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Spiro Raftopoulos - Interventional Endoscopist & Gastroenterologist

Always listen to your patients. They known themselves better than anyone else...

📜 Specialty

All aspects of interventional endoscopy including endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)

🎓 Education

  • Undergraduate: University of Western Australia
  • Postgraduate GI Training: Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Perth, Western Australia
  • Postgraduate GI Training: Royal Perth Hospital, Perth, Western Australia
  • Fellowship: Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Perth, Western Australia
  • Fellowship: St Michael's Hospital, Toronto Canada

Dr Spiro Raftopoulos prides himself in the delivery of expert management in all aspects of general gastroenterology, therapeutic endoscopy and high quality colonoscopic services.

His specific interests lie in the provision of minimally invasive endoscopic alternatives to surgery for a variety of conditions including Barrett’s Oesophagus with access to the latest endoscopic techniques including endoscopic resection (EMR and ESD) and radiofrequency ablation, endoscopic management of advanced and complex Colonic Polyps, endoscopic management of Achalasia including POEM (per oral endoscopic myotomy) procedure, endoscopic management of Pharyngeal Pouches (Zenker’s Diverticulum), endoscopic management of oesophageal diverticulae and all aspects of Eosinophilic Oesophagitis management including dilation.

Dr Raftopoulos works closely with the Genetics Services at King Edwards Memorial Hospital and provides high quality surveillance gastroscopy and colonoscopy for herediatry cancer syndromes such as FAP, Lynch and Serrated Polyposis Syndrome.

Honours and Awards

  • A&A Saw Medical Research Fellowship 2010
  • WA Gastroenterology Trainee Research Prize 2008, 2009
  • Premier Service Award – SCGH 2008

Background

Dr Raftopoulos completed his gastroenterology training in Perth. He subsequently undertook fellowship training at the prestigious St Michael’s Hospital in Toronto Canada in interventional endoscopy before returning to Perth and being appointed as a Consultant Gastroenterologist at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.

Professional Medical Memberships/committees

  • Australian and New Zealand Endoscopy Leaders Forum (ANZELF)
  • Cancer Council of Australia
  • Royal Australasian College of Pathologist
  • Gastroenterological Society of Australia (GESA)
  • UWA CTEC Platinum Convenor
  • Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP)
  • Australian Medical Association (AMA)

Academic Appointments

  • Private appointment - Hollywood Private Hospital, Perth
  • Private/Public appointment - Peel Health Campus, Mandurah
  • Public appointment - Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Perth
  • Clinical lecturer of medicine - The University of Western Australia

Personal

I have a wide range of interests including kitesurfing, fishing and diving. I most enjoy time with my family and friends. As a child, I always had an interest in fixing things which is what drove me towards a career in medicine. Treating and healing patients with a variety of conditions has been the ultimate professional reward.

