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Prof. Michael J. Bourke MBBS FRACP


Professor Michael Bourke of the University of Sydney is Director of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy at Westmead Hospital. He is previous Co-editor of Endoscopy (Journal of the European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, 2011-2019), past Chairman of the Australian Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Association (2007-2009), the Australian and New Zealand Endoscopy Leaders Forum, and the NSW Department of Health Bowel Cancer Screening Program Advisory Group and Colonoscopy Study Implementation Committee. He is a member and a former Councillor of the Gastroenterology Society of Australia (GESA), the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, and the American Gastroenterology Association.


Professor Bourke is a world-renowned international authority in gastrointestinal endoscopy. His special interests include colonoscopy, advanced endoscopic resection (EMR or ESD) of mucosal neoplasia, polyps and early cancer at all sites in the gastrointestinal tract, third space (submucosal) endoscopy, and ERCP. Through scientific research, he has invented, pioneered, developed and established key techniques in advanced therapeutic endoscopy. He has published over 300 peer-reviewed research papers, expert reviews and editorials with more than 9000 citations, in the leading Gastroenterology and Endoscopy journals.

Professor Bourke is a co-founder of the National Endoscopy Training Initiative (NETI) and Convenor of the Sydney International Endoscopy Symposium (2008-2021, He has been an invited speaker at more than 250 international conferences including all 5 continents, delivering numerous lectures and live Endoscopy demonstrations. He has received numerous Visiting Professorships, honours and awards including the GESA Distinguished Clinician Award for contributions to the specialty, research, and the society (2012), the Christopher Williams medal from British Society of Gastroenterology (2017) and the GESA Distinguished Researcher Prize (2019).

Medical School

University of Queensland


  • MBBS – 1986

  • FRACP – 1993


  • NSW Medical Board

Areas of Special Interest

  • Gastroenterology

  • Diagnostic & Interventional Endoscopy including ERCP, Barrett’s oesophagus

  • Colonoscopy and polypectomy including complex and advanced techniques for polypectomy, endoscopic mucosal resection for mucosal neoplasia throughout the GI tract.

Professional Memberships

  • Gastroenterological Society of Australia (GESA)

  • American Gastroenterological Association (AGA)

  • Australian Medical Association (AMA)

  • American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE)

Current Appointments and Visiting Rights
  • Co-editor of the journal: Endoscopy (Journal of the European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy)

  • Convenor: Sydney International Endoscopy Symposium (Westmead Endoscopy meeting)

  • Regularly published in : Gastroenterology, American Journal of Gastroenterology

  • Invited lecturer at international meetings and live international teaching demonstrations.

  • Westmead Hospital – VMO gastroenterologist and

  • Director of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

  • Sydney Adventist Hospital – VMO gastroenterologist

  • Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of Sydney

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