William Tam

Associate Professor William Tam (Advocacy and Govt Relations)

MBBS, FRACP, PhD
President, Australian Medical Association (SA)
Associate Professor, School of Medicine, University of Adelaide
Gastroenterologist, Royal Adelaide & Lyell McEwin Hospitals

William Tam is the current chair of the Australian Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Association. He is also the chair of the 2018 Australian Council of Healthcare Standards multi-disciplinary working party which reviewed and updated clinical indicators for gastrointestinal endoscopy. He has previously served as state reference member for the Australian National Bowel Cancer Screening Program.

Dr Tam is passionate about training and teaching at all levels, from specialist trainees and fellows at university teaching hospitals to medical students at regional health services.  He has contributed to the Australian gastrointestinal endoscopy training curriculum by authoring a section on Endoscopic Imaging. As a faculty member of the National Endoscopy Training Initiative, he is committed to strengthening and promoting safety and quality in endoscopy. 

Dr Tam remains actively involved in clinical research and is a member of the Research Committee of GESA. His current interests include gastrointestinal malignancies, endoscopic imaging and interventional endoscopy. He is on the editorial board of Endoscopic Ultrasound journal. He is frequently involved in educational meetings both nationally and internationally particularly in Asia. Apart from an academic position with the University of Adelaide, he also holds honorary professorships with the Beijing PLA Army General Hospital and the Second Affiliated Hospital of Shanxi Medical University.

Dr Tam is currently President of the Australian Medical Association in South Australia, and past president of the Australasian Council of Chinese Medical Associations (Australia & New Zealand). He is also a member of the volunteer Australia & New Zealand Gastroenterology International Training Association and has contributed to pro bono teaching at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Fiji.