|University Education:||1979 BHB Auckland University|
1981 MB, ChB Auckland University
|Postgraduate Degrees:|| 1989 FRACS (Otolaryngology)|
|March 2008 –||Otolaryngologist, Counties Manukau District Health Board|
|June 2012 –||Honorary Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Auckland|
Early in in my surgical career, I was involved in the development of minimally invasive sinus surgery (endoscopic sinus surgery) in New Zealand. This led to two major interests:
- the patient with pain over their sinuses with minimal sinus disease
- the patient who has had endoscopic sinus surgery, but the disease remains problematic.
Since my return from London in 1991, I was to the forefront in the development of endoscopic sinus surgical techniques. I also did additional training with David Kennedy in Philadelphia. I was the first person in Auckland to repair CSF leaks endoscopically, perform pituitary surgery endoscopically and perform frontal sinus drill-out surgery. I was the first otolaryngologist to describe the successful use of ultrasound to treat refractory sinus disease. I am to the forefront of vitamin D research. Vitamin D has been shown to have a role in the treatment and prevention of respiratory infections.
Over the last thirty years, I have been involved with the treatment of a large number of cases of nasal trauma from contact sports or accidental injury in the Auckland region. These constitute a particularly challenging group of patients. This focus has given me a large experience in functional nasal surgery.
I have written two books that are available in the bookshops, in the Auckland public library, and through Amazon and Kindle:
- Breathing Matters (with Tania Clifton-Smith)
- Healing Headaches