Professor Richard Gearry



Areas of Expertise:

  • Diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, microscopic colitis)
  • Coeliac disease
  • Colorectal cancer surveillance
  • Anaemia and gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Capsule endoscopy
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease

Richard is a born and bred Cantabrian having attended primary, intermediate and secondary school in Christchurch before spending three years in Dunedin at the University of Otago. His clinical training continued at the University of Otago, Christchurch before graduating MB ChB from the University of Otago in 1995. After working at Nelson hospital as a house surgeon, he undertook Physician and Gastroenterology training

at Christchurch Hospital graduating with his FRACP in 2004. In 2006 he graduated with a PhD from the University of Otago and subsequently completed Fellowships with Professor Peter Gibson at Box Hill Hospital (Melbourne, Australia) and St Mark's Hospital (London, United Kingdom). 

He is currently Professor of Medicine at the University of Otago, Christchurch and Consultant Gastroenterologist at Christchurch Hospital. He is Medical Director of the New Zealand Nutrition Foundation, Medical Advisor to Crohn’s and Colitis New Zealand, a member of the National Intestinal Failure Governance Group and a Trustee of the Bowel and Liver Trust, Canterbury.

Richard is one of sixty worldwide expert members of the International Organisation for the study of Inflammatory Bowel DIseases (IOIBD) who meet regularly to discuss and co-ordinate research into the causes and treatment of inflammatory bowel disease.

In addition to his clinical interests, Richard is passionate about research having published over 160 scientific papers, given invited lectures nationally and internationally and undertaking clinical trials of new pharmaceuticals. He was awarded an Early Career Award for Distinction in Research by the University of Otago and in 2015 became the youngest ever Joint Clinical Appointment to receive the Gold Medal for Research at the University of Otago, Christchurch. Richard actively supervises PhD and Masters students undertaking post-graduate research in Gastroenterology and related fields.

Richard also takes an active role in teaching Medical Students, Trainee Interns, House surgeons and Registrars. Richard teaches in Gastroenterology, Endoscopy and General Medicine and co-convenes the Professional Development thread of the Medicine curriculum at the University of Otago, Christchurch

In addition to consulting from the Stewart Street Rooms, Richard also consults monthly from Rolleston Medical Centre.

Richard is a Southern Cross Affiliated Provider.

Listen and watch Richard's Inaugural Professorial Lecture on Gut Health at the University of Otago Christchurch