About Dr David Rowbotham
A graduate of the University of Newcastle upon Tyne Medical School in the UK, David trained in both Gastroenterology and Hepatology in the UK at international centres of excellence in London (Kings College Hospital) and Leeds.
He came to NZ in 1999 as a Specialist Gastroenterologist at Auckland City Hospital and worked there for 5 years until 2004. During this time he set up the first NZ service for both push enteroscopy and wireless capsule endoscopy at Auckland City Hospital, both of which have now taken hold in the country as a whole.
He and his medical wife travelled to the UK in 2004, where he worked as a Consultant Gastroenterologist at a busy general hospital in south east London. Returning in 2007, David took up his previous position at Auckland City Hospital and then in 2008 stepped up to become Clinical Director (CD) of the Department of Gastroenterology & Hepatology. As CD, David commits most of his time to his public work but does transfer his clinical and endoscopic expertise, excellent communication skills, and unique patient rapport to patients in the private sector.
David is happy to be contacted by medical colleagues for any questions or advice.
Endoscopy (gastroscopy and colonoscopy, and capsule endoscopy)
Oesophageal physiology testing (impedance pH, and Bravo wireless pH testing)
Diagnostic & Therapeutic Endoscopy
Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Colorectal Cancer Screening
Anaemia and GI bleeding
Wireless Capsule Endoscopy
Oesophageal Physiology (Manometry and 24 hour pH testing)
Dysphagia, Dyspepsia & Reflux (GORD)
Services & Treatments
Southern Cross Affiliated Provider for selected services
MBBS, MD, FRCP (UK)
Hospitals practicing at
Department of Gastroenterology & Hepatology, Auckland City Hospital
Definitions of Services
The colon (or large bowel/large intestine) starts at the end of the small intestine and ends at the rectum and anus. In a colonoscopy a long flexible tube (a colonoscope) is threaded up through the rectum and transmits an image to a viewing screen. The lining of the colon and rectum can be inspected for such things as inflamed tissue, abnormal growths, and ulcers. Colonoscopy is most often used to look for early signs of cancer in the colon and rectum, and for causes of unexplained changes in bowel habits. If an abnormal growth, such as a polyp (a stalk-shaped growth or lump), is found, a small piece may be taken for examination (biopsy) or it may be removed. Thorough cleansing of the bowel is necessary before a colonoscopy. You will be given pain medication and a moderate sedative to keep you comfortable during the examination.more
A Gastroenterologist specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and disorders of the digestive system (Gastroenterology). These may affect the oesophagus, stomach, small intestine and large intestine (colon), rectum, liver, gallbladder and pancreas. more
Gastrointestinal endoscopy is a procedure that enables viewing of the lining of the gastrointestinal (digestive) tract. The examination is performed using an endoscope, a flexible fibreoptic tube with a camera at the tip that transmits images to an eyepiece or display screen. The endoscope is commonly inserted through the mouth and down the oesophagus. The procedure facilitates diagnosis of gastrointestinal (GI) disease as well as treatment. GI endoscopy may be performed on either an outpatient or inpatient basis; the patient is usually given a sedative. Other GI endoscopy includes colonoscopy (examination of the colon or large bowel / large intestine), which starts at the end of the small intestine and ends at the rectum and anus. Enteroscopy allows examination of the small intestine.more
Gastroscopy is an examination of the inside of the oesophagus (throat), stomach and duodenum (the first section of small intestine). It is performed by using a thin, flexible fibre-optic instrument (gastroscope) that is passed through the mouth to check for any damage to the lining of the oesophagus or stomach, and for any ulcers in the stomach or duodenum. The procedure is painless and is usually done under a sedative.more
A hepatologist specialises in disorders involving the liver. Hepatology is often considered a branch of gastroenterology. Hepatology is a large field and may cover conditions such as hepatitis, viral hepatitis (Hepatitis B & C), and liver diseases.more