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Dr David Burling

Dr David Burling

Gastrointestinal Radiologist

My career has been dedicated to the prevention of bowel cancer and other abdominal or pelvic disorders. World class training, research and clinical experience have 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, specific recommendations on further management.

I work closely with London's leading surgeons and physicians, usually in partnership with your GP, to 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 are my highest priority and you will be warmly welcomed and well cared for by the entire 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 UK 1999-2005 Specialist training in Radiology (Wessex region)
2003 FRCR Fellowship of the Royal College of Radiologists
2003-2005 Research fellowship at St. Mark's Hospital under supervision of Professor Steve Halligan
2005-ongoing 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 Radiologists
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 Programme: 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 HospitalsSave 


Dr Burling 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. He is regularly invited to speak at national and international Radiology, Gastroenterology and Surgical conferences.


Dr Burling 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 the UK.