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Our Specialists and Staff

Our team of medical professionals provide specialised expert Gastroenterology services across multiple locations on the Gold Coast, Southeast Queensland and the Tweed in northern NSW. We allow patients to better access important information about their treatment options in digestive diseases and liver related conditions.

Dr Lloyd Dorrington

Gastroenterologist/Endoscopist
Co-director of the Gold Coast Centre for Digestive Diseases

Lloyd Dorrington undertook his undergraduate training in Brisbane, graduating in 1973. He attained his Specialist Degree in 1980 and his post-graduate training was in both Brisbane and Sydney.

After four years as the inaugural staff physician at the Gold Coast Hospital, Lloyd underwent further post-graduate training at Guy’s Hospital in London and since 1985 has been a practising gastroenterologist on the Gold Coast in both the private and public spheres.

His research interests in the past have included Helicobacter pylori and Hepatitis C. He established the Liver Clinic at the Gold Coast Hospital. He practices upper and lower gastrointestinal endoscopy at Pindara Private Hospital as well as the Pindara Day Procedure Centre, Pacific Private Day Surgery and Gold Coast Private Hospital. His areas of special interest include gastrointestinal (stomach, oesophagus and colorectal) diseases, cancer screening and liver disease.

Lloyd and his staff have a reputation for providing a friendly and welcoming practice, striving at all times to ease your concerns and meet your needs in a supportive and compassionate manner.

Margie and Kaaren are available from 8.00a.m.- 4.30p.m. Monday to Friday and they can assist with any questions relevant to your:

  • Booking appointment/s
  • Any specific requirements
  • Fee structure

Please feel free to discuss any requests you may have. Contact us directly at 07 5591 4455

Or alternatively email us

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  • Gastroscopy
  • Colonoscopy
  • Oesophageal dilatation
  • Capsule Endoscopy

Dr George Ostapowicz

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. From 1995-1998, he undertook a research fellowship studying hepatitis C at St Vincent’s Hospital and the University of Melbourne Victoria. During this period he continued clinical work at both St Vincent’s and the Epworth Hospitals. Between 1998 and 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 is an Honorary Adjunct Associate Professor at Bond University, School of Medicine.

George joined the Gold Coast Centre for Digestive Diseases in September 2015 on the retirement of Dr David Robinson, co-founder of the Centre.

While his particular interest and expertise is in liver diseases, George continues to practice in all areas of Gastroenterology. In addition to Brockway House, he consults regularly at Tweed Day Surgery. He performs endoscopic procedures (gastroscopy and colonoscopy) at Pindara Day Procedure Centre, Pacific Private Day Surgery, Gold Coast Private Hospital, Tweed Day Surgery and is a Visiting Medical Officer at Pindara Private and Gold Coast Private Hospitals.

Vickie and Vivienne are available from 8.00a.m.- 4.30p.m. Monday to Friday and they can assist with any questions relevant to your:

  • Booking appointment/s
  • Any specific requirements
  • Fee structure

Please feel free to discuss any requests you may have –

Contact us directly at 07 5591 3155

Or alternatively email us

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  • Gastroscopy
  • Colonoscopy
  • Oesophageal dilatation
  • PEG placement

Dr Kashif Sheikh

Gastroenterologist/Endoscopist

Dr Kashif Sheikh is a Gastroenterologist and clinical lead of Liver diseases at the Gold Coast University Hospital. He received specialist gastroenterology training in England from 2004 -2010 and worked at various hospitals including fellowships at University College London and Royal Free Liver Transplant Unit in London.

Kashif has worked as a Consultant Gastroenterologist at Sir James Paget University Hospital (England) for few years before moving to Australia. He is a senior staff Specialist at Gold Coast University Hospital and a Fellow of Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Australia He is also a member of Royal College of Physicians, London.

His clinical interests are liver disease, Endoscopy and has presented work at various international gastroenterology meetings.

He has been involved in gastroenterology bedside teaching at various institutions in England and continues to do so for medical students of Griffiths and Bond university here at Gold Coast University Hospital. He is a member of Queensland Statewide clinical network committee for liver and pancreatic diseases.

Dr Sheikh is a visiting medical officer at Gold Coast Private Hospital, Pindara Private Hospital and Pacific Private Day Surgery. He accepts referrals for all hepatology, general gastrointestinal problems including upper GI endoscopy and Colonoscopy.

Vickie and Vivienne are available from 8.00a.m.- 4.30p.m. Monday to Friday and they can assist with any questions relevant to your:

  • Booking appointment/s
  • Any specific requirements
  • Fee structure

Please feel free to discuss any requests you may have –

Contact us directly at 07 5591 3155

Or alternatively email us

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  • Gastroscopy
  • Colonoscopy
  • Oesophageal dilatation
  • PEG placement

Dr Alex Dorrington

Gastroenterologist

Gold Coast born and bred, Alex undertook his undergraduate studies at the University of Queensland, attaining a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (BSc/MBBS) in 2011. He completed his internship and ensuing training in internal medicine here on the Gold Coast, and subsequently completed his core gastroenterology training in Cairns, the Gold Coast and Sydney. After attaining fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 2018, he then moved to the United Kingdom to complete a postgraduate clinical fellowship in inflammatory bowel disease in Cambridge. He is certified by the Conjoint Committee for the Recognition of Training in Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (CCRTGE) in upper GI endoscopy and colonoscopy.

Alex is a Staff Specialist Gastroenterologist at the Gold Coast University Hospital and also provides specialist gastroenterology care in the private sphere. Whilst he has a special interest in inflammatory bowel disease, Alex also provides services in general gastroenterology (including gastro-oesophageal reflux, coeliac disease and irritable bowel syndrome), liver disease and gastrointestinal cancer screening and prevention.

Outside of work, Alex is a sports enthusiast, with a particular passion for tennis, cricket, golf and just about any type of football you can think of.

Margie and Kaaren are available from 8.00a.m.- 4.30p.m. Monday to Friday and they can assist with any questions relevant to your:

  • Booking appointment/s
  • Any specific requirements
  • Fee structure

Please feel free to discuss any requests you may have. Contact us directly at 07 5591 4455

Or alternatively email us

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  • Gastroscopy
  • Colonoscopy
  • Oesophageal dilatation

Support Staff

Dr Lloyd Dorrington and Dr Alex Dorrington

Margie and Kaaren are available from 8.00a.m.- 4.30p.m. Monday to Friday and they can assist with any questions relevant to your:

  • Booking appointment/s
  • Any specific requirements
  • Fee structure

Please feel free to discuss any requests you may have.

Contact us directly on
07 5591 4455
or Email reception

Any further matters in relation to our medical practice should be directed to Chris Dorrington, who would be happy to help with any questions you have.

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Dr George Ostapowicz and Dr Kashif Sheikh

Vickie and Vivienne are available from 8.00a.m.- 4.30p.m. Monday to Friday and they can assist with any questions relevant to your:

  • Booking appointment/s
  • Any specific requirements
  • Fee structure

Please feel free to discuss any requests you may have.

Contact us directly on
07 5591 3155
or Email reception

BUSINESS MANAGER

Any further matters in relation to our medical practice should be directed to the Business Manager, Yvonne Michalski, who would be happy to help with any questions you have.

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