Division of Gastroenterology

Richard Hunt

Professor Emeritus, Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Medicine

Member, Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research






Academic Biography

Richard Hunt is Professor of Medicine and Gastroenterology at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

Dr. Richard H. Hunt qualified from Edinburgh University in 1966.  He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London, Edinburgh, and Canada, and of the American College of Gastroenterology.  He has been recognized with many prizes and medals for his work in Gastroenterology, where his special interests focus on the acid related disorders and the clinical pharmacology of treatment of gastrointestinal disease.  He is also widely recognized for an extensive interest in colorectal disease, colonoscopy, and therapeutic endoscopy.  Dr. Hunt was President of the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology 1992-1993 and President of the Canadian Helicobacter Study Group 1997–2001.  He is currently Vice President of the Canadian Digestive Health Foundation.  He received the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology Distinguished Service Award in 2002 and the Annual Award for Contributions in Gastroenterology awarded by the Ontario Association of Gastroenterology in 2006.

Dr Hunt was Co-chair of the scientific program committee of the World Congress of Gastroenterology, Montreal, September 2005. He has been Associate Editor of the Esophagus, Stomach and Duodenum, sections of Gastroenterology, and a member of the Editorial Boards of 20 scientific journals.  He has been Visiting Professor at Universities in the USA, Canada, Australia, Europe, South East Asia and South Africa, and has been an invited lecturer to Universities and hospitals throughout the world.  He has published over 600 papers and abstracts including authoritative papers on clinical pharmacology, peptic ulcer disease, gastroesophageal reflux disease, Helicobacter pylori infection, colonic disease, and colonoscopy.  He is the author or editor of 11 books and 63 chapters, and has produced 20 TV video films on peptic ulcer disease, reflux esophagitis, and colonoscopy.

Since 1982, Dr. Hunt has been Professor of Medicine at McMaster University.  He was the first Director of the Intestinal Disease Research Unit, and of the Division of Gastroenterology at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, establishing its international reputation.