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Jason Gurney, Department of Public Health

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BSc(Hons), PhD

Research Associate Professor and Director, Cancer and Chronic Conditions (C3) Research Group

Contact details 

Mob +64 21 279 3597
Email jason.gurney@otago.ac.nz

Research interests and activities 

Associate Professor Jason Gurney is a Māori epidemiologist, Director of the Cancer and Chronic Conditions (C3) Research Group, and Research Portfolio Leader of the wider Department of Public Health. Jason has expertise leading national projects in cancer, chronic condition and congenital condition epidemiology. He has particular expertise and interest in the investigation (and explanation) of inequities in health outcomes between Māori and non-Māori New Zealanders.

Jason is an HRC Māori Health Research Emerging Leader Fellow, and Principal Investigator of multiple HRC-funded projects investigating topics including post-operative mortality and the co-occurrence of cancer and diabetes. He is a board member of Hei Āhuru Mōwai (the National Māori Cancer Leadership Group), and a committee member of multiple working groups at Te Aho o Te Kahu – Cancer Control Agency.

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Publications

Lao, C., Gurney, J., Stanley, J., Krebs, J., & Meredith, I. (2022). Association of diabetes and breast cancer characteristics at diagnosis. Cancer Causes & Control. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s10552-022-01654-y

Gurney, J. K., McLeod, M., Thomas, C., Campbell, D., Dennett, E., Jackson, S., Ongley, D., … Stanley, J., Sarfati, D., & Koea, J. (2022). Understanding disparities in post-operative mortality for indigenous patients. New Zealand Medical Journal, 135(1565), 104-112. Retrieved from https://journal.nzma.org.nz/

Gurney, J. K. (2022). The long road to good care. New Zealand Medical Journal, 135(1565), 9-11. Retrieved from https://journal.nzma.org.nz/

Imlach, F., Dunn, A., Costello, S., Gurney, J., & Sarfati, D. (2022). Driving quality improvement through better data: The story of New Zealand's radiation oncology collection. Journal of Medical Imaging & Radiation Oncology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/1754-9485.13488

Whitcombe, A., McGregor, R., Bennett, J., Gurney, J., Williamson, D. S., Baker, M., & Moreland, N. (2022, August). Multi-antigen analysis of StrepA antibody responses reveals a distinct serological profile in children with acute rhematic fever and sheds light on disease pathogenesis. Verbal presentation at the Webster Centre for Infectious Diseases Satellite Meeting: Queenstown Research Week, Queenstown, New Zealand.

Sarfati, D., & Gurney, J. (2016). What is comorbidity? In B. Koczwara (Ed.), Cancer and chronic conditions: Addressing the problem of multimorbidity in cancer patients and survivors. (pp. 1-33). Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-981-10-1844-2

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Baker, M. G., Gurney, J., Moreland, N. J., Bennett, J., Oliver, J., Williamson, D. A., Pierse, N., … Merriman, T. R., … Edwards, R., … Thomson, W. M., Zhang, J., & Lennon, D. (2022). Risk factors for acute rheumatic fever: A case-control study. Lancet Regional Health: Western Pacific. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.lanwpc.2022.100508

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Dunn, A., Costello, S., Imlach, F., Jo, E., Gurney, J., Simpson, R., & Sarfati, D. (2022). Using national data to model the New Zealand radiation oncology workforce. Journal of Medical Imaging & Radiation Oncology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/1754-9485.13448

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Gurney, J. K., Dunn, A., Liu, M., Mako, M., Millar, E., Ruka, M., Crengle, S., … Jackson, C., … Sarfati, D. (2022). The impact of COVID-19 on lung cancer detection, diagnosis and treatment for Māori in Aotearoa New Zealand. New Zealand Medical Journal, 135(1556), 23-43. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

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Gurney, J. K., McLeod, M. A., Campbell, D., Dennett, E., Jackson, S., Koea, J., Lash, N., & Ongley, D. (2022). Anaesthetic choice for hip or knee arthroplasty in New Zealand: Risk of postoperative death and variations in use. Anaesthesia & Intensive Care, 50(3), 178-188. doi: 10.1177/0310057x211050934

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Gurney, J. K., McLeod, M., Stanley, J., Robson, B., Campbell, D., Dennett, E., Ongley, D., … Koea, J. (2022). Regional variation in post-operative mortality in New Zealand. ANZ Journal of Surgery. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/ans.17510

