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AProf. Jeff Garrett

AProf. Jeffrey Garrett graduated from Otago University Medical School in 1976. He undertook his postgraduate study in both internal medicine and respiratory medicine in Auckland and London and has held a Clinical Associate Professorship since 2000. He was the Clinical Director of Medicine at Middlemore Hospital between 2001 and 2015 and was previously the Clinical Director of Respiratory Services at Green Lane Hospital from 1992-2000.  He established Lung Transplantation at Green Lane Hospital in 1991 and the Auckland Regional Network for lung cancer in 2010.  He sat on the New Zealand Advisory Committee for Lung Cancer and more recently the National Health Committee COPD Advisory Group in 2014.

He wrote the TSANZ Standards of Care published on the New Zealand Ministry of Health website in 2004 and published a review on NZ Respiratory Services in 2012.  He has been an active researcher, predominantly in asthma, for more than 20 years with 70 publications in international journals. His current research interests are in COPD, asthma, bronchiectasis and lung cancer.  He is currently involved in transforming electronic health care models in asthma and COPD into primary care and in utilising biomarkers to direct asthma and COPD care more accurately.

He also undertakes reviews for the Health and Disability Commissioner and has expertise in writing and presenting medicolegal reports. He led the introduction of Advance Care Planning into Middlemore Hospital in 2008 and maintains an active involvement in the area. He has maintained a small private practice since 1988 and joined the NZSRI group in 2010.

 

 

 

Dr. Christopher Lewis


Dr. Chris Lewis graduated from Manchester University medical school in 1996. He completed his basic medical training in north-west England, before moving to NZ to become research fellow at Green Lane Hospital in 2000.

His research examined the use of supplemental oxygen therapy during sleep and for breathlessness in COPD. He subsequently completed advanced training in Thoracic and Sleep Medicine at Auckland City Hospital, before returning to the UK to complete subspecialist training at Papworth Hospital, a specialist cardiothoracic unit.

At Papworth he undertook attachments specializing in lung cancer (including training in interventional bronchoscopy and endobronchial ultrasound – EBUS); lung transplantation; and cystic fibrosis, bronchiectasis and non-tuberculous mycobacterial (NTM) disease. Since October 2006, Chris has worked as a specialist for the respiratory service at Auckland District Health Board.

 

 

Dr. Mark O'Carroll


Dr. Mark O’Carroll graduated from Auckland Medical School in 1996 and undertook his initial training in Respiratory and Sleep Medicine at Green Lane Hospital before working as the Cystic Fibrosis Fellow at the Prince Charles Hospital in Brisbane, Australia.

He now works as a Respiratory Physician at Auckland City Hospital and the Green Lane Clinical Centre as a general Respiratory Physician with a special interest in Cystic Fibrosis, Lung Transplantation, airway disease (particularly Bronchiectasis), Tuberculosis and Interventional Bronchoscopy.

He is proficient at bronchoscopy including intervention and use of endobronchial ultrasound. He has an interest in medical education and has been the Director of Physician Education at Auckland City Hospital since 2003 and a member of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians Specialist Advisory Committee in Sleep and Respiratory Medicine since 2004.

 

 

Dr. Conor O'Dochartaigh


Dr. Conor O'Dochartaigh (MB BCh MD FRACP) has a wide range of experience in Respiratory & Sleep Medicine, working both in Private Practice at NZRSI and at Middlemore Hospital where he is Clinical Head of the Respiratory and Sleep Medicine Department.  He has a research background in pulmonary physiology including cardiopulmonary interactions.  He has led the Sleep and Lung Function services at Middlemore Hospital and is involved in medical student education through the University of Auckland School of Medicine.

Conor has a focus on providing high quality patient-centred care.  His clinical areas of interest include Sleep Apnoea and related sleep disorders, Interstitial lung disease, investigation and management of unexplained shortness of breath and atypical respiratory symptoms.  Conor deals with the full range of Respiratory conditions including chronic cough, asthma, COPD, Bronchiectasis, lung cancer as well as investigation of chest x-ray abnormalities, diagnosis and exclusion of TB and Immigration medical reports.  He is credentialed to perform bronchoscopy at Mercy Endoscopy. 

