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Professor Frank Frizelle

Frank FrizelleProfessor of Surgery
Colorectal Surgeon

MB ChB MMedSc(Otago) FACS FRACS FNZMA FASCRS FRCSI

Email frank.frizelle@cdhb.health.nz

Frank is Professor of Colorectal Surgery at the University of Otago, Christchurch, Colorectal Surgeon at Christchurch Hospital with the Canterbury District Health Board, and Editor in Chief of the New Zealand Medical Journal.

He trained in general surgery in New Zealand before undertaking post fellowship training in colorectal surgery at the Mayo Clinic, and Scotland.

He returned to New Zealand in 1996 as senior lecturer in surgery at the University of Otago, Christchurch, before being appointed Professor of Colorectal Surgery in 2000, and became Head of the Academic Department of Surgery in January 2006. Frank relinquished this role in 2019 after 13 years as HoD, and became Convenor of the Trainee Intern Surgery module for 6th Year medical students.

He has been Editor in Chief of the New Zealand Medical Journal since 2002.

Frank has published over 400 publications in peer reviewed journals and given more than 250 presentations at national and international meetings.

Research interests

  • Management and outcomes of patients with colorectal diseases especially colorectal cancer, locally recurrent rectal cancer, anal cancer and diverticular disease
  • The role of surgery in the management of inflammatory bowel disease
  • Medical legal and publication issues related to medicine in general and surgery specifically.

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Publications

Eglinton, T. W., Roberts, R., Pearson, J., Barclay, M., Merriman, T. R., Frizelle, F. A., & Gearry, R. B. (2012). Clinical and genetic risk factors for perianal Crohn's disease in a population-based cohort. American Journal of Gastroenterology, 107, 589-596. doi: 10.1038/ajg.2011.437

Bagshaw, P. F., Allardyce, R. A., Frampton, C. M., Frizelle, F. A., Hewett, P. J., McMurrick, P. J., … and the Australasian Laparoscopic Colon Cancer Study Group. (2012). Long-term outcomes of the Australasian randomized clinical trial comparing laparoscopic and conventional open surgical treatments for colon cancer: The Australasian Laparoscopic Colon Cancer Study trial. Annals of Surgery, 256(6), 915-919. doi: 10.1097/SLA.0b013e3182765ff8

Eglinton, T. W., Barclay, M. L., Gearry, R. B., & Frizelle, F. A. (2012). The spectrum of perianal Crohn's disease in a population-based cohort. Diseases of the Colon & Rectum, 55(7), 773-777. doi: 10.1097/DCR.0b013e31825228b0

Westwood, D. A., Eglinton, T. W., & Frizelle, F. A. (2011). Routine colonoscopy following acute uncomplicated diverticulitis. British Journal of Surgery, 98, 1630-1634. doi: 10.1002/bjs.7602

Frizelle, F., Atmore, C., Balasingham, A., Casey, J., & Collett, J. (2011). Management of early colorectal cancer: Evidence-based best practice guideline. Commissioned by Ministry of Health. Wellington, New Zealand: New Zealand Guidelines Group. 127p.

Journal - Research Article

Eglinton, T. W., Roberts, R., Pearson, J., Barclay, M., Merriman, T. R., Frizelle, F. A., & Gearry, R. B. (2012). Clinical and genetic risk factors for perianal Crohn's disease in a population-based cohort. American Journal of Gastroenterology, 107, 589-596. doi: 10.1038/ajg.2011.437

Eglinton, T. W., Barclay, M. L., Gearry, R. B., & Frizelle, F. A. (2012). The spectrum of perianal Crohn's disease in a population-based cohort. Diseases of the Colon & Rectum, 55(7), 773-777. doi: 10.1097/DCR.0b013e31825228b0

Bagshaw, P. F., Allardyce, R. A., Frampton, C. M., Frizelle, F. A., Hewett, P. J., McMurrick, P. J., … and the Australasian Laparoscopic Colon Cancer Study Group. (2012). Long-term outcomes of the Australasian randomized clinical trial comparing laparoscopic and conventional open surgical treatments for colon cancer: The Australasian Laparoscopic Colon Cancer Study trial. Annals of Surgery, 256(6), 915-919. doi: 10.1097/SLA.0b013e3182765ff8

Westwood, D. A., Eglinton, T. W., & Frizelle, F. A. (2011). Routine colonoscopy following acute uncomplicated diverticulitis. British Journal of Surgery, 98, 1630-1634. doi: 10.1002/bjs.7602

Allardyce, R. A., Bagshaw, P. F., Frampton, C. M., Frizelle, F. A., Hewett, P. J., Rieger, N. A., … for the Australasian Laparoscopic Colon Cancer Study Group. (2010). Australasian Laparoscopic Colon Cancer Study shows that elderly patients may benefit from lower postoperative complication rates following laparoscopic versus open resection. British Journal of Surgery, 97, 86-91. doi: 10.1002/bjs.6785

Sabanli, M., Balasingham, A., Bailey, W., Eglinton, T., Hider, P., & Frizelle, F. A. (2010). Computed tomographic colonography in the diagnosis of colorectal cancer. British Journal of Surgery, 97(8), 1291-1294. doi: 10.1002/bjs.7098

Eglinton, T., Nguyen, T., Raniga, S., Dixon, L., Dobbs, B., & Frizelle, F. A. (2010). Patterns of recurrence in patients with acute diverticulitis. British Journal of Surgery, 97, 952-957. doi: 10.1002/bjs.7035