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Gurney, J. K., Stanley, J., Koea, J., Adler, J., Atkinson, J., & Sarfati, D. (2022). Where are we dying? Ethnic differences in place of death among New Zealanders dying of cancer. JCO Global Oncology, 8, e2200024. doi: 10.1200/go.22.00024

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Gurney, J., Sarfati, D., Stanley, J., Kerrison, C., & Koea, J. (2022). Equity of timely access to liver and stomach cancer surgery for Indigenous patients in New Zealand: A national cohort study. BMJ Open, 12, e058749. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2021-058749

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Gurney, J., Whitehead, J., Kerrison, C., Stanley, J., Sarfati, D., & Koea, J. (2022). Equity of travel required to access first definitive surgery for liver or stomach cancer in New Zealand. PLoS ONE, 17(8), e0269593. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0269593

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Lao, C., Gurney, J., Stanley, J., Krebs, J., & Meredith, I. (2022). Association of diabetes and breast cancer characteristics at diagnosis. Cancer Causes & Control. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s10552-022-01654-y

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Wells, C. I., Varghese, C., Boyle, L. J., McGuinness, M. J., Keane, C., O'Grady, G., Gurney, J., Koea, J., … Bissett, I. P. (2022). "Failure to rescue" following colorectal cancer resection: Variation and improvements in a national study of postoperative mortality: Reducing mortality after colorectal surgery. Annals of Surgery. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1097/sla.0000000000005650

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Whitcombe, A. L., McGregor, R., Bennett, J., Gurney, J. K., Williamson, D. A., Baker, M. G., & Moreland, N. J. (2022). Increased breadth of Group A Streptococcus antibody responses in children with acute rheumatic fever compared to precursor pharyngitis and skin infections. Journal of Infectious Diseases, 226, 167-176. doi: 10.1093/infdis/jiac043

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Znaor, A., Skakkebaek, N. E., Rajpert-De Meyts, E., Kuliš, T., Laversanne, M., Gurney, J., Sarfati, D., … Bray, F. (2022). Global patterns in testicular cancer incidence and mortality in 2020. International Journal of Cancer. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/ijc.33999

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Gurney, J. K., Millar, E., Dunn, A., Pirie, R., Mako, M., Manderson, J., … Jackson, C. G. C. A., … Sarfati, D. (2021). The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on cancer diagnosis and service access in New Zealand: A country pursuing COVID-19 elimination. Lancet Regional Health: Western Pacific, 10, 100127. doi: 10.1016/j.lanwpc.2021.100127

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Gurney, J. K., Stanley, J., Adler, J., McLeod, H., Atkinson, J., & Sarfati, D. (2021). National study of pain medicine access among Māori and non-Māori patients with lung cancer in New Zealand. JCO Global Oncology, 7, 1276-1285. doi: 10.1200/go.21.00141

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Gurney, J., McLeod, M., Stanley, J., Sarfati, D., Campbell, D., Davies, C., Dennett, E., … Ongley, D., Robson, B., Rumball-Smith, J., Signal, V., Stairmand, J., Thomas, C., & Koea, J. (2021). Disparities in post-operative mortality between Māori and non-indigenous ethnic groups in New Zealand. New Zealand Medical Journal, 134(1542), 15-28. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

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Lorenz, N., Ho, T. K. C., McGregor, R., Davies, M. R., Williamson, D. A., Gurney, J. K., … Baker, M. G., & Moreland, N. J. (2021). Serological profiling of group A streptococcus infections in acute rheumatic fever. Clinical Infectious Diseases, 73(12), 2322-2325. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciab180

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Millar, E., Gurney, J., Beuker, S., Goza, M., Hamilton, M.-A., Hardie, C., Jackson, C. G. C. A., … Sarfati, D. (2021). Maintaining cancer services during the COVID-19 pandemic: The Aotearoa New Zealand experience. Lancet Regional Health: Western Pacific, 11, 100172. doi: 10.1016/j.lanwpc.2021.100172

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Sam, F. A.-L., Akinremi, A., Mery, L., Sarfati, D., Stanley, J., & Gurney, J. (2021). Cancer Incidence in Samoa: A 10-Year Retrospective Survey (2007-2016). Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health, 33(6-7), 700-706. doi: 10.1177/1010539520975261

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Chung, A. W., Ho, T. K. C., Hanson-Manful, P., Tritscheller, S., Raynes, J. M., Whitcombe, A. L., … Oliver, J. R., Gurney, J. K., … Baker, M. G., & Moreland, N. J. (2020). Systems immunology reveals a linked IgG3-C4 response in patients with acute rheumatic fever. Immunology & Cell Biology, 98, 12-21. doi: 10.1111/imcb.12298

