Dr Richard Cheng is an Australian trained gastroenterologist and the Director of Gastroenterology at Redcliffe Hospital in Brisbane. Dr Cheng graduated from the University of Melbourne and was awarded the Fellowship of the FRACP in 2014. His further studies included a Bachelor of Medical Science through the Austin Hospital Liver Transplant Unit, where he trained in management of chronic liver disease and its complications.
Dr Richard Cheng also completed a clinical fellowship in inflammatory bowel disease at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, providing specialist consultation and multidisciplinary care in gastroenterological diseases to patients in both Brisbane and regional Queensland. He is involved in GP education, awareness campaigns and has presented at multiple local and international conferences. He is committed to developing holistic and multidisciplinary gastroenterological care for patients. He enjoys teaching and mentoring junior medical staff in his daily work.
Dr Cheng was recognised at the Metro North Australia Day Achievement Awards 2021 for his achievements in driving improvements in Gastroenterology by diligently improving the service, spending quality time with patients, and delivering compassionate care.
Dr Cheng advocates for rapid access to high quality gastroenterology and endoscopy care for Queensland patients and sits on numerous local hospital and statewide clinical network for gastroenterology
Dr Cheng’s Special interests include:
North Star Gastroenterology offers option for suitable patients straight to colonoscopy/endoscopy for certain indications including:
If you wish to be considered for a direct access procedure, please discuss this with your GP and our friendly staff.
Reflux and heartburn (known also as Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) is a condition that affects up to 1 in 5 adults in the Western world. Barrett’s Oesophagus is a pre-malignant condition that can be associated with reflux disease, with most serious complication of oesophageal cancer. Endoscopy can confirm and monitor the severity of disease in both GORD and Barrett’s Oesophagus and guide further management.
Coeliac Disease is an autoimmune disease where the body’s immune system reacts abnormally to ingested gluten (including wheat-based foodstuff). Symptoms include diarrhoea, bloating and abdominal pain, fatigue, iron deficiency, weight loss and poor bone health. Endoscopy is useful in establishing diagnosis and gauging response to intervention.
Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis causes inflammation in the gut and affects around 90,000 Australians. Both condition present with symptoms including diarrhoea, pain, rectal bleeding, faecal urgency, iron deficiency and weight loss. Most severe complications may result in bowel resection. Colonoscopy with biopsy is essential in confirming disease and guiding treatment
This disorder of the gut-brain axis affects 1 in 5 Australians and manifest with abdominal pain, diarrhoea or constipation, and bloating – without evidence of intestinal inflammation. Objective investigations can be helpful in excluding significant bowel pathology and enabling your gastrointestinal specialist to focus on treating your symptoms
Bowel Cancer is the 3rd most common cause of cancer in Australia, and is preceded by growths on the inner lining of the bowel, called polyps. Most polyps and even bowel cancer can have no symptoms, but more than 15,000 cases of bowel cancer will be detected annually in Australia. Bowel cancer may be prevented by resection of the polyps via good quality colonoscopy. Your GP may refer you for colonoscopy after an abnormal bowel cancer screening test such as “FOBT” or “FIT” testing.
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