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Christopher WakemanSenior Lecturer
General Surgeon


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Chris Wakeman is a General Surgeon with research interests in familial bowel cancer and polyposis disorders, and colorectal cancer treatment and outcomes.

Chris graduated from Otago University Medical School in 1996 and completed general surgical training in Christchurch, gaining his Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 2007.

He spent two years training in colorectal surgery as a CSSANZ fellow in Melbourne, Australia at the Alfred hospital and then at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

He was then awarded the Murray and Unity Pheils Travel Fellowship to travel to London to train for a further year at St Marks hospital - the oldest specialist colorectal hospital in the world.

Chris returned to Christchurch in early 2011 to an appointment at Christchurch Hospital as a general and colorectal surgeon.

Shortly afterwards he was appointed as medical advisor to the familial gastrointestinal cancer registry.

In 2013, he was awarded a Scholarship from the American College of Surgeons to travel to America to present at their annual conference and to visit some of the top hospitals in the United States. During this time, he completed his robotic surgical training scheme.

In 2015, Chris was appointed as a Senior Lecturer for Otago University and is now a course convenor for the 4th Year SEGO (Surgery, Emergency Medicine, Gastroenterology, Oncology) module, and teaches 4th to 6th year medical students.

In 2020, Chris gained his MSc in Trauma Sciences from Queen Mary University in London.


Kandelaki, T., Evans, M., Wakeman, C. J., & McCombie, A. (2023). A review of trauma laparotomy at Christchurch Hospital. New Zealand Medical Journal/Te ara tika o te hauora hapori, 136(1574), 53-64. Retrieved from Journal - Research Article

Nonis, M., McCombie, A., Wakeman, C., Fleischer, D., & Joyce, L. (2022, November). Trauma team activation: Improved care of major trauma patients. Poster session presented at the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) Spring Symposium, Christchurch, New Zealand. Conference Contribution - Poster Presentation (not in published proceedings)

Nonis, M., McCombie, A., Wakeman, C., Fleischer, D., & Joyce, L. (2022). Trauma team activation: Improved care of major trauma patients. New Zealand Medical Journal, 135(1562), 78-92. Retrieved from Journal - Research Article

Wakeman, C., Lauchlan, R., & Pochin, R. (2022). Regional vs metropolitan: Bigger is not always better. New Zealand Medical Journal, 135(1562), 7-9. Retrieved from Journal - Research Other

Kim, E., Fernando, C., McCombie, A., Bailey, W., Frizelle, F., Glyn, T., Wakeman, C., & Creagh, T. (2022). Abdominal and perineal hernia rates following vertical rectus abdominus myocutaneous (VRAM) flap reconstruction: A supraregional experience. Colorectal Disease, 24(Suppl. 1), (pp. 19). doi: 10.1111/codi.16048 Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

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