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Gurney, J. K., McLeod, M., Stanley, J., Campbell, D., Boyle, L., Dennett, E., … Sarfati, D. (2020). Postoperative mortality in New Zealand following general anaesthetic: Demographic patterns and temporal trends. BMJ Open, 10(9), e036451. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-036451

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Gurney, J., Stanley, J., & Sarfati, D. (2020). The inequity of morbidity: Disparities in the prevalence of morbidity between ethnic groups in New Zealand. Journal of Comorbidity, 10, 1-11. doi: 10.1177/2235042x20971168

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Gurney, J., Stanley, J., Jackson, C., & Sarfati, D. (2020). Stage at diagnosis for Māori cancer patients: Disparities, similarities and data limitations. New Zealand Medical Journal, 133(1508), 43-64. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

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Gurney, J., Stanley, J., McLeod, M., Koea, J., Jackson, C., & Sarfati, D. (2020). Disparities in cancer-specific survival between Māori and non-Māori New Zealanders, 2007-2016. JCO Global Oncology, 6, 766-774. doi: 10.1200/go.20.00028

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McLeod, M., Signal, V., Gurney, J., & Sarfati, D. (2020). Postoperative mortality of indigenous populations compared with nonindigenous populations: A systematic review. JAMA Surgery, 155(7), 636-656. doi: 10.1001/jamasurg.2020.0316

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Znaor, A., Skakkebaek, N. E., Rajpert-De Meyts, E., Laversanne, M., Kuliš, T., Gurney, J., Sarfati, D., … Bray, F. (2020). Testicular cancer incidence predictions in Europe 2010-2035: A rising burden despite population ageing. International Journal of Cancer, 147, 820-828. doi: 10.1002/ijc.32810

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Gurney, J. K., Florio, A. A., Znaor, A., Ferlay, J., Laversanne, M., Sarfati, D., … McGlynn, K. A. (2019). International trends in the incidence of testicular cancer: Lessons from 35 years and 41 countries. European Urology, 76, 615-623. doi: 10.1016/j.eururo.2019.07.002

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Gurney, J. K., Stanley, J., York, S., & Sarfati, D. (2019). Regional variation in the risk of lower-limb amputation among patients with diabetes in New Zealand. ANZ Journal of Surgery, 89, 868-873. doi: 10.1111/ans.15079

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Millar, E., Gurney, J., Stanley, J., Stairmand, J., Davies, C., Semper, K., Dowell, A., Lawrenson, R., Mangin, D., & Sarfati, D. (2019). Pill for this and a pill for that: A cross-sectional survey of use and understanding of medication among adults with multimorbidity. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 38(2), 91-97. doi: 10.1111/ajag.12606

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Srinivasa, S., Gurney, J., & Koea, J. (2019). Potential consequences of patient complications for surgeon well-being: A systematic review. JAMA Surgery, 154(5), 451-457. doi: 10.1001/jamasurg.2018.5640

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Gurney, J. K., Stanley, J., & Sarfati, D. (2018). The M3 multimorbidity index outperformed both Charlson and Elixhauser indices when predicting adverse outcomes in people with diabetes. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, 99, 144-152. doi: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2018.04.002

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Gurney, J. K., Stanley, J., York, S., Rosenbaum, D., & Sarfati, D. (2018). Risk of lower limb amputation in a national prevalent cohort of patients with diabetes. Diabetologia, 61(3), 626-635. doi: 10.1007/s00125-017-4488-8

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Gurney, J., Stanley, J., Rumball-Smith, J., York, S., & Sarfati, D. (2018). Postoperative death after lower-limb amputation in a national prevalent cohort of patients with diabetes. Diabetes Care, 41(6), 1204-1211. doi: 10.2337/dc17-2557

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Huang, S., Signal, V., Sarfati, D., Shaw, C., Stanley, J., McGlynn, K., & Gurney, J. (2018). Physical activity and risk of testicular cancer: A systematic review. BMC Cancer, 18, 189. doi: 10.1186/s12885-018-4093-3

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Millar, E., Stanley, J., Gurney, J., Stairmand, J., Davies, C., Semper, K., Dowell, A., … Sarfati, D. (2018). Effect of multimorbidity on health service utilisation and health care experiences. Journal of Primary Health Care, 10(1), 44-53. doi: 10.1071/HC17074

