Dr Dick Ongley (Chair)
After completing training in anaesthesia (2008) and general medicine (2009), Dr Ongley saw the developing specialty of perioperative medicine (PoM) as a way to use his skills and improve patient safety. He is the previous chair of the PoM Special Interest Group and founder of the Australasian PoM meeting. He works as a specialist anaesthetist at Canterbury Health Health (where he is the lead for the Anaesthesia Assessment Clinic and Perioperative Medicine) and in private practice. He joined the POMRC committee in 2017 to represent Anaesthesia and the South Island/Waipounamu. He has also worked as a consultant in Australia in both public and private practice.
Stephanie Thomson, NZRN Comp, MN, NP (Deputy chair)
Stephanie is a nurse practitioner in adult perioperative care at Southern Cross Hospital in Rotorua. The majority of her 30 years of nursing experience has been in critical care and perioperative nursing. A lot of her nursing experience has been in the United States of America, where she worked in the quality and risk management department at a large tertiary care hospital.
Stephanie has also worked as a medical ethics consultant for many years and was fortunate enough to undergo ethics training at Georgetown University, Washington DC. She is a strong patient advocate and is passionate about the role that nursing plays in ensuring that patients have optimal outcomes.
Dr Kerry Gunn
Dr Kerry Gunn is an Anaesthetist, and Deputy Clinical Director (Perioperative) at Auckland City Hospital. He has an interest in Liver transplant and trauma anaesthesia, which has led to research in coagulopathy and massive haemorrhage management. He chairs The Auckland Blood transfusion Committee who have introduced a systematic changes in blood product use throughout the hospital. He has an interest in improvement in patient outcome through process changes in perioperative care.
Kerry is a member the NZ National Council of ANZCA, (Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists) the CPD (Continuing Professional Development ) Committee of ANZCA, and NZ Anaesthesia Education Committee. In the area of transfusion he is a member of the steering committee for PBM of the NBA (Australia) and the Massive Transfusion Registry.
Professor Andrew Hill
Andrew Hill is a Professor of Surgery at the University of Auckland. He has established an internationally recognised research group in perioperative care at Middlemore Hospital in South Auckland. He runs a busy surgical research group and has made seminal contributions to understanding of the metabolic response to surgery. Through multiple clinical trials he has explored different ways of improving postoperative recovery.
He has over 230 peer-reviewed papers, with a focus on medical education and perioperative care. He is the supervisor of 20 current or past MD/PhD’s. He was awarded the University of Auckland Teaching Excellence Award for Research Supervision in 2014 and the Gluckman Award for Research in 2016.
He is a Councillor on the RACS Council and is the Head of the Surgical Research Society of ANZ. He is the President of the International Surgical Society.