Prof. Shan Rajendra
MBBCh, MSc, MD, FRCP, FRCPE, FRACP
Professor Rajendra obtained his undergraduate medical degree from the National University of Ireland in 1988. After a South East Thames Gastroenterology and General Medicine career registrar rotation, he became a Research Fellow in the Digestive Diseases Research Centre, St. Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical College, London. He is currently Professor of Medicine, University of New South Wales, Senior Clinical Academic Gastroenterologist/Interventional Endoscopist and Director of Medicine, Bankstown Hospital, Sydney (a quaternary referral centre for gastroenterological diseases and a metropolitan teaching hospital). It is the New South Wales referral centre for endoscopic management (radio-frequency ablation and endoscopic mucosal resection) of Barrett’s dysplasia and intra-mucosal adenocarcinoma.
His main research interest is gastro-esophageal reflux disease and Barrett’s oesophagus and has approximately 50 publications as first or last and corresponding author. In addition, he is a WEB committee member of the International Society of Diseases of the Oesophagus (ISDE) as well as an Associate Editor of its official publication, Diseases of the Esophagus.
Prof Rajendra is the Founding Director and Lead Investigator of the Gastro-Intestinal Viral Oncology Group, Ingham Institute, Liverpool, Sydney. This was the first group in the world to hypothesise and publish that high-risk human papillomavirus (HPV) is associated with Barrett’s dysplasia and oesophageal adenocarcinoma. The findings have the potential to lead to vaccination against a subset of Barrett’s dysplasia and treatment modification in oesophageal cancer.