Colorectal Surgeon

North Lakes Private Hospital Specialists


Colorectal Surgeon

Dr Kolitha Goonetilleke


Speciality: General and Colorectal Surgeon
Phone: (07) 3833 6701

Dr Kolitha Goonetilleke has joined our Open Access team at North Lakes Day Hospital. Kolitha also works as a VMO at Redcliffe Hospital as a General and Colorectal Surgeon.

Dr Goonetilleke graduated from medical school in 2000 before completing general and colorectal surgical training in the United Kingdom. He subsequently completed his FRCS (Gen Surg) in 2013. Dr Goonetilleke relocated to Australia in 2015 where he obtained FRACS.

Dr Goonetilleke has diverse research interests; including varied aspects of cancer of the GI tract. In 2009 he was awarded a Doctorate of Medicine for his research from the University of Manchester, United Kingdom. Dr Goonetilleke has been widely published. He has presented at national and international conferences and has been the recipient of a research grant.

Dr Goonetilleke is a member of GESA and offers a broad range of surgery for patients; with a commitment to personalised high quality surgical care. He is also a member of the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain.

Special interests:
• Minimally invasive surgery
• Gastrointestinal endoscopy
• Haemorrhoid treatment
• Bowel, colorectal, gall bladder and hernia surgery
• Skin cancer and melanoma treatment

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Dr Craig Harris

BSc (Hons), MBBS (Hons), FRACS

Speciality: Colorectal Surgeon
Phone: (07) 3226 3800

Dr Craig Harris is a Colorectal Surgeon consulting and operating at St Vincent’s Private Hospital Northside, St Andrew’s Hospital Brisbane and North Lakes Day Hospital. Dr Harris is Brisbane born and bred. After completing a Bachelor of Science at the University of Queensland with first-class honours, Dr Harris decided to pursue a medical career.

He completed his medical degree at the University of Sydney again graduating with honours and subsequently returned to his hometown of Brisbane. General surgery training was undertaken through the Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital and its affiliated hospitals. Subspecialty colorectal surgery training was then completed with national and international colorectal surgery fellowships in high volume leading colorectal surgery units, namely Christchurch Hospital New Zealand, Concord Hospital Sydney, and Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Sydney. This provided extensive experience in all areas of colon and rectal surgery.

Dr Harris practices broadly across all aspects of colorectal surgery with a particular interest in laparoscopic and robotic colorectal cancer surgery, pelvic exenteration, inflammatory bowel disease and benign anorectal disorders. He has published and presented internationally on the outcomes following pelvic exenteration surgery for recurrent rectal cancer. Upon returning to Brisbane Dr Harris was appointed as a Consultant Colorectal Surgeon at the Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital and is a Senior Lecturer with the University of Queensland. He is accredited with the Gastroenterological Society of Australia (GESA) to perform colonoscopy and endoscopy and is a member of the Colorectal Surgical Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSSANZ).

Dr Harris is pleased to provide an all-encompassing colorectal service to patients of all ages. With consulting rooms at North Lakes, Chermside and Spring Hill he is able to offer patients a wide range of convenient options for initial consultations, procedures and subsequent follow-up.

Dr Craig Harris, Colorectal Surgeon