Conor consults at the NZRSI Rooms at Ascot Office Park as well as at the Auckland Heart Group Rooms at Ormiston Hospital. 

 

 

Dr. Stuart Jones


Dr. Stuart Jones MBChB (Otago 1995), PhD (Otago 2003), FRACP (2007)

Dr. Stuart Jones originates from the Far North, however headed to the far south attending Otago Medical School from which he graduated in 1995. He spent his initial post-graduate years working at Dunedin Hospital before taking up a post as respiratory research fellow at the Dunedin School of Medicine. In 2003 he graduated with a PhD from Otago University with a thesis entitled: Exhaled nitric oxide and the clinical control of airway inflammation.

He commenced his respiratory specialist training in Dunedin before heading to the UK for a further 3 years of training. During his time in the UK he was based in Cambridge where he worked at the local university hospital (Addenbrookes) and at Papworth Hospital, a specialist cardio-respiratory unit. While at Papworth he trained in pulmonary hypertension and sleep medicine. He then went to Edinburgh where he worked as a sleep fellow at the Royal Infirmary.

He is currently employed as a respiratory and general physician at Middlemore Hospital. He specialises in general respiratory medicine, with a particular interest in sleep medicine, asthma and airway inflammation, and pulmonary hypertension.
 

 

Dr. Kenneth Whyte


Dr. Ken Whyte graduated from the University of Glasgow Medical School in 1977 and trained in Internal Medicine and Clinical Pharmacology in Glasgow completing his MD in Clinical Pharmacology. He was Lecturer in Respiratory and Sleep Medicine in the Department of Respiratory Medicine, University of Edinburgh.

Following Consultant posts in Scotland he emigrated to New Zealand in 1995 where he took up a position in Respiratory Medicine at Greenlane Hospital and subsequently at Auckland City Hospital. He has been Clinical Director of the Sleep Disordered Breathing and Ventilation Service, Clinical Director of Respiratory Service and Pulmonary Vascular Disease Service within Auckland. In addition he has been the longest serving of the Transplant Physicians in the NZ Pulmonary Transplant Service. 

 

 

Dr. Andrew Veale


Dr. Andy Veale graduated from Otago University Medical School in 1979, having first completed a BSc in Biochemistry and Microbiology. He undertook his basic medical training in Auckland before undertaking advanced training in Internal Medicine, Respiratory Medicine and Sleep Medicine. Further specialised training in Interventional bronchoscopy, thoracoscopy and Pulmonary Physiology followed.

He was involved (with others) in establishing the first Polysomnography Sleep Laboratory at Greenlane Hospital 20 years ago. He established the first private Sleep Laboratory and Pulmonary Physiology in NZ at Mercy Hospital. Due to increased growth, and the increase in public contracting, the NZ Respiratory & Sleep Institute was opened in a purpose designed facility in Greenlane.

He has had a longstanding interest in physiology which married well with an interest in Diving & Hyperbaric Medicine. He has been able to further this with a period in the RNZVR as Surgeon Lieutenant Commander (now retired) and remains a consultant to the RNZN. He holds the Diploma in Diving & Hyperbaric Medicine.

Currently he works half time at Middlemore Hospital and half time at the Institute.

 

 

Dr Greg Reynolds - Somnodontist


Born in Christchurch, Dr Greg Reynolds BDS DipBus MScMed(Sleep Med) MMedSc graduated from the University of Otago Dental School in 1979, before embarking on several years' practice in Zimbabwe, South Africa and London. Returning to New Zealand in 1986, he operated dental practices in Christchurch and the West Coast.

