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Richard GearryAcademic Head, Department of Medicine

MB ChB(Otago) PhD(Otago) FRACP


Current Roles

  • Academic Head, Department of Medicine
  • Consultant Gastroenterologist Christchurch Hospital
  • Medical Director, New Zealand Nutrition Foundation
  • Medical Advisor, Crohn's and Colitis New Zealand

Research Interests

  • Luminal gastroenterology
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Coeliac disease
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Colorectal cancer


Forbes, A. J., Frampton, C. M. A., Day, A. S., Kaplan, G. G., & Gearry, R. B. (2023). The epidemiology of inflammatory bowel disease in Oceania: A systematic review and meta-analysis of incidence and prevalence. Inflammatory Bowel Diseases. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1093/ibd/izad295

Lithander, F. E., Parry Strong, A., Braakhuis, A., Worthington, A., Foster, M., Rolleston, A., … Gearry, R., Weatherall, M., & Krebs, J. D. (2023). He Rourou Whai Painga, an Aotearoa New Zealand dietary pattern for metabolic health and whānau wellbeing: Protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Frontiers in Nutrition, 10, 1298743. doi: 10.3389/fnut.2023.1298743

Swaminathan, A., Fulforth, J. M., Frampton, C. M., Borichevsky, G. M., Mules, T. C., Kilpatrick, K., … Gearry, R. B. (2023). The Disease Severity Index for inflammatory bowel disease is a valid instrument that predicts complicated disease. Inflammatory Bowel Diseases. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1093/ibd/izad294

Roy, N. C., Bayer, S., Maggo, J., Ng, H. M., Wall, C., Carco, C., … Gearry, R. B. (2023, August). Dietary interventions, digestive physiology, and microbiome modulation. Verbal presentation at the Queenstown Molecular Biology (QMB) Microbiomes Satellite, Queenstown, New Zealand.

Ombasa, L., Miller, J. C., Ware, L., Abbotts-Holmes, H., Gearry, R. B., Bayer, S. B., Schultz, M., … Highton, A. J., Costello, R. M., Frampton, C. M. A., … Houghton, L. A., & Roy, N. C. (2023, August). Study of mānuka honey for digestive health (SOOTHE). Verbal presentation at the Kai mō Aotearoa Food Science Meeting [Queenstown Molecular Biology (QMB) Satellite], Queenstown, New Zealand.