Dr Ian Bradford

MB BCh 1991 Witwatersrand; FRCS (Gen Surg) 1996; CCST (UK) Gen Surg 2003

Dr Ian Bradford
Practising at

Southern Cross Central Lakes Hospital - General Surgery


General Surgery

Special Clinical Interest(s)
  • Colonic surgery - Cancer, Divecticular, Colitis, Crohn's
  • Anorectal surgery - Pelvic Floor, Prolapse, Piles, Incontinence
  • Laparoscopic surgery - Colorectal, Pelvic Floor, Intestinal, Gall bladder, Hernia
  • General surgery - Hernia, Abdominal Wall Reconstruction
  • Endoscopy - Gastroscopy and Colonoscopy
Professional Profile

Ian is a Board Certified General and Colorectal Surgeon with experience and credentialling gained across Europe, the Far East and Australasia. His focus today is on delivering state-of-the-art Colorectal and General surgery care, and on high quality digestive system endoscopy (gastroscopy and colonoscopy). Ian works in Christchurch and in Queenstown in the private sector exclusively. He is a member of several local and international organisations covering his specialities and he has worked with the Association of Coloproctology, the Royal Colleges of Surgery, the Specialist Training Committees and surgical industry partners to train his fellow specialists and the future generation of surgeons in advanced surgical techniques. Ian treats a variety of colorectal and general surgical problems in the abdomen and pelvis (see below). His surgical work has been complemented by holding leadership positions for bowel cancer services, for keyhole surgery, for clinical directorship and for governance committees in both large teaching hospitals, health charities and private medical facilities. Ian has also undertaken surgical Expert Witness work for the medicolegal sector. His experience of so many facets of surgical care across such a variety of organisations and countries have provided him with a deep understanding of his sector, how it works, what “excellence of care” in his speciality really means to patients, and how to deliver that care to them through his practice.

Post Fellowship Training

Ian undertook 2 years of research for a post-graduate Doctorate (MD) thesis at Newcastle University in the UK, focusing on Ulcerative Colitis, after being awarded a prestigious Research Fellowship through the Royal College of Surgeons of England. In 2002 he was awarded an Ethicon overseas travel award for one year to take up the position of Associate Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong where the world’s largest bowel cancer keyhole surgery unit of its day was located. He returned to the UK and was certified by the Intercollegiate Specialty Board in 2004, whereupon he took up his first specialist post of Consultant Surgeon and Clinical Lecturer.

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