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Andrew McCombieResearch Officer and Data Analyst (Te Whatu Ora | Health New Zealand) and Honorary Senior Research Fellow (UOC)

BSc BA(Hons)(Cant)PhD(Otago)


Dr Andrew McCombie works in the Department of Surgery on various projects in inflammatory bowel disease and bowel cancer. He is a Research Officer and Data Analyst for Te Whatu Ora | Health New Zealand and Honorary Senior Research Fellow for the University of Otago, Christchurch.

Andrew has previously completed a long term follow up of ileal pouch surgeries performed in Canterbury in the past two decades from which two papers were published. He and Associate Professor Tim Eglinton translated the information from this study into a patient information brochure for ulcerative colitis patients considering ileal pouch surgery.

In addition to supervising and advising on numerous projects, Andrew is also presently driving studies about quality of life (10Ten Study) and mindfulness (CALM Study) in the domain of bowel cancer. He is also driving a project in predictors of posttraumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and depression in major trauma patients who present to Christchurch Hospital.

Andrew has also driven projects in questionnaire validation, patient education resources, and smartphone app development.

Outside the academic environment, Andrew assists in the use of Scope and Cortex at Christchurch Hospital.

Andrew can assist with study design, study protocol writing, funding applications, navigating Māori consultation and ethics committee processes, basic-to-medium level statistics, data collection and extraction, and preparing papers for publication.

In 2014 Andrew completed his PhD in the psychological aspects of inflammatory bowel disease.

He has previously been a board member for Crohn's and Colitis New Zealand and presently sits on the Executive for The New Zealand Society of Gastroenterology.

Research interests

  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD; Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis)
  • Bowel cancer
  • Psychology
  • Quality of Life
  • Psychological distress, depression, and anxiety
  • Smartphone apps (IBDsmart and IBDoc)
  • Patient education and translation of technical medical information
  • Computerised psychological interventions
  • Questionnaire writing and validation
  • Online questionnaire building
  • Randomized controlled trials
  • Systematic reviews (smartphone apps for IBD; computerised cognitive behavioural therapy for physical illnesses; coping strategies of IBD patients; psychotherapy for IBD)
  • Traumatic injury
  • Study design


D'Souza, J., Cinelli, D. P., McCombie, A., & Roberts, R. (2024). The influence of postoperative outcomes on survival after esophageal cancer surgery: Validation of a consensus-based updated textbook outcome parameter. Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.gassur.2024.01.015

Pal, A., Chittleborough, T., McCombie, A., Glyn, T., & Frizelle, F. A. (2024). Human factors in pelvic exenteration: Themes in high-performing teams. Colorectal Disease, 26, 95-101. doi: 10.1111/codi.16825

Carne, B., Raina, A., Bothara, R., McCombie, A., Fleischer, D., & Joyce, L. (2023). Factors contributing to death of major trauma victims with haemorrhage: A retrospective case-control study. Proceedings of the National Trauma Symposium (NTS). Retrieved from

Ng, S. C., McCombie, A., Frizelle, F., & Eglinton, T. (2023). Influence of the type of anatomic resection on anastomotic leak after surgery for colon cancer. ANZ Journal of Surgery. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/ans.18782

Fisher, C., Sutcliffe, O., Coghlan, P., McCombie, A., & Joyce, L. (2023). A retrospective observational study of the management of non-traumatic dental presentations at a tertiary centre in New Zealand: A Choosing Wisely approach. New Zealand Medical Journal/Te ara tika o te hauora hapori, 136(1582), 14-27. Retrieved from

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