Dr Darren Pavey is an Interventional Endoscopist and Gastroenterologist with extensive clinical experience in the endoscopic diagnosis and management of gastrointestinal cancers.
Dr Pavey completed an Advanced Fellowship in ERCP, EUS and Interventional Endoscopy at Duke University in North Carolina; he was a Faculty member at Duke until he returned to Sydney to establish his private practice in 2008.
Dr Pavey consults at Sydney Medical Specialists and works at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, Macquarie University Hospital and St George Private Hospital in Sydney. He is Conjoint Senior Lecturer at the University of New South Wales and Clinical Senior Lecturer at Macquarie University.
Dr Pavey specialises in screening for all gastrointestinal cancers with a special interest in high risk populations including patients with a family history of GI cancer. He utilizes the latest state of the art equipment and techniques for screening, diagnosis and treatment for esophageal cancer (and pre-cancerous conditions such as Barrett’s esophagus), gastric (stomach) cancer, bile duct cancer, pancreatic cancer and bowel (colon) cancer. Specialised endoscopic techniques can now detect many pre-cancerous changes and early GI cancers before they spread (metastasize). Endoscopic therapy using minimally invasive techniques may be able to treat these early lesions, thereby possibly avoiding the need for major surgery or chemotherapy.
Dr Pavey routinely performs Colonoscopy, Gastroscopy, ERCP and Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) and is recognised by the Conjoint Committee for the Recognition of Training in Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (CCRTGE) in these procedures. He also performs radiofrequency ablation (RFA) for Barrett’s esophagus, endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR), endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) and endoscopic full thickness resection (FTR). He has trained numerous trainees in these advanced endoscopic procedures and techniques and continues to expand his endoscopic training program. He is the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) representative on the Conjoint Committee which evaluates the training of physicians and surgeons wishing to perform endoscopy procedures.
Dr Pavey’s clinical practice is augmented by his interest in endoscopic innovation, quality in healthcare and clinical research for endoscopic management for GI cancer. Dr Pavey is actively recruiting patients to clinical trials and collaborates with the Australian Gastrointestinal Trials Group (AGITG) and other researcher institutions, including the Garvan Research Institute and the Ingham Institute.
Dr Pavey focuses on quality in healthcare, especially in endoscopic procedures. He is currently the Co-Chair, Gastroenterology Network, NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI). Through the ACI he works with clinicians, consumers and managers to design and promote better healthcare for NSW. The ACI recently implemented an endoscopy reporting system across NSW public hospitals, which will facilitate the capture of information regarding endoscopy procedure across the state.
Dr Pavey is accepting new private referrals at Sydney Medical Specialists. He routinely reviews all new referrals within 24 hours to ensure patients are appropriately triaged to appointments and procedures. Urgent patient appointments and rapid access for endoscopy procedures are available. We are proud to participate in the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP).