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Health Sciences profile

Professor Alec Ekeroma

PositionProfessor
DepartmentDepartment of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Women's Health (Wellington)
QualificationsMBBS DipObs FRCOG FRANZCOG MBA PhD MInsD
Research summaryCapacity building; Pacific Women's Health; Gestational Diabetes; Obesity; Stillbirths
TeachingTeaching across undergraduate and graduate programmes
Memberships
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Women’s Health
  • Consultant Obstetrician Gynaecologist, Wellington Hospital
  • Founding Professor, School of Medicine, National University of Samoa
  • Head of Secretariat, Pacific Society for Reproductive Health Charitable Trust
ClinicalConsultant at Capital Coast DHB

Research

Professor Alec Ekeroma’s research interests are:

  1. Educational interventions to increase research capacity
  2. Postnatal depression
  3. Stillbirths
  4. Pacific Women’s Health
  5. Obesity
  6. Gestational Diabetes
He is the Editor in Chief of the Pacific Health Dialog and the Pacific Journal of Reproductive Health.

Publications

Righarts, A., Dickson, N. P., Ekeroma, A., Gray, A. R., Parkin, L., & Gillett, W. R. (2021). The burden of infertility in New Zealand: A baseline survey of prevalence and service use. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/ajo.13323

Henry, C., Ekeroma, A., & Filoche, S. (2020). Barriers to seeking consultation for abnormal uterine bleeding: Systematic review of qualitative research. BMC Women's Health, 20, 123. doi: 10.1186/s12905-020-00986-8

Henry, C., Jefferies, R., Ekeroma, A., & Filoche, S. (2020). Beyond the numbers-understanding women's experiences of accessing care for abnormal uterine bleeding (AUB): A qualitative study. BMJ Open, 10, e041853. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-041853

Ekeroma, A., Gilheany-Black, S., Gyaneshwar, R., Mola, G., May, W., & Kenealy, T. (2019). Pacific Islands obstetrics and gynaecology workforce mapping and survey of workload and training needs. Pacific Journal of Reproductive Health, 1(9), 485-494. doi: 10.18313/pjrh.2019.909

Guevara, B. F., Singh, J., Fong, J., & Ekeroma, A. (2019). Contraception of choice among postpartum women at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital, Fiji - a structured interview. Pacific Journal of Reproductive Health, 1(9), 495-499. doi: 10.18313/pjrh.2019.915

Authored Book - Other

Ekeroma, A. J., Perez, D., Percival, T., Mola, G., Sopoaga, F., & Wilkinson, T. (2014). A new medical curriculum for the National University of Samoa: Discussion document. Auckland, New Zealand: Pacific Society for Reproductive Health, 21p.

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Journal - Research Article

Righarts, A., Dickson, N. P., Ekeroma, A., Gray, A. R., Parkin, L., & Gillett, W. R. (2021). The burden of infertility in New Zealand: A baseline survey of prevalence and service use. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/ajo.13323

Henry, C., Ekeroma, A., & Filoche, S. (2020). Barriers to seeking consultation for abnormal uterine bleeding: Systematic review of qualitative research. BMC Women's Health, 20, 123. doi: 10.1186/s12905-020-00986-8

Henry, C., Jefferies, R., Ekeroma, A., & Filoche, S. (2020). Beyond the numbers-understanding women's experiences of accessing care for abnormal uterine bleeding (AUB): A qualitative study. BMJ Open, 10, e041853. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-041853

Ekeroma, A., Gilheany-Black, S., Gyaneshwar, R., Mola, G., May, W., & Kenealy, T. (2019). Pacific Islands obstetrics and gynaecology workforce mapping and survey of workload and training needs. Pacific Journal of Reproductive Health, 1(9), 485-494. doi: 10.18313/pjrh.2019.909

Guevara, B. F., Singh, J., Fong, J., & Ekeroma, A. (2019). Contraception of choice among postpartum women at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital, Fiji - a structured interview. Pacific Journal of Reproductive Health, 1(9), 495-499. doi: 10.18313/pjrh.2019.915

Ekeroma, A. J., Naik, S., & Sykes, P. (2019). Systematic review of effective cervical cancer treatments in Small Island Developing States: A narrative synthesis. Pacific Journal of Reproductive Health, (8), 462-474. doi: 10.18313/pjrh.2019.906

Rijnberg, V., Hansen, P., Ekeroma, A., & Stanton, J.-A. L. (2019). Is cervical cancer screening cost-effective for Samoa? A cost-utility analysis based on a cohort Markov model. Pacific Journal of Reproductive Health, 1(8), 423-439. doi: 10.18313/pjrh.2019.903

Sarfati, D., Dyer, R., Sam, F. A.-L., Barton, M., Bray, F., Buadromo, E., Ekeroma, A., … Puloka, V., … Teng, A., … Vivili, P. (2019). Cancer control in the Pacific: Big challenges facing small island states. Lancet Oncology, 20(9), e475-e492. doi: 10.1016/S1470-2045(19)30400-0

McCowan, L. M. E., Thompson, J. M. D., Cronin, R. S., Li, M., Stacey, T., Stone, P. R., Lawton, B. A., Ekeroma, A. J., & Mitchell, E. A. (2017). Going to sleep in the supine position is a modifiable risk factor for late pregnancy stillbirth: Findings from the New Zealand multicentre stillbirth case-control study. PLoS ONE, 12(6), e0179396. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0179396

Seneviratne, S. N., Jiang, Y., Derraik, J. G. B., McCowan, L. M. E., Parry, G. K., Biggs, J. B., … Ekeroma, A., … Hofman, P. L. (2016). Effects of antenatal exercise in overweight and obese pregnant women on maternal and perinatal outcomes: A randomised controlled trial. BJOG, 123(4), 588-597. doi: 10.1111/1471-0528.13738

Wall, C. R., Stewart, A. W., Camargo, Jr, C. A., Scragg, R., Mitchell, E. A., Ekeroma, A., Crane, J., … Grant, C. C. (2016). Vitamin D activity of breast milk in women randomly assigned to vitamin D3 supplementation during pregnancy. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 103(2), 382-388. doi: 10.3945/ajcn.115.114603

Shaw, V., Vandal, A. C., Coomarasamy, C., & Ekeroma, A. J. (2016). The effectiveness of the levonorgestrel intrauterine system in obese women with heavy menstrual bleeding. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 56(6), 619-623. doi: 10.1111/ajo.12528

Ekeroma, A., Shulruf, B., McCowan, L., Hill, A. G., & Kenealy, T. (2016). Development and use of a research productivity assessment tool for clinicians in low-resource settings in the Pacific Islands: A Delphi study. Health Research Policy & Systems, 14, 9. doi: 10.1186/s12961-016-0077-4

Wise, M. R., Sadler, L., & Ekeroma, A. (2015). Chlamydia trachomatis screening in pregnancy in New Zealand: Translation of national guidelines into practice. Journal of Primary Health Care, 7(1), 65-70. doi: 10.1071/HC15065

Obel, J., McKenzie, J., Buenconsejo-Lum, L. E., Durand, A., Ekeroma, A., Souares, Y., … Roth, A. (2015). Mapping HPV vaccination and cervical cancer screening practice in the Pacific Region: Strengthening national and regional cervical cancer prevention. Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention, 16(8), 3435-3442. doi: 10.7314/APJCP.2015.16.8.3435

Ekeroma, A. J., Camargo, Jr, C. A., Scragg, R., Wall, C., Stewart, A., Mitchell, E., Crane, J., & Grant, C. C. (2015). Predictors of vitamin D status in pregnant women in New Zealand. New Zealand Medical Journal, 128(1422). Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Aung, Y. Y. M., Sowter, M., Kenealy, T., Herman, J., & Ekeroma, A. (2015). Gestational diabetes mellitus screening, management and outcomes in the Cook Islands. New Zealand Medical Journal, 128(1412). Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Ekeroma, A. J., Chandran, G. S., McCowan, L., Ansell, D., Eagleton, C., & Kenealy, T. (2015). Impact of using the international association of diabetes and pregnancy study groups criteria in South Auckland: Prevalence, interventions and outcomes. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 55(1), 34-41. doi: 10.1111/ajo.12267

Grant, C. C., Kaur, S., Waymouth, E., Mitchell, E. A., Scragg, R., Ekeroma, A., … Crane, J., … Camargo, Jr, C. A. (2015). Reduced primary care respiratory infection visits following pregnancy and infancy vitamin D supplementation: A randomised-controlled trial. Acta Paediatrica, 104(4), 396-404. doi: 10.1111/apa.12819

Grant, C. C., Stewart, A. W., Scragg, A. W., Milne, T., Rowden, J., Ekeroma, A., … Crengle, S., … Crane, J., & Camargo, Jr, C. A. (2014). Vitamin D during pregnancy and infancy and infant serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentration. Pediatrics, 133(1), e143-e153. doi: 10.1542/peds.2013-2602