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Stairmand, J., Gurney, J., Stanley, J., Millar, E., Davies, C., Semper, K., Dowell, A., Mangin, D., Lawrenson, R., & Sarfati, D. (2018). The impact of multimorbidity on people's lives: A cross-sectional survey. New Zealand Medical Journal, 131(1477), 78-90. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

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Gurney, J. K., Kersting, U. G., Rosenbaum, D., Dissanayake, A., York, S., Grech, R., … Sarfati, D. (2017). Pedobarography as a clinical tool in the management of diabetic feet in New Zealand: A feasibility study. Journal of Foot & Ankle Research, 10, 24. doi: 10.1186/s13047-017-0205-6

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Gurney, J., Richiardi, L., McGlynn, K. A., Signal, V., & Sarfati, D. (2017). Analgesia use during pregnancy and risk of cryptorchidism: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Human Reproduction, 32(5), 1118-1129. doi: 10.1093/humrep/dex047

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Gurney, J. K., Stanley, J., Baker, M. G., Wilson, N. J., & Sarfati, D. (2016). Estimating the risk of acute rheumatic fever in New Zealand by age, ethnicity and deprivation. Epidemiology & Infection, 144(14), 3058-3067. doi: 10.1017/s0950268816001291

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Gurney, J. K., Stanley, J., Shaw, C., & Sarfati, D. (2016). Ethnic patterns of hypospadias in New Zealand do not resemble those observed for cryptorchidism and testicular cancer: Evidence of differential aetiology? Andrology, 4(1), 82-86. doi: 10.1111/andr.12121

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Gurney, J., Chong, A., Culliford-Semmens, N., Tilton, E., Wilson, N. J., & Sarfati, D. (2016). The benefits and harms of rheumatic heart disease screening from the perspective of the screened population. International Journal of Cardiology, 221, 734-740. doi: 10.1016/j.ijcard.2016.07.025

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Sarfati, D., Gurney, J., Lim, B. T., Bagheri, N., Simpson, A., Koea, J., & Dennett, E. (2016). Identifying important comorbidity among cancer populations using administrative data: Prevalence and impact on survival. Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology, 12(1), e47-e56. doi: 10.1111/ajco.12130

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Wernham, E., Gurney, J., Stanley, J., Ellison-Loschmann, L., & Sarfati, D. (2016). A comparison of midwife-led and medical-led models of care and their relationship to adverse fetal and neonatal outcomes: A retrospective cohort study in New Zealand. PLoS Medicine, 13(9), e1002134. doi: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1002134

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Gurney, J. K., Sarfati, D., & Stanley, J. (2015). Obscure etiology, unusual disparity: The epidemiology of testicular cancer in New Zealand. Cancer Causes & Control, 26(4), 561-569. doi: 10.1007/s10552-015-0533-4

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Gurney, J., Sarfati, D., & Stanley, J. (2015). The impact of patient comorbidity on cancer stage at diagnosis. British Journal of Cancer, 113, 1375-1380. doi: 10.1038/bjc.2015.355

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Gurney, J., Shaw, C., Stanley, J., Signal, V., & Sarfati, D. (2015). Cannabis exposure and risk of testicular cancer: A systematic review and meta-analysis. BMC Cancer, 15, 897. doi: 10.1186/s12885-015-1905-6

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Signal, V., Sarfati, D., Cunningham, R., Gurney, J., Koea, J., & Ellison-Loschmann, L. (2015). Indigenous inequities in the presentation and management of stomach cancer in New Zealand: A country with universal health care coverage. Gastric Cancer, 18(3), 571-579. doi: 10.1007/s10120-014-0410-y

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Sarfati, D., Gurney, J., Stanley, J., & Koea, J. (2014). A retrospective cohort study of patients with stomach and liver cancers: The impact of comorbidity and ethnicity on cancer care and outcomes. BMC Cancer, 14, 821. doi: 10.1186/1471-2407-14-821

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Sarfati, D., Gurney, J., Stanley, J., Lim, B. T., & McSherry, C. (2014). Development of a pharmacy-based comorbidity index for patients with cancer. Medical Care, 52(7), 586-593. doi: 10.1097/mlr.0000000000000149

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Sarfati, D., Gurney, J., Stanley, J., Salmond, C., Crampton, P., Dennett, E., … Pearce, N. (2014). Cancer-specific administrative data—based comorbidity indices provided valid alternative to Charlson and National Cancer Institute Indices. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, 67(5), 586-595. doi: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2013.11.012

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