Dr Sam O’Connor graduated with Honours from the University of Sydney in 2006. His interest in gastroenterology stems from working as a research assistant for Professor Colm O’Morain, recent President of United European Gastroenterology, in Dublin Ireland during a year of travel in 2004. After University, Sam moved to Brisbane in 2007 where his junior and basic physician training was completed at The Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.
In 2011 Sam commenced training in gastroenterology in Townsville, before returning to Princess Alexandra in Brisbane for a further two years. His last year of formal advanced training was spent as the Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Motility Fellow.
In 2013 Sam was awarded the ‘Fresenius Kabi Travel Award’ by the Gastroenterological Society of Australia to present his abstract on ‘Polypectomy trends in Australia’ at the United European Gastroenterology Week in Berlin. He was also part of a select group of junior gastroenterologists globally invited to attend the 2014 ‘Advanced Intensive Inflammatory Bowel Disease’ course at the European Crohn’s and Colitis Congress in Copenhagen.
From May 2014 to May 2015 Sam undertook a fellowship in advanced colonoscopy in the United Kingdom with the Gloucestershire NHS Trust and Dr John Anderson.
Sam has interests in inflammatory bowel disease, quality and advanced colonoscopy, oesophageal dysmotility and capsule endoscopy. He has presented research at Australian Gastroenterology Week, United European Gastroenterology Week, Digestive Diseases Week in the United States, and the European Crohn’s and Colitis Congress.