Professor Rupert Leong is a Senior Staff Specialist gastroenterologist, Director of Endoscopy and Head of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Services at Concord Hospital, Clinical Professor of Medicine at University of Sydney and Macquarie University, Sydney Australia. He is the Clinical Discipline Head of Gastroenterology at Macquarie University Hospital and the previous Career Development Fellow (level 2 clinical) of the NHMRC. Prof Leong has appeared on ABC Catalyst, the Today Show, Nine National News, Channel 10 News, and features regularly on news forums relating to research and new advances in gastroenterology medications or endoscopic procedures.
Prof Leong has published over 210 (h index 52) high quality scientific journals publications in Nature Reviews, Gastroenterology, Gut, Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and Endoscopy. Amongst these are senior authorship of national and international consensus guidelines in both Australia and in Asia. He is section editor of the Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology and on the international editorial boards of the American Journal of Gastroenterology, Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics and Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.
Prof Leong is an executive member of a number of government bodies including the Agency for Clinical Innovation of NSW Health nominated for expertise in IBD and the Cancer Council of Australia Working Party on the revision of the clinical practice guidelines for colonoscopy and colorectal cancer, leading the section on surveillance colonoscopy in inflammatory bowel disease. Professor Leong was awarded the American Gastroenterological Association Fellowship by invitation on the basis of research excellence in 2012. He is the founding director of IBD Sydney, IBD School and IBD Masterclass.
With over 20 years’ experience in patient-care, Prof Leong is widely recognized for his knowledge, care, meticulous-planning and endoscopy skills especially on the role of advanced imaging techniques, colon cancer diagnostic strategies and treatment of Crohn’s disease strictures. His global reputation has led to speaking engagements and live endoscopy demonstrations around the world including in USA, Germany, China, Hong Kong, Singapore. He is a primary supervisor of PhD, MPhil and Masters by Research students and has supervised international gastroenterology fellows from Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Sweden, UK, Wales, Ireland and Northern Ireland. He is principal investigator of a number of clinical drug trials.