for high ranking journals in his field including Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Journal of Hepatology, World Journal of Gastroenterology and the Medical Journal of Australia. He previously held an international patent related to his research.


A/Prof van der Poorten’s practice encompasses all aspects of Gastroenterology and Liver disease but he has a particular interest in colorectal cancer screening, inflammatory bowel disease, post-bariatric surgery patients, reflux disease, capsule endoscopy (pill cam), the management of fatty liver disease and NASH, drug-resistant helicobacter infection and viral hepatitis. He is confident with advanced endoscopy techniques including Endoscopic Mucosal Resection (EMR) for large polyps, dilation of strictures within the GI tract and management of acute GI bleeding of any cause.


He is passionate about listening and truly hearing his patients and ensuring he gets the best outcome for them, whatever the situation.