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BSc(Hons), PhD (Otago)


After completing a BSc with Honours at Victoria University of Wellington, I undertook a PhD at the University of Otago. This focused on understanding the interactions between cardiovascular and respiratory control. I then did a postdoctoral fellowship at Michigan State University examined neural control of the cardiovascular system, before returning to the University of Otago, Wellington.

My research interests are now in clinical cardiovascular medicine, including the use of biomarkers in risk stratification, acute myocardial infarction, use of implanted cardiac devices and personalized approaches to clinical care. Application of cardiovascular physiology to clinical questions remains an area of interest for me. In addition,  I am involved in supporting registrar research activities in a range of clinical settings.

Contact details

Department of Surgery & Anaesthesia
University of Otago, Wellington
PO Box 7343
Wellington South


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Current roles

  • Head of Department, Surgery and Anaesthesia
  • Head of Department, Radiation Therapy
  • Co-Director, Wellington Cardiovascular Research Group
  • Course Director, Medical Technology Programme

Research expertise

  • Acute Coronary Syndromes
  • Biomarkers in Clinical Cardiology
  • Sudden Cardiac Death
  • Defibrillation
  • Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators
  • Heart Rate Variability
  • Respiratory Variability
  • Quality Improvement in Clinical Care
  • Clinical Cancer Research
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