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David Devonshire lives in Melbourne, Australia, a cosmopolitan bayside city of 3.5 million people. He graduated from Monash University Medical School in 1987, and then undertook internal medicine and GI training at Prince Henry's Hospital and Monash Medical Centre, under M G Korman and J Hansky. His training also included clinical immunology.
In 1995 Dr Devonshire completed his GI training. He then moved to the Digestive Disease Center at the Medical University of South Carolina, USA, to complete an Advanced GI Fellowship from 1997 to 1998. During this fellowship he worked directly with Dr P B Cotton, Dr R Hawes, and Dr J T Cunningham, concentrating on interventional ERCP and advanced endoscopic therapy.
Dr Devonshire currently combines a busy private practice with inpatient hospital care back at the Monash Medical Centre.
His main interests include interventional upper and lower GI endoscopy, particularly ERCP, APC, GI bleeding, and luminal stenting. He also enjoys being part of a busy Hepatology Clinic and viral hepatitis research. The unit additionally has an active program of promoting colorectal cancer prevention and research.
- What made you decide to become a gastroenterologist?
- The flexibility to be able to combine 'face-to-face' patient care with interventional procedures attracted me most.
- Who was the teacher you admired the most?
- I would definitely say P B Cotton. He has an amazing experience and can share it with a balanced appraisal of outcomes and comparative measures in an honest way. He also has a great ability to inspire people and reinforced to me the notion of complete patient care by multiple disciplines working together.
- Which research paper influenced you the most?
- Any that unravels the genetic basis of disease.
- What is the most important fact that you have discovered?
- Communication with the patient and family about what we do and can/can't achieve. It makes everyone more satisfied with the patients' outcome, whether it may be good or bad.
- What is the biggest mistake that you have made?
- Taking on too much!
- What is your unfulfilled ambition?
- To describe better ways to do things, before everyone else does. I think I'm too slow or too busy to put those thoughts and dreams into print.
- What is your greatest regret?
- Not staying in the USA to complete more clinical research and maybe even a PhD.
- How do you relax?
- At home, I go cycling, either along the bayside beaches or the Yarra River to the city riverside cafes. On weekends I love to take my surfboard anywhere along the Great Ocean Road. On holidays, it's deep-sea fishing, naps by the pool, fine food and wine.
- What is your favorite sport?
- I don't think I have one. Anything outdoors and with an edge of risk will do.
- What is your best place in the world?
- Bora Bora, Tahiti. I had my honeymoon there. I recently went back and loved it just as much.
- What is your favorite film?
- "Sliding Doors". The premise that so much can change by a little intervention or chance keeps me wondering.
- What car do you drive?
- BMW 328i. It does the job for now, until the new M3 arrives, but don't tell my wife I said that.
- What is your best electronic 'toy'?
- My wife would say the Bose Home Theatre and Sound System, but I would say my PC.
- What book are you reading at the moment?
- "Cod" by Mark Kurlansky. It's an enlightening and factual tale of the influences to social history made by a fish. I'm also reading "Spot the Dog" and "The Hungry Caterpillar" to my one year-old son Joshua, every day!
- Why did you get in involved in GastroHep.com?
- I was introduced by P B Cotton. Like so many of his ideas and visions, it begs for all the gastroenterology community to participate and help make life better for all of us - so here I am. The Net is obviously also the medium to share ideas and experience quickly and efficiently.