Mr Richard Perry

Colorectal Surgeon

Post graduate training/experience:

Richard graduated from Otago University Medical School in 1978 and completed general surgical training in Christchurch, gaining his Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 1986. From there he furthered his training in colorectal surgery with a Health Futures Foundation Fellowship at Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska, USA. In 1989 he was awarded a United States National Institutes of Health Fogarty Fellowship to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, USA where he gained further experience in colorectal surgery and in anorectal and pelvic floor disorders. Richard returned to New Zealand in 1990, just as video-laparoscopy was emerging. Early experience with laparoscopic surgery led to his pioneering laparoscopic colorectal surgery in New Zealand, performing his first laparoscopic bowel procedure in 1991, and first colonic resection in 1992. Since then he has performed more than a thousand laparoscopic operations for colorectal resection for bowel cancer, diverticular and inflammatory bowel disease, and endometriosis.

Special interests:

  • Laparoscopic colorectal surgery
  • Pelvic floor and anorectal disorders, including haemorrhoids, fistulas, rectocele and rectal prolapse.
  • Colonoscopy and colonoscopy standards
  • Surgical education and skills training
  • Governance and standards

Professional profile:

  • Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
  • Member Colorectal Surgical Society of Australia and New Zealand
  • Graduate Member Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • One of the Founding Directors of the Oxford Clinic Day Hospital 1996
  • Established Intus Digestive and Colorectal Care 2004
  • Visiting Consultant Surgeon, St Georges and Southern Cross Hospitals, Christchurch
  • Elected Councillor, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons 2011-present
  • Deputy Censor-in-Chief, RACS
  • Chairman, Skills Education Committee, RACS
  • Past Chairman, Australian and New Zealand Surgical Skills Education and Training Committee, RACS
  • Past Councillor and Secretary, Colorectal Surgical Society of Australia and New Zealand
  • Member, Mayo Alumni Association
  • Member New York Academy of Sciences
  • Member, New Zealand Medical Association
  • Member, Institute of Directors in New Zealand
  • Author of numerous papers on subjects relating to colorectal surgery and surgical education
  • Contributor to several surgical textbooks.