Class of 1991
Director of Gastroenterology and Endoscopy Services, Tasmanian Health Service – North
Medicine encompasses a wide range of knowledge and specialisation, and for Dr Scott Fanning it is the specialty of gastroenterology involving diseases of the digestive tract. In layman’s terms, his work covers anything and everything from the mouth to the backside.
Scott currently holds the position of Director of Gastroenterology and Endoscopy Services for the Tasmanian Health Service – North, with a special interest in interventional endoscopy.
After graduating from John Paul College in 1991, Scott studied pharmacy at The University of Queensland (UQ) where he graduated in 1994. After a time working as a community pharmacist, he began to consider a career in medicine.
Accepting an offer to study medicine at UQ, Scott thrived and was awarded First-class Honours as well as the University Medal in 2001 for outstanding academic achievement.
Following completion of Basic Physician Training, Scott was presented the opportunity to travel to Tasmania for his first year of advanced gastroenterology training in 2007 where he met his wife, Fiona. Moving back to Brisbane and then on to Sydney, Scott completed the Endoscopic Ultrasound Fellowship at Concord Hospital and the Interventional Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Fellowship in Australia’s most prestigious endoscopy unit at Westmead Hospital, Sydney.
A move back to Tasmania resulted in Scott’s appointment as a visiting specialist in 2011 and Director of Gastroenterology in 2018.
‘I’m really pleased I made those career decisions as it has been a wonderful journey and I thoroughly enjoy all aspects of my work’ Scott says. ‘Although it may sound cliché, it continues to be a real privilege to participate meaningfully in patient care and it is something I am grateful for on a daily basis.’
Scott’s love of science was fostered by his father and by chemistry and physics classes with Mr Robert Marr. As such, he never really considered anything other than a science-based career.
Scott’s days are spent tending to patients referred by their local family doctor, whilst his nights and weekends are frequently spent on-call for emergency cases including acute liver failure, endoscopic control of acute life-threatening bleeding, and biliary sepsis.
‘The hours are long, but it is very satisfying work, and there’s no better feeling than knowing you have just saved a life’ Scott says.
Scott enjoys training nursing and medical students and supervises an advanced gastroenterology trainee position in Launceston as part of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians VIC/TAS training program. He also serves on a number of state-wide committees addressing quality and safety of endoscopic procedures, and continues to publish research articles in national and international journals.
Scott hopes to continue working in gastroenterology for many more years, whilst enjoying the wonderful lifestyle and outdoor activities that living in Tasmania offers him and his family.
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