Kennedy, R., Lee, A., & Frizelle, F. A. (2010). Influence of general health and degree of surgical insult on long-term survival. British Journal of Surgery, 97, 782-788. doi: 10.1002/bjs.6960

Eglinton, T., Reilly, M., Chang, C., Barclay, M., Frizelle, F., & Gearry, R. (2010). Ileal disease is associated with surgery for perianal disease in a population-based Crohn's disease cohort. British Journal of Surgery, 97(7), 1103-1109. doi: 10.1002/bjs.7031

Paddison, J. S., Booth, R. J., Cameron, L. D., Robinson, E., Frizelle, F. A., & Hill, A. G. (2009). Fatigue after colorectal surgery and its relationship to patient expectations. Journal of Surgical Research, 151(1), 145-152. doi: 10.1016/j.jss.2008.01.030

Wakeman, C. J., Dobbs, B. R., Frizelle, F. A., Bissett, I. P., Dennett, E. R., Hill, A. G., & Thompson-Fawcett, M. W. (2008). The impact of splenectomy on outcome after resection for colorectal cancer: A multicenter, nested, paired cohort study. Diseases of the Colon & Rectum, 51, 213-217. doi: 10.1007/s10350-007-9139-6

Renaut, A. J., Raniga, S., Frizelle, F. A., Perry, R. E., & Guilford, L. (2008). A randomized controlled trial comparing the efficacy and acceptability of phospo-soda buffered saline (Fleet) with sodium picosulphate/magnesium citrate (Picoprep) in the preparation of patients for colonoscopy. Colorectal Disease, 10(5), 503-505.

Munday, J. S., Frizelle, F. A., & Whitehead, M. R. (2008). Mismatch repair protein expression in ovine intestinal adenocarcinomas. Veterinary Pathology, 45(1), 3-6.

Heriot, A. G., Byrne, C. M., Lee, P., Dobbs, B., Tilney, H., Solomon, M. J., … Frizelle, F. (2008). Extended radical resection: The choice for locally recurrent rectal cancer. Diseases of the Colon & Rectum, 51(3), 284-291. doi: 10.1007/s10350-007-9152-9

Phitayakorn, R., Delaney, C. P., Reynolds, H. L., Champagne, B. J., Heriot, A. G., Neary, P., … International Anastomotic Leak Study Group, including Frizelle, F. A. (2008). Standardized algorithms for management of anastomotic leaks and related abdominal and pelvic abscesses after colorectal surgery. World Journal of Surgery, 32(6), 1147-1156. doi: 10.1007/s00268-008-9468-1

Sutherland, A. D., Gearry, R. B., & Frizelle, F. A. (2008). Review of fecal biomarkers in inflammatory bowel disease. Diseases of the Colon & Rectum, 51(8), 1283-1291. doi: 10.1007/s10350-008-9310-8

Hewett, P. J., Allardyce, R. A., Bagshaw, P. F., Frampton, C. M., Frizelle, F. A., Rieger, N. A., … Stevenson, A. R. (2008). Short-term outcomes of the Australasian randomized clinical study comparing laparoscopic and conventional open surgical treatments for colon cancer: The ALCCaS trial. Annals of Surgery, 248(5), 728-738.

Roberts, R. L., Gearry, R. B., Allington, M. D. E., Morrin, H. R., Robinson, B. A., & Frizelle, F. A. (2006). Caspase recruitment domain-containing protein 15 mutations in patients with colorectal cancer. Cancer Research, 66(5), 2532-2535.

Janes, S. E. J., Meagher, A., & Frizelle, F. A. (2006). Management of diverticulitis. BMJ, 332(7536), 271-275. doi: 10.1136/bmj.332.7536.271

Watson, A. J., Smith, B. B., Whitehead, M. R., Sykes, P. H., & Frizelle, F. A. (2006). Malignant progression of anal intra-epithelial neoplasia. ANZ Journal of Surgery, 76(8), 715-717.

Carne, P., Robertson, G. M., & Frizelle, F. A. (2003). Parastomal hernia. British Journal of Surgery, 90, 784-793.

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Journal - Research Other

Drazen, J. M., de Leeuw, P. W., Laine, C., Mulrow, C., DeAngelis, C. D., Frizelle, F. A., … Zhaori, G. (2010). Toward more uniform conflict disclosures: The updated ICMJE conflict of interest reporting form [Editorial]. New England Journal of Medicine, 363(2), 188-189. doi: 10.1056/NEJMe1006030

Laine, C., Horton, R., DeAngelis, C. D., Drazen, J. M., Frizelle, F. A., Godlee, F., … Verheugt, F. W. A. (2007). Clinical trial registration: Looking back and moving ahead [Editorial]. New England Journal of Medicine, 356(26), 2734-2736.

Janes, S., Meagher, A., & Frizelle, F. A. (2005). Elective surgery after acute diverticulitis. British Journal of Surgery, 92(2), 133-142.

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Commissioned Report for External Body

Frizelle, F., Atmore, C., Balasingham, A., Casey, J., & Collett, J. (2011). Management of early colorectal cancer: Evidence-based best practice guideline. Commissioned by Ministry of Health. Wellington, New Zealand: New Zealand Guidelines Group. 127p.

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