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A/Prof David Read

A/Prof David Read

General Surgery, Colorectal Surgery, Endoscopy

David worked as a general surgeon in Darwin between 2002-2018 and now returns to Darwin as a visiting colorectal surgeon. He is CSSANZ qualified and familiar with the full range of minimally invasive colorectal surgery. These include laparoscopic colorectal cancer surgery, diverticular disease, inflammatory bowel disease, rectal prolapse plus patients who require bowel resections for gynaecological conditions. He is also experienced with the advanced proctological procedures required for difficult anal fistula, including Crohn’s disease.

David currently works at the Royal Melbourne and Melbourne Private Hospital as a Colorectal and Trauma Surgeon and has access to high level multidisciplinary teams for the management of inflammatory bowel disease (with long time Darwin visitors Guru Drs Guru Iyngkaran and Suresh Sivanesan). He also a member of the RMH Colorectal Cancer MDT which works closely with the collocated Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.

 He is also the Director of Trauma at the Royal Melbourne, and a leader in trauma care and research, and is an Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne

David is scheduled three times a year for week-long visits, in which time he will work closely with the local general surgeons. His private consulting will be in Drs Bradbury and Luck’s rooms, ground floor, Darwin Private Hospital, and he has operating lists at Darwin Private Hospital whilst visiting.

He is happy to see patients requiring quaternary referral colorectal problems, or those who require their surgery performed in Melbourne. Telehealth is available outside of these visits.



Mr David Read has a particular clinical interest in:

  • Colorectal surgery

  • Hernia surgery

  • Colonoscopy

  • Gastroscopy

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1F Royal Parade, Parkville 3052