I completed FRACS training in 1992 and serendipitously immediately began my consultant career without any post-fellowship training. Thus my advanced gastro-intestinal, laparoscopic, and endoscopic craft was self-taught, necessitating a swift but potentially treacherous learning curve which I do not advocate for contemporary practice.
I have been a consultant surgeon at Palmerston North Hospital for nearly 30 years, with a subspecialty interest in medical, endoscopic and surgical management of digestive tract disease that forms the vast bulk of my elective practice. I pioneered advanced laparoscopic digestive tract surgery in Palmerston North, and have undertaken more than fifteen thousand colonoscopies as well as countless thousands of upper endoscopies. Clinical leadership roles include past Medical Head of Gastroenterology, past Clinical Director of Surgical Services, current Medical Head of General Surgery, and Chairman of the MidCentral Health Multi-disciplinary Team for Gastro-intestinal Cancer.