James Fulforth

I was born and brought up in the UK and studied medicine in Edinburgh before moving to New Zealand in 2008. I completed gastroenterology training in 2017 following spells in Waikato and Christchurch. I then undertook an advanced fellowship at the Edinburgh IBD unit, where I cared for complex patients with inflammatory bowel disease as part of a highly specialised unit, performed a high volume of endoscopy and took part in further research in this area. I have been a consultant at Waikato Hospital since 2019 where I care for patients with a broad range of GI disease and continue to pursue these research interests.

After multiple international moves over the years, my family and I are excited to have made the Waikato home, and I am passionate about providing outstanding gastroenterology services for our local community.

Area of expertise:

  • Accredited National Bowel Cancer Screening Endoscopist
  • Diagnostic & Therapeutic Endoscopy (including chromoendoscopy)
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Crohn’s disease & ulcerative colitis)
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Dyspepsia
  • Coeliac disease
  • Gastrointestinal cancer
  • Oesophageal manometry and pH studies
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Liver disease

Current Employment

Consultant Gastroenterologist & Endoscopy Training Lead, Waikato DHB


  • FRACP (2017)
  • MBChB (2006)
  • BSc Med Sci (Hons) (2003)

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