Ekeroma, A. J., Kenealy, T., Shulruf, B., McCowan, L. M. E., & Hill, A. (2014). Building Reproductive Health Research and Audit Capacity and Activity in the Pacific Islands (BRRACAP) study: Methods, rationale and baseline results. BMC Medical Education, 14, 121. doi: 10.1186/1472-6920-14-121

Mauiliu, M., Sopoaga, F., & Ekeroma, A. (2013). Community experience of a Pacific Immersion Programme for medical students in New Zealand. New Zealand Medical Journal, 126(1376). Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Ekeroma, A. J., Pollock, T., Kenealy, T., Shurulf, B., Sopoaga, F., Montorzi, G., … Hill, A. (2013). Pacific Island publications in the reproductive health literature 2000–2011: With New Zealand as a reference. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 53(2), 197-202. doi: 10.1111/ajo.12039

Van der Merwe, A.-M., Thompson, J. M. D., & Ekeroma, A. J. (2013). Factors affecting vaginal birth after caesarean section at Middlemore Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand. New Zealand Medical Journal, 126, 1383. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Sopoaga, F., Zaharic, T., Kokaua, J., Ekeroma, A. J., Murray, G., & van der Meer, J. (2013). Pacific students undertaking the first year of health sciences at the University of Otago, and factors associated with academic performance. New Zealand Medical Journal, 126(1384). Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Stacey, T., Thompson, J. M. D., Mitchell, E. A., Zuccollo, J. M., Ekeroma, A. J., & McCowan, L. M. E. (2012). Antenatal care, identification of suboptimal fetal growth and risk of late stillbirth: Findings from the Auckland Stillbirth Study. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 52(3), 242-247. doi: 10.1111/j.1479-828X.2011.01406.x

Tupai Firestone, R., Ellison-Loschmann, L., Shelling, A. N., Ekeroma, A., Ikenasio-Thorpe, B. A., Pearce, N., & Jeffreys, M. (2012). Ethnic differences in disease presentation of uterine cancer in New Zealand women. Journal of Family Planning & Reproductive Health Care, 38(4), 239-245. doi: 10.1136/jfprhc-2011-100113

Ekeroma, A. J., Ikenasio-Thorpe, B., Weeks, S., Kokaua, J., Puniani, K., Stone, P., & Foliaki, S. A. (2012). Validation of the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) as a screening tool for postnatal depression in Samoan and Tongan women living in New Zealand. New Zealand Medical Journal, 125(1355). Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Ekeroma, A. J., Pandit, L., Bartley, C., Ikenasio-Thorpe, B., & Thompson, J. M. D. (2012). Screening for sexually transmitted infections in pregnancy at Middlemore Hospital, 2009. New Zealand Medical Journal, 125(1359). Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Stacey, T., Thompson, J. M. D., Mitchell, E. A., Ekeroma, A. J., Zuccollo, J. M., & McCowan, L. M. E. (2011). The Auckland Stillbirth study, a case-control study exploring modifiable risk factors for third trimester stillbirth: Methods and rationale. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 51, 3-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1479-828X.2010.01254.x

Stacey, T., Thompson, J. M. D., Mitchell, E. A., Ekeroma, A. J., Zuccollo, J. M., & McCowan, L. M. E. (2011). Relationship between obesity, ethnicity and risk of late stillbirth: A case control study. BMC Pregnancy & Childbirth, 11, 3. doi: 10.1186/1471-2393-11-3

Stacey, T., Thompson, J. M. D., Mitchell, E. A., Ekeroma, A. J., Zuccollo, J. M., & McCowan, L. M. (2011). Association between maternal sleep practices and risk of late stillbirth: A case-control study. BMJ, 342(7811), d3403. doi: 10.1136/bmj.d3403

Stacey, T., Thompson, J. M. D., Mitchell, E. A., Ekeroma, A., Zuccollo, J., & McCowan, L. M. E. (2011). Maternal perception of fetal activity and late stillbirth risk: Findings from the Auckland Stillbirth Study. Birth, 38(4), 311-316. doi: 10.1111/j.1523-536X.2011.00490.x

