Professor Tim Eglinton

Professor Tim Eglinton

Consultant Colorectal and General Surgeon

Areas Of Specialisation:

Colonoscopy and upper GI endoscopy
Hernia Repair
Laparoscopic surgery including hernia, cholecystectomy and colorectal procedures
Colorectal cancer
Inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis)
Diverticular disease
Functional bowel disorders (incontinence, constipation and obstructed defaecation)
Anorectal pathology (including fissures, fistulas, haemorrhoids and pilonidal sinus disease)

Positions And Memberships Held:


Head of Department of Surgery, University of Otago, Christchurch
Consultant Surgeon, Christchurch Public, Southern Cross, St George’s and Forte Hospitals
Fellow Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
Fellow Colorectal Surgical Society of Australia & New Zealand
Fellow American College of Surgeons
Member Australia and New Zealand Training Board in Colon and Rectal Surgery
Member New Zealand Association of General Surgeons
Member Australasian Gastrointestinal Trials Group
Member New Zealand Society of Oncology


More About Prof Tim Eglinton:

Tim is a Consultant Colorectal and General Surgeon and Head of the Department of Surgery at the University of Otago, Christchurch.
Tim completed his undergraduate medical training at the Christchurch school of Medicine in 1996. Following this he progressed rapidly through general surgical training to become a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) in 2005. He was appointed to the Cambridge University Hospital, Cambridge, UK as a Fellow in Coloproctology where he furthered his specialist training in colorectal surgery. Subsequent to that Tim completed a fellowship in Adelaide at the Royal Adelaide and Queen Elizabeth hospitals where he specialised in laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery and became a member (and subsequently fellow) of the Colorectal Surgical Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSSANZ).
Tim returned to Christchurch in 2008 where he works as a Consultant Surgeon, with a busy practice in general and colorectal surgery. He is one of the South Island’s foremost laparoscopic colorectal surgical specialists and performs minimally invasive (keyhole) treatment for a wide range of colorectal and abdominal conditions.
As Head of Department at the University of Otago, Christchurch, Tim has a strong interest in research, with a focus on improving the lives of patients with colorectal cancer, diverticular disease and inflammatory bowel disease. He has published over 100 papers and text books on surgical topics. Throughout his training and specialist career Tim has received a number of distinctions including the CSSANZ Phil Douglas Award, The ACGBPI Fellowship and the American College of Surgeons International Guest Scholarship. As a result of these awards he has visited and lectured at prestigious institutions around the world, including Memorial Sloan Kettering (New York), the John Radcliffe Hospital (Oxford, UK), University College (Dublin) and St Marks Hospital (London).
As a senior surgical specialist, Tim is also heavily involved in training young surgeons in Christchurch and across Australasia. He is a past Chairman of the CSSANZ (NZ), a member of the Australia and New Zealand Training Board in Colon and Rectal Surgery (ANZTBCRS) and sits on the RACS Surgical Skills Committee.
Tim lives here in Christchurch with his wife of over 20 years, Devonie. Devonie is a clinical research physician and serves on the MoH Health and Disability Ethics Committee. Devonie and Tim have three boys and spend their available weekends on the sidelines coaching and watching cricket, basketball and football; sports in which the boys show far more promise than their father!