I am practicing as a consultant Neurologist (both public and private health systems) in the Midlands region of New Zealand. I commenced my post with the Waikato District Health Board August 2003. I am employed in the Waikato, and the Lakes District Health Boards, and regularly work in Hamilton, Cambridge, Rotorua, Thames, Whangamata, Taranaki, Tauranga and in Christchurch. I have spent 6.5 years as Clinical Director of the Stroke Service for the Waikato DHB, completed August 2014. I remain the lead Stroke Physician for the Waikato DHB and am Chairperson of the Midlands Regional Stroke Network Group, the aim of which is to develop strong stroke services throughout our region so that all stroke victims can access robust good health care in a timely manner.

Over time my commitments have changed from full time in publically funded institutions to 3 days per week commitment, including visiting Neurologist to peripheral hospitals, and being employed as the Clinical Director of the Waikato's Organised Stroke Service (since January 2008). This "Stroke" position involved inpatient supervision, consultations, and interdisciplinary team leadership, outpatient Stroke and emergency TIA care, teaching, and substantial service development roles. As the Stroke-related commitments have reduced, my private practice commitment has increased to the current 3 days per week, making for a busy life. In addition I have held a position with the University of Auckland, as an Honorary Senior Lecturer since 2012.
A Wellington boy, I attended St Patrick's College in town 1980-1984, and gained Preferential Entry to Otago University School of Medicine, New Zealand, (1984). A strong student, as a Trainee Intern elective, I went to Munda Mission Hospital , Solomon Islands in 1990 where I worked for twelve weeks in order to gain a broadening of my medical experience, and to contribute to those in need. I eventually made the decision to pursue Specialist Medicine training, achieving my Royal Australasian College of Physicians Part 1 Physician's examination; Written and Clinical sections, in 1996, completing my Advanced Physicians Training in Neurology 1997-2000 Christchurch Hospital , then Austin and Repatriation Medical Centre, Melbourne 1999-2000, I therefore was granted Fellowship in the Royal Australasian College of Physicians 2000

I went on to pursue research into acute stroke imaging with MRI perfusion and Positron Emission Tomography from 1999 to 2003 under Professor Geoffrey Donnan and Professor David Reutens. I won the National Stroke Foundation New Investigator's award in 2001. I have contributed to over 10 peer reviewed papers, a couple of book chapters, and over 20 presentations and posters at conferences. My research commitment is now much reduced, although I am commencing as lead investigator for the Waikato in the TASTE trial soon of a novel stroke clot-busting treatment using imaging guidance.


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