Kodikara, H., Mitchell, J., Ekeroma, A. J., & Stone, P. (2010). Evaluation of Pacific obstetric and gynaecological ultrasound scanning capabilities, personnel, equipment and workloads. New Zealand Medical Journal, 123(1327). Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Mantell, C. D., Craig, E. D., Stewart, A. W., Ekeroma, A. J., & Mitchell, E. A. (2004). Ethnicity and birth outcome: New Zealand trends 1980-2001. Part 2. Pregnancy outcomes for Maori women. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 44(6), 537-540. doi: 10.1111/j.1479-828X.2004.00310.x

Craig, E. D., Mantell, C. D., Ekeroma, A. J., Stewart, A. W., & Mitchell, E. A. (2004). Ethnicity and birth outcome: New Zealand trends 1980-2001. Part 1: Introduction, methods, results and overview. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 44(6), 530-536. doi: 10.1111/j.1479-828X.2004.00309.x

Craig, E. D., Mitchell, E. A., Stewart, A. W., Mantell, C. D., & Ekeroma, A. J. (2004). Ethnicity and birth outcome: New Zealand trends 1980-2001. Part 4: Pregnancy outcomes for European/other women. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 44(6), 545-548. doi: 10.1111/j.1479-828X.2004.00312.x

Ekeroma, A. J., Craig, E. D., Stewart, A. W., Mantell, C. D., & Mitchell, E. A. (2004). Ethnicity and birth outcome: New Zealand trends 1980-2001. Part 3: Pregnancy outcomes for Pacific women. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 44(6), 541-544. doi: 10.1111/j.1479-828X.2004.00311.x

Farquhar, C., Ekeroma, A., Furness, S., & Arroll, B. (2003). A systematic review of transvaginal ultrasonography, sonohysterography and hysteroscopy for the investigation of abnormal uterine bleeding in premenopausal women. Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica, 82(6), 493-504. doi: 10.1034/j.1600-0412.2003.00191.x

Ekeroma, A., & Harillal, M. (2003). Women's choice in the gender and ethnicity of her obstetrician and gynaecologist. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 43(5), 354-359. doi: 10.1046/j.0004-8666.2003.00098.x

Farquhar, C., Crengle, S., Douthett, M., Ekeroma, A. J., Fentiman, G., Gillett, W., … Richardson, A. K., … Strid, J. (1999). An evidence-based guideline for the management of heavy menstrual bleeding. New Zealand Medical Journal, 112(1088), 174-177.

Fox, R., Ekeroma, A., & Wardle, P. (1997). Ovarian response to purified FSH in infertile women with long-standing hypogonadotrophic hypogonadism. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 37(1), 92-94. doi: 10.1111/j.1479-828X.1997.tb02226.x

Ekeroma, A. J., Ansari, A., & Stirrat, G. M. (1997). Blood transfusion in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. British Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 104(3), 278-284. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-0528.1997.tb11454.x

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Journal - Research Other

Ekeroma, A. (2019). A celebration of evidence generation and service innovation. Pacific Journal of Reproductive Health, 1(9), 478-479. doi: 10.18313/pjrh.2019.907

Henry, C., Filoche, S., Thunders, M., Kenwright, D., & Ekeroma, A. (2019). Reflection on the current status of endometrial cancer in New Zealand. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 59, 874-876. doi: 10.1111/ajo.13057

Ekeroma, A. (2018). Collaboration as a tool for building research capacity in the Pacific Islands. Annals of Human Biology, 45(3), 295-296. doi: 10.1080/03014460.2018.1454510

Sopoaga, F., Crampton, P., Ekeroma, A., Perez, D., Maoate, K., Watson, B., Kokaua, J., & Blattner, K. (2015). The role of New Zealand health professional training institutions in capacity building in the Pacific region. New Zealand Medical Journal, 128(1420). Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Ekeroma, A. (2013). Building clinical research capacity in the Pacific Islands. Journal of Primary Health Care, 5(3), 257-258. doi: 10.1071/HC13257

Farquhar, C., Arroll, B., Ekeroma, A., Fentiman, G., Lethaby, A., Rademaker, L., … Strid, J. (2001). An evidence-based guideline for the management of uterine fibroids. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 41(2), 125-140. doi: 10.1111/j.1479-828X.2001.tb01198.x

Fox, R., Ekeroma, A., & Draycott, T. (1996). Abnormal fetal behavior and cardiotocography associated with a congenital meningo-encephalitis. Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica, 75(8), 774-776. doi: 10.3109/00016349609065748

Ekeroma, A. J. (1995). Applicants for senior medical positions in New Zealand. BMJ, 311(6996), 61. doi: 10.1136/bmj.311.6996.61e

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