Dr Evan Willingham MBBS, FRACS
Dr Evan Willingham is a General Surgeon who has been practicing exclusively in Toowoomba and the Darling Downs for over 10 years. He grew up in North-West Queensland in the mining town of Mount Isa where he attended primary and high school. Upon graduating, Dr Willingham then attended the University of Queensland, where he gained a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery.
Dr Willingham commenced his early medical career at the Royal Brisbane Hospital, where he first gained his passion for surgery. A three-year period of General Practice ensured that he developed an understanding of what is involved for true holistic care of his patients, as well as a respect for the demanding role of a General Practitioner. Dr Willingham then returned to the Royal Brisbane Hospital to begin specialist training in General Surgery. On completion of his Fellowship and admission to the Royal Australian College of Surgeons in 2006 he returned to his regional heritage and commenced practice in Toowoomba.
Dr Willingham is a visiting Surgeon at all the hospital facilities in Toowoomba and his rooms are located at the Downs Specialist Centre in East Toowoomba. Dr Willingham has a keen interest in bariatric or weight loss surgery, and enjoys the transformative effect this can have on his patient’s lives. He was the first surgeon to introduce minimally invasive (keyhole) techniques for weight loss surgery in the region.
Dr Willingham is recognised by the Conjoint Committee for Recognition in Training in Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (CCRTGE) to perform colonoscopy and gastroscopy procedures. He is also currently recertified with the GESA Colonoscopy Recertification program, as required by the federal ACSQHC Colonoscopy Clinical Care Standards.
Dr Willingham’s clinical interests include:
• Laparoscopic gastrointestinal and gallbladder surgery
• Bariatric surgery
• Colorectal surgery
• Hernia surgery
• Anti reflux and hiatus hernia surgery
Outside of the hospital, Dr Willingham enjoys spending time with his wife and three children, playing social tennis and enjoying the family friendly lifestyle that living in Toowoomba allows.