Publications

  1. Outcomes of thermal ablation of the mucosal defect margin after endoscopic mucosal resection: A prospective, international, multi-centre trial of 1000 large non-pedunculated colorectal polyps
    Mayenaaz Sidhu, Neal Shahidi, Sunil Gupta, Lobke Desomer, Sergei Vosko, W. Arnout van Hattem, Luke F. Hourigan, Eric Y.T. Lee, Alan Moss, Spiro Raftopoulos, Steve J. Heitman, Stephen J. Williams, Simon Zanati, David J. Tate, Nicholas Burgess, Michael J. Bourke
  2. A prospective multicentre study of per-oral endoscopic myotomy (POEM) for achalasia in Australia
    Sunil Gupta, Mayenaaz Sidhu, Xuan Banh, Joseph Bradbear, Karen Byth, Luke F Hourigan, Spiro Raftopoulos, Michael J Bourke
  3. The modern management of Barrett’s oesophagus and related neoplasia: role of pathology
    M Priyanthi Kumarasinghe, Michael Armstrong, Jonathan Foo, Spiro C Raftopoulos
  4. International validation of a risk prediction algorithm for patients with malignant colorectal polyps
    C. Richards, K. Levic, J. Fischer, T. Eglinton, G. Ramsay, P. Kumarasinghe, S. Raftopoulos, I. Brown
  5. Revising the definition of vertical margin involvement following endoscopic polypectomy may reduce unnecessary surgery in patients with malignant colorectal polyps
    Richards C, Kumarasinghe P, Hessamodini H, Waldron A, Fernando D, Hodder R, Jacques A, Raftopoulos S
  6. Cold snare piecemeal EMR of large sessile colonic polyps ≥20 mm (with video)
    Mangira D, Cameron K, Simons K, Zanati S, LaNauze R, Raftopoulos S, Brown G, Moss A
  7. Pathological assessment of endoscopic resections of the gastrointestinal tract: a comprehensive clinicopathologic review
    Kumarasinghe MP, Bourke MJ, Brown I, Draganov PV, McLeod D, Streutker C, Raftopoulos S, Ushiku T, Lauwers GY
  8. Impact of en bloc resection on long-term outcomes after endoscopic mucosal resection: a matched cohort study
    Tate DJ, Sidhu M, Bar-Yishay I, Desomer L, Brown G, Hourigan LF, Lee EYT, Moss A, Raftopoulos S, Singh R, Williams SJ, Zanati S, Burgess N, Bourke MJ
  9. Definitive therapy of colonic angioectasia by submucosal coagulation
    Sriram N, Bar-Yishay I, Kumarasinghe P, Yusoff I, Segarajasingam D, Bourke MJ, Raftopoulos S
  10. Patterns of p53 immunoreactivity in non-neoplastic and neoplastic Barrett's mucosa of the oesophagus: in-depth evaluation in endoscopic mucosal resections
    Toon C, Allanson B, Leslie C, Acott N, Mirzai B, Raftopoulos S, Kumarasinghe MP
  11. The size, morphology, site, and access score predicts critical outcomes of endoscopic mucosal resection in the colon
    Sidhu M, Tate DJ, Desomer L, Brown G, Hourigan LF, Lee EYT, Moss A, Raftopoulos S, Singh R, Williams SJ, Zanati S, Burgess N, Bourke MJ
  12. Hot avulsion may be effective as salvage treatment for focal Barrett's esophagus remaining after endoscopic therapy for dysplasia or early cancer: a preliminary study
    Aranda-Hernández J, Shimamura Y, Grin A, Iwaya Y, Cirocco M, Kandel G, May G, Kortan P, Raftopoulos S, Marcon N
  13. Risk Stratification for Covert Invasive Cancer Among Patients Referred for Colonic Endoscopic Mucosal Resection: A Large Multicenter Cohort
    Burgess NG, Hourigan LF, Zanati SA, Brown GJ, Singh R, Williams SJ, Raftopoulos SC, Ormonde D, Moss A, Byth K, Mahajan H, McLeod D, Bourke MJ
  14. Early Barrett esophagus-related neoplasia in segments 1 cm or longer is always associated with intestinal metaplasia
    Allanson BM, Bonavita J, Mirzai B, Khor TS, Raftopoulos SC, de Boer WB, Brown IS, Kumarasinghe MP
  15. Standardization of endoscopic resection for colorectal tumors larger than 10 mm in diameter
    Oka S, Uraoka T, Tamai N, Ikematsu H, Chino A, Okamoto K, Takeuchi Y, Imai K, Ohata K, Shiga H, Raftopoulos S, Lee BI, Matsuda T
  16. Adenoma recurrence after piecemeal colonic EMR is predictable: the Sydney EMR recurrencetool
    Tate DJ, Desomer L, Klein A, Brown G, Hourigan LF, Lee EY, Moss A, Ormonde D, Raftopoulos S, Singh R, Williams SJ, Zanati S, Byth K, Bourke MJ
  17. Prediction of Clinically Significant Bleeding Following Wide-Field Endoscopic Resection of Large Sessile and Laterally Spreading Colorectal Lesions: A Clinical Risk Score
    Bahin FF, Rasouli KN, Byth K, Hourigan LF, Singh R, Brown GJ, Zanati SA, Moss A, Raftopoulos S, Williams SJ, Bourke MJ
  18. Endoscopic mucosal resection for large serrated lesions in comparison with adenomas: a prospective multicentre study of 2000 lesions
    Pellise M, Burgess NG, Tutticci N, Hourigan LF, Zanati SA, Brown GJ, Singh R, Williams SJ, Raftopoulos SC, Ormonde D, Moss A, Byth K, P'Ng H, Mahajan H, McLeod D, Bourke MJ