Having developed a personal interest in sleep-disordered breathing (SDB), Dr. Reynolds's career in sleep medicine began at the Sleep Disorders Center in Shreveport, at Louisiana State University in 2000. Six years of full-time study and research later, he graduated with Masters degrees from both the University of Otago and the University of Sydney in 2006. His research theses on oral appliance treatment provided the foundation for his experience in the field of dental sleep medicine, Somnodontics™ and the ongoing development of dental splints for SDB.
His clinical practice is focused on non-surgical treatment of sleep/breathing disorders using special custom-made dental orthotics called mandibular advancement splints (MAS).  The MAS fits over the upper and lower teeth and is used when asleep.  It controls SDB by opening and stabilising a narrow, floppy airway, the basic cause of snoring and obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA).  The Somnosplint™ and SnoreMASter™ range of MAS appliances that Greg developed are suitable for many patients, particularly those with chronic snoring and less severe degrees of OSA.  The Somnosplint™ MAS may also be an effective alternative to poorly tolerated CPAP or invasive surgical procedures. 

Dr Reynolds was the first dentist to obtain post-graduate qualifications in 'sleep medicine' in Australasia and is the only one in New Zealand practising exclusively in this field.  For more information on dental appliance therapy for SDB or to make an appointment, go to www.DrGregReynolds.com


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Dr. Naveen Pillarisetti - Paediatric Respiratory Physician

Dr Naveen Pillarisetti earned his medical degree in his native India but received higher training in the paediatric teaching hospitals of the UK. His fellowship in paediatric respiratory medicine from The Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne meant he was close enough to set his sights on New Zealand. When he was offered a position as a paediatric consultant at Starship Hospital, it was the perfect excuse to stay in a part of the world he loves.

Naveen recently conducted research into early cystic fibrosis lung disease and is currently looking at the role of airway microbiome in bronchiectasis. He hosts several paediatric respiratory out-reach clinics around the country and teaches at both a student and post-graduate level.

Working with children has its own set of special challenges but, Naveen believes, early intervention in disorders of a respiratory and sleep nature can have significant positive impact on the health of a patient as an adult. He is married to a developmental paediatrician and the couple has a teenage son and active Labrador to keep them occupied on the weekends.

Qualifications: MD, MRCPCH, CCT (UK)


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Dr. Paul Dawkins


Paul Dawkins has been working as a Consultant Respiratory Physician at Middlemore Hospital since October 2013. At Middlemore he has responsibility for inpatients in respiratory and general medicine, as well as respiratory and sleep outpatient clinics. He performs bronchoscopies (including endobronchial ultrasound).   He is Clinical Lead for lung cancer and chairs the Northern region lung cancer stream. He was previously in consultant posts in respiratory medicine at University Hospital Birmingham and then Royal Wolverhampton Hospital in the UK, where he was Clinical Director for Respiratory Medicine.
 
On the academic side, he is principal and co-investigator for a number of commercial clinical trials at the hospital in respiratory medicine. He regularly teaches medical students and has set up simulated medical emergency scenarios using high fidelity manikins. He is an RACP educational supervisor for registrars. He is an Honorary Senior Lecturer in Medicine at University of Auckland.
 
He read undergraduate medicine at the University of Bristol (UK), including an intercalated first class honours degree in Microbiology. He has an MD higher research degree from the University of Bristol (UK) from research work on the development of genetic models for alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency carried out at Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Boston (USA). He has a Masters in Medical Education from University of Warwick (UK). He has Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians of London (FRCP[UK]) and the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP). He has a number of published original articles, reviews and book chapters, and has delivered several presentations at international meetings.
 
He welcomes referrals in any area of respiratory medicine including sleep disordered breathing. He has access to full lung function, sleep investigation laboratories and bronchoscopy facilities. He aims to provide a responsive, efficient and high quality respiratory opinion for our local GPs. He sees patients every Friday afternoon including a monthly clinic at Pukekohe Family Health Care.
 


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Dr. Syed Hussain


Dr. Syed Hussain graduated from Dhaka Medical College, Bangladesh in 1990. After moving to New Zealand he undertook his basic medical training in Auckland Region before undertaking advanced training in General Medicine, Respiratory Medicine and Sleep Medicine.

