Dr George Ostapowicz
BMedSc (Hons), BMed (Ncle), MD (Melb), FRACP
Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist, Endoscopist
Co-Director of the Gold Coast Centre for Digestive Diseases
George graduated from the University of Newcastle, NSW, Medical School in 1987. He then worked at the Royal Newcastle and John Hunter Hospitals, completing his specialist training in 1994. He undertook a research fellowship studying hepatitis C at St Vincent’s Hospital and the University of Melbourne, VIC from 1995 to 1998. During this period he continued clinical work at both St Vincent’s and the Epworth Hospitals. Between mid 1998 and early 2001, George completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, USA. While in Dallas he also worked at Parkland Hospital and the VA Medical Center.
After returning to Australia in February 2001, George was appointed as a staff specialist at Gold Coast Hospital, then Gold Coast University Hospital. He was Director of Gastroenterology and Hepatology between 2004 and July 2015. George joined the Gold Coast Centre for Digestive Diseases in September 2015 on the retirement of Dr David Robinson, co-founder of the Centre.
George has significant research experience in viral hepatitis, especially hepatitis C and acute liver failure. He has been extensively involved in the teaching of both undergraduate medical students at Griffith and Bond Universities, as well as postgraduate training of registrars in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. He is an Honorary Adjunct Associate Professor at Bond University, School of Medicine.
While his particular interest and expertise is in liver diseases, including viral hepatitis, he continues to practice in all areas of Gastroenterology. In addition to Brockway House, George consults fortnightly at John Flynn Medical Centre (Fred McKay House). He performs endoscopic procedures (gastroscopy and colonoscopy) at Pindara Day Procedure Centre, Pacific Private Day Hospital and Tweed Day Surgery.
George can admit and consult on inpatients at Allamanda and Pindara Private Hospitals, and remains a senior visiting Gastroenterologist at Gold Coast University Hospital.