  19. Australian New Zealand Liver Transplant Study Group. Additive impact of pre-liver transplant metabolic factors on survival post-liver transplant
    Adams LA, Arauz O, Angus PW, Sinclair M, MacDonald GA, Chelvaratnam U, Wigg AJ, Yeap S, Shackel N, Lin L, Raftopoulos S, McCaughan GW, Jeffrey GP
  20. Clinical and endoscopic predictors of cytological dysplasia or cancer in a prospective multicentre study of large sessile serrated adenomas/polyps
    Burgess NG, Pellise M, Nanda KS, Hourigan LF, Zanati SA, Brown GJ, Singh R, Williams SJ, Raftopoulos SC, Ormonde D, Moss A, Byth K, P'Ng H, McLeod D, Bourke MJ
  21. Australian clinical practice guidelines for the diagnosis and management of Barrett's esophagus and early esophageal adenocarcinoma
    Whiteman DC, Appleyard M, Bahin FF, Bobryshev YV, Bourke MJ, Brown I, Chung A, Clouston A, Dickins E, Emery J, Eslick GD, Gordon LG, Grimpen F, Hebbard G, Holliday L, Hourigan LF, Kendall BJ, Lee EY, Levert-Mignon A, Lord RV, Lord SJ, Maule D, Moss A, Norton I, Olver I, Pavey D, Raftopoulos S, Rajendra S, Schoeman M, Singh R, Sitas F, Smithers BM, Taylor AC, Thomas ML, Thomson I, To H, von Dincklage J, Vuletich C, Watson DI, Yusoff IF
  22. Prophylactic endoscopic coagulation to prevent bleeding after wide-field endoscopic mucosal resection of large sessile colon polyps
    Bahin FF, Naidoo M, Williams SJ, Hourigan LF, Ormonde DG, Raftopoulos SC, Holt BA, Sonson R, Bourke MJ
  23. Hot avulsion: a modification of an existing technique for management of nonlifting areas of a polyp (with video)
    Veerappan SG, Ormonde D, Yusoff IF, Raftopoulos SC
  24. Intramural gastric abscess from dropped gallstones presenting as a subepithelial lesion (with video)
    Chen HC, Tee CT, Segarajasingam DS, Raftopoulos SC, Yusoff IF
  25. Image analysis of liver collagen using sirius red is more accurate and correlates better with serum fibrosis markers than trichrome
    Huang Y, de Boer WB, Adams LA, MacQuillan G, Rossi E, Rigby P, Raftopoulos SC, Bulsara M, Jeffrey GP
  26. Education and Imaging. Gastrointestinal: A sheep in wolf's clothing
    Raftopoulos SC, Efthymiou M, Marcon N, Streutker C
  27. Wire assisted transpancreatic septotomy, needle knife precut or both for difficult biliary access
    Chan CH, Brennan FN, Zimmerman MJ, Ormonde DG, Raftopoulos SC, Yusoff IF
  28. Loop tip wire guided cannulation is a safe and effective technique even when performed by trainee endoscopists. (abstract)
    Chan CH, Brennan FC, Raftopoulos SC, Yusoff F
  29. Outcomes of endoscopic mucosal resection of Barrett’s mucosa with high grade dysplasia and intramucosal oesophageal cancer. (abstract)
    Raftopoulos SC, Ormonde D, Brennan FN, Yusoff IF
  30. Gastric intraepithelial neoplasia in a Western population
    Raftopoulos SC, Kumarasinghe P, de Boer B, Iacobelli J, Kontorinis N, Fermoyle S, Olynyk J, Forrest C, Ee HC, Yusoff IF
  31. Education and imaging. Gastrointestinal: Atypical hyperplastic gastric polyposis: a case report and brief review of the literature
    Raftopoulos SC, Efthymiou M, Streutker CJ, May GR
  32. Education and imaging. Gastrointestinal: beware of the painful rectum
    Raftopoulos SC, Efthymiou M, Kortan P
  33. Dysplastic Barrett's esophagus in cirrhosis: a treatment dilemma
    Raftopoulos SC, Efthymiou M, May G, Marcon N
  34. Flexible endoscopic septoplasty for bilobed Zenker's diverticulum
    Efthymiou M, Raftopoulos S, Marcon N
  35. Comparison of noninvasive models of fibrosis in chronic hepatitis B
    Raftopoulos SC, George J, Bourliere M, Rossi E, de Boer WB, Jeffrey GP, Bulsara M, Speers DJ, MacQuillan G, Ching HL, Kontorinis N, Cheng W, Flexman J, Fermoyle S, Rigby P, Walsh L, McLeod D, Adams LA
  36. Air embolism complicated by left hemiparesis after direct cholangioscopy with an intraductal balloon anchoring system
    Efthymiou M, Raftopoulos S, Antonio Chirinos J, May GR
  37. An unusual cause of small-intestine mucosal pigmentation
    Raftopoulos SC, Fermoyle S
  38. A cohort study of missed and new cancers after esophagogastroduodenoscopy
    Raftopoulos SC, Segarajasingam DS, Burke V, Ee HC, Yusoff IF
  39. Levosimendan following coronary artery bypass grafting in a patient with end-stage renal failure: a case report
    Raftopoulos SC
  40. Epstein-Barr virus-associated cholangiopathy: a new disease entity?
    Raftopoulos SC, Garas G, Price R, de Boer WB, Jeffrey GP, Yusoff IF

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