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All Surgery of the Hand and Wrist – Trauma, Post-traumatic Reconstruction, Arthritis, Dupuytren’s Disease, Nerve and Tumour Surgery.


Qualifications/Post graduate training


  • 1980 MBChB (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery) University of Auckland
  • 1988 FRACS (Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons) Orthopaedic Surgery
  • 1988 completed 12 month postgraduate Fellowship in Orthopaedic and Hand Surgery (Scotland)
  • 1989 completed 12 month postgraduate Fellowship in Hand Surgery (Australia)
  • 1995 completed 12 month sabbatical training in Plastic Surgery of the Hand


Professional Profile:


  • Clinical Leader of the Auckland Regional Hand Service
  • President of the New Zealand Society for Surgery of the Hand
  • Fellowship Director of the Auckland Regional Hand Service Fellowship Program
  • Consultant Hand Surgeon Middlemore Hospital 1996 – present
  • Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon Middlemore Hospital 1990 -1994
  • First woman in Australasia, to qualify as an Orthopaedic Surgeon


I am a Hand and Wrist Surgeon, with 20 years experience in public and private practice.


I am committed to the speciality of Hand Surgery in New Zealand in both my public and private clinical practice. I am particularly interested in the development and expansion of the Hand Service in Auckland and the teaching of young Hand surgeons.


Current Membership of Professional/other Bodies:


  • Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Surgeons
  • Member of New Zealand Orthopaedic Association
  • Member of New Zealand Hand Society
  • Associate Member of Australian Hand Surgery Society


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