GASTROENTEROLOGY & DIGESTIVE HEALTH
For more than 20 years, Samford Road Day Hospital’s Gastroenterologists have been leaders in their field, managing all aspects of our patients’ gastrointestinal health.
Over the past two decades, we have played a significant role in Brisbane’s management of bowel disorders and shaped the exceptional standard of care you receive from our gastroenterologist team.
Our gastroenterologists collectively perform over 1000 endoscopy procedures each year at our Gaythorne facility. Samford Road has always sought to ensure patients receive exceptional care close to home by warm and empathetic staff in an environment more comfortable and inviting than your typical hospital setting. Every day, we strive to make this a reality for our patients.
Our Specialist Gastroenterologist Team
Samford Road’s first-class gastroenterologists, consult and operate at our facility, bringing with them extensive backgrounds and specialised areas of interest. Our gastroenterologists work closely with one another to deliver the highest standard in patient care. Our team use an array of high definition scopes to find the best possible solution and pathway to manage each patient’s gastrointestinal condition. We have industry-leading benchmark detection and satisfaction rates, and our commitment to best practice means we digitally record every endoscopy procedure for peer review. The care and treatment we provide is always tailored to each patient’s individual requirements.
We offer a full range of Digestive Health Services, specialising in the treatment and management of
Common Gastrointestinal Disorders:
- Coeliac Disease
- Colon Cancer Prevention, Polyp Detection and Surveillance
- Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux Disease (GORD)
- Oesophageal Dysmotility
- Peptic Ulcer Disease
Disorders of the Gut-Grain Axis (functional Gastrointestinal Disorders/IBS)
- Bloating and Gas
- Food Intolerances including Specialist Dietetic Input
- Further investigation and diagnoisis of common GI symptoms
- Pelvic Floor Disorders, Faecal Incontinence
Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis
- Medical and Surgical
Liver Disease, Including
- Alcohol-Related Liver Disease
- Autoimmune Hepatitis
- Cirrhosis Management and HCC Screening
- Further investigation and workup of abnormal LFTs
- Haemochromatosis and investigation of Hyperferritinaemia
- Hepatitis B and C and Antiviral Treatment
- Liver Transplantation Assessment
- Metabolic Associated Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD)
- Primary Biliary Cholangitis
- Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis
Samford Road Gastroenterologists specialise in the following procedures, collectively performing over 1000 gastroscopies and colonoscopies each year:
- Colonoscopy and Polypectomy
- Gastroscopy (including dilatation)
- Rapid Iron Infusions
Our patients are cared for by specialised teams who manage and oversee the care of each patient throughout their course of treatment. Continuity of care is a major focus for our gastroenterologist team.
Coming into a healthcare facility can feel daunting. However, our team’s compassion, empathy and experience reduce these feelings of anxiety as treatment at Samford Road Day Hospital allows our patients to return to the comfort of their homes faster.
We have an agreement with all the major health funds. For patients without health insurance, we can organise an all-inclusive, highly competitive quote.
Priority Access To Colonoscopy & Gastroscopy Services – Open Access Program
Our Open Access program gives patients priority access and expert advice at a reduced cost if an initial consultation isn’t required. When patients visit us through our Open Access Program, their results are provided to their GP immediately after the procedure and to the patient upon discharge.
One of the many benefits of our Open Access Program is that, for example, a patient with a positive FOB (ie. blood in their stool) can be seen by one of our Gastroenterologist within 7 days instead of having to wait weeks to investigate the issue further. This helps patients overcome feelings of stress and uncertainty as they receive priority, high quality care from our next available gastroenterologist.
The National Bowel Cancer Screening Program
The National Bowel Cancer Screening program is a nationwide initiative designed to save lives by detecting the early signs of bowel cancer, Australia’s leading cause of cancer-related death.
Eligible Australians from 50 to 74 years of age are sent a free, simple test (for pathologists to check if there is any blood in your stool) that is carried out at home. If 60% of the population does their bowel screening tests, more than 24,000 additional lives will be saved by 2040.
Our Open Access Program is an excellent service available to people who detect blood in their stool as the wait time is minimal to see one of our Gastroenterologists.
Image Credit: Queensland Health
Meet Our First-Class Team of Gastroenterologists
Open Access Doctors
Dr Yanez Peerbaccus MBChB, FRACP
• Microscopic Colitis
• Inflammatory Bowel Disease
• Coeliac Disease
• Irritable Bowel Syndrome
• Liver Disorders
• Haemorrhoid Banding
• Bowel Cancer Screening
• Therapeutic Endoscopy
• Gastric Balloon for weight loss
Dr Peerbaccus is a dual-trained Gastroenterologist and Internal Medicine Specialist who consults and performs procedures at Samford Road Day Hospital.
Dr Peerbaccus graduated from the University of Cape Town South Africa in 2005. He relocated to New Zealand in 2007 where he completed his advanced training in Auckland and was awarded his Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of Physicians (FRACP) in 2018.
He has received extensive training in General Gastroenterology, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Liver Diseases, Motility Disorders and Functional Disorders. Dr Peerbaccus provides a wide range of services in General Gastroenterology and Hepatology. He performs Colonoscopy & Gastroscopic procedures at both Samford Road Day Hospital and North Lakes Day Hospital.
Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Dr Maguire graduated from University College Dublin in 1988 and commenced her training in Gastroenterology in Dublin in 1992. She spent a year doing clinical research in Inflammatory Bowel Disease at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary and completed her training at Princess Alexandra and Mater Adult Hospitals in Brisbane. She became a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Physicians in 1999.
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Motility Disorder
- Liver Disease
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Coeliac Disease
- Bowel Cancer Screening
Dr Zad completed his medical training at the Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Iran 2002. He continued his basic Physician training in New South Wales and completed his Gastroenterology advanced traineeship in Queensland and New South Wales.
He was awarded his Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of Physicians in 2018 and is accredited with the Gastroenterology Society of Australia (GESA) for gastroscopy and colonoscopy. He is currently appointed as a consultant Gastroenterologist at Caboolture Hospital and STAR Herston.
Dr Zad consults on a broad range of gastroenterological conditions including Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Motility disorder, Liver Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Coeliac Disease and Bowel Cancer Screening.
Ali is passionate about research and his research has been published in various scientific journals. He is also active in teaching medical students and junior trainees. Individualised care and furthering tertiary level care is Dr Zad’s priority in practicing medicine. He is fluent in Persian and English.
• Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
• Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
• Luminal Endoscopy
Gastroenterology & Hepatologist
Dr Hadi Moattar is a clinical Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist with special interest in Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Luminal Endoscopy and Polypectomy.
Dr Moattar completed his Medical Degree with Distinction in 2004 and has since worked in various hospitals in the United Kingdom and Queensland. In 2016, he completed his Gastroenterology and Hepatology Fellowship after being trained at Mater Adult Hospital, The Prince Charles Hospital, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, and Townsville Hospital.
Dr Moattar then worked as an Inflammatory Bowel Disease Fellow with the Fiona Stanley Hospital (Perth’s main IBD centre) in 2017 to expand his experience and skill in the management of complex patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
He uses his clinical and interpersonal skills to optimise patients’ care and quality of life in close collaboration with IBD Nurses, Dietitians, Colorectal Surgeons, Clinical Psychologists and Radiologists. Currently Dr Moattar works as a staff Gastroenterologist at Gold Coast University Hospital.
Dr Moattar enjoys teaching junior doctors and students; he actively participates in quality assurance projects and publishes the results of these projects in both national and international, peer-reviewed journals.