Dr Damian Dowling completed his Medical Degree at Monash University, graduating with First Class Honours in 1989. He completed Basic Specialist Physician training and Advanced Training in Gastroenterology at The Royal Melbourne Hospital. After training in endoscopy at The Royal Melbourne Hospital, he received Gastroenterological Society of Australia (GESEA) accreditation for both gastroscopy and colonoscopy.
In 1996 Dr Dowling was awarded the GESA Travelling Fellowship in Hepatology and susequently worked for 2 years in The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Liver Unit in Edgbaston, UK. The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Liver Unit is one of the world’s largest Liver Units being a tertiary referral centre for approximately 20 million people.
Dr Dowling commenced practice in Geelong in 1999. His practice focus is on providing comprehensive, quality, evidence based care.
Areas of special interest include colorectal cancer prevention, familial colorectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, and acute and chronic liver disease. Dr Dowling has undertaken research and published in these areas.
An additional interest relates to quality outcomes in endoscopy. Regular audit of Dr Dowling’s endoscopy outcomes (including adenoma detection rate, caecal intubation rate and complications) consistently show markers of quality endoscopy in excess of those recommended by expert bodies including The Gastroenterological Society of Australia and The American Gastroenterology Association.
Dr Dowling is involved in many aspects of teaching including medical student teaching through Deakin University, teaching of junior medical staff at the Geelong Hospital and teaching of advanced trainees in the field of Gastroenterology.
Barwon Health (University Hospital Geelong)
St John of God Hospital