Dr David Burling

Dr David Burling

Gastrointestinal Radiologist

My career aim is to prevent people suffering from bowel cancer and other abdominal or pelvic disorders. World class training, research and clinical experience has helped me to develop imaging pathways for early and accurate diagnosis avoiding unnecessary delays in finding or excluding disease.

I am passionate about improving people's understanding of imaging for diagnosis and improving their access to state of the art technology. The majority of scans are painless and harmless but their impact can be immediate, expediting rapid treatment or reassuring patients they are healthy.

I enjoy talking directly with patients and their doctors to ensure understanding of why a scan is performed, the relevance of any findings and where appropriate, advice on further management.

I work closely with London’s leading surgeons and physicians, usually in partnership with your GP.  We expertly diagnose, assess and manage the full range of Gastro-intestinal conditions including bowel cancer, inflammatory bowel disease and pelvic floor disorders.

Patient experience and safety is my highest priority and you will be warmly welcomed and well cared for by the London Radiology team. We understand how stressful waiting for scans and reports can be, so always endeavour to offer convenient appointment times and rapid reports.

Occasionally patients require several scans, for example those with chronic conditions who require regular monitoring or surveillance. In these circumstances, I am happy to agree 'personalised imaging plans' with patients and their clinical team to ensure reliable and convenient scheduling of scans to minimise their impact on day to day living.

Dr David Burling's curriculum vitae


1993 MBChB University of Leicester

1994-1999 Post GMC registration medical training in Leicester, New Zealand and Bath

1998 MRCP (UK) Member of the Royal College of Physicians UK1999-2005 Specialist training in Radiology (Wessex region)

2003 FRCR Fellowship of the Royal College of Radiology

2003-2005 Research fellowship at St. Mark's Hospital under supervision of Professor Steve Halligan

2005-onging Consultant Gastrointestinal Radiologist, St. Mark's Hospital, Harrow and Director of CT Colonography and Lead for colorectal cancer imaging.

2007 MD Doctor of Medicine degree awarded with Distinction for thesis entitled 'Reader Performance at CT Colonography University of Leicester

Current affiliations

Full registration with the General Medical Council

Fellow of the Royal College of Radiology

Fellow of the European Society of Gastrointestinal and Abdominal Radiology

Member British Society of Gastrointestinal and Abdominal Radiology

Member of the British Medical Association

Member of St. Mark's Association

Bowel Cancer Screening Pogramme: Chair of National Coordinating Group for the Quality Assurance of Radiology and member of the Evaluation Group

National Cancer Screening Service of Ireland: International Advisor on CT Colonography

Co-lead for Early Diagnosis section of the London Cancer Alliance: Colorectal Cancer Working Group

Member of the Tumour Board (Colorectal Cancer) for HCA Hospitals


David has 66 published peer reviewed publications (and numerous scientific presentations) related to imaging of bowel disorders including authorship of articles in the British Medical Journal and Lancet.

David is regularly invited to speak at national and international Radiology, Gastroenterology and Surgical conferences.


David has trained several hundred Radiology Consultants and Radiographers in CT Colonography and is Director of the largest CT Colonography training program in the UK at St. Mark's Hospital.

He jointly developed and delivered a 'Train the Trainers' course for leading Radiology Consultants from around England.