He worked as a general and respiratory physician at ADHB until December 2015 when he moved fulltime to the respiratory department.  He is the clinical lead for the sleep and ventilatory service at ADHB.  He has been involved in developing the Auckland regional COPD pathway for primary care and integrated management plan for frequent presenters to hospital with COPD and bronchiectasis. He is also affiliated with the University of Auckland as an honorary senior lecturer. He has special interest in sleep, airways disease, chronic cough, lung cancer, investigation of chest x-ray abnormalities and Immigration medical reports.
 


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Dr. Jacob Twiss - Paediatric Respiratory Physician

Jacob Twiss is a paediatric clinician, a graduate from Auckland Medical School who earned his credentials in respiratory and sleep medicine at the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 2004. His subsequent role as a respiratory specialist at Starship Children’s Hospital has afforded him considerable experience working with children from 0 – 18 years. His areas of expertise include: persistent cough, asthma, noisy breathing, neuromuscular problems that affect breathing, congenital airway disease, and obstructive sleep apnoea.

Jacob has conducted research into childhood suppurative lung disease and holds a PhD in paediatric bronchiectasis. He enjoys his work with children because they often inspire him to play during the seriousness of his day. He lives in Auckland with his wife and two young children as well as two long-haired Dwarf rabbits. When he’s not publishing papers or clinical guides, Jacob likes to hit the track on his mountain bike or brush up on his carpentry skills in the ‘man cave’.

Qualifications: MbChb, FRACP, PhD, DCH

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Dr. Megan Cornere


Dr Megan Cornere graduated from the University of Auckland School of Medicine in 1994. She then trained in Internal Medicine specialising in Thoracic Medicine and is a member of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians having gained her FRACP in 2001. With a keen Interest in Immunology and Infectious disease she travelled to the United Kingdom where she studied for a PhD at Imperial College, gaining a fellowship from the British Infection Society . She was then awarded a grant from the Wellcome trust and continued her Research as a Clinical Fellow. Her research was aimed at manipulating the immune response to respiratory pathogens including influenza and tuberculosis. Following this she spent 2 years in San Jose California before returning to New Zealand in 2008 where she has been a Respiratory Physician at North Shore and Waitakere hospitals and Clinical Director of Respiratory Medicine for the Waitemata DHB. Dr Cornere has expertise in all fields of respiratory medicine and a special interest in lung cancer, chronic cough, recurrent infection and asthma.




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Dr. Alex Chapman


Dr Alex Chapman is an experienced respiratory and general physician with a wealth of experience from the UK and NZ. He has Southern Cross Affiliation but welcomes referrals from all sources.

Alex has a wide experience in the field of general respiratory medicine, including difficult asthma, smoking related disorders, respiratory infection, cancer, interstitial and occupational lung disease. He has always retained his general acute medical expertise throughout a busy career within hospital medicine.

His interest lies in difficult diagnosis and interventional procedure including; thoracic ultrasound, bronchoscopy, endobronchial ultrasound guided techniques and cardiopulmonary exercise testing.

He welcomes referrals of unexplained breathlessness or cough.

"Of paramount importance is my interest in people. A patient orientated approach has always guided my management decisions."

Alex specialises in:  cough, asthma, COPD and smoking related disorders, pulmonary fibrosis, lung cancer, mesothelioma and occupational lung disease, cardiopulmonary exercise physiology.


 

 

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Newmarket
Auckalnd 1149
 

Contact Us

 
PHONE                  09 638 5255
FREEPHONE         0800 895 120
FAX                        09 638 6022

referrals@nzrsi.health.nz

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LOCATION
Ascot Office Park 
Level 3, Building B
93-95 Ascot Avenue
Greenlane East
AUCKLAND 1051

Northcare
5 Home Place
Rosedale
Auckland
POSTAL ADDRESS
PO Box 109 409
Newmarket
Auckalnd 1149