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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.

Dr Jason Gurney

Jason (Ngāpuhi) is an epidemiologist and Director of the Cancer and Chronic Conditions (C3) Research Group at the University of Otago, Wellington.  He has led national-level projects investigating disparities in perioperative outcomes for Māori patients, including a Health Research Council (HRC) project focussing on this issue.  He is a board member of Hei Āhuru Mōwai (National Māori Cancer Leadership Group), and also works for Te Aho o Te Kahu – Cancer Control Agency.

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.

Professor Jonathan Koea

Jonathan (Ngāti Mutunga, Ngāti Tama) is a graduate of, and Clinical Professor of Surgery, at the University of Auckland School of Medicine. Jonathan undertook general surgical training in New Zealand and post fellowship training in surgical oncology and hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Centre in New York City. He is head of the upper gastrointestinal unit at Waitemata District Health Board. He is a member of American Society of Clinical Oncology, CommNETS and the NETWORK! Collaborations, a board member of the Australian and New Zealand Hepatopancreaticobiliary Association, and the Hepatobiliary and Surgical Oncology Sections of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) as well as being an examiner in surgery for RACSs. Jonathan’s research interests include surgical and ablative treatment for upper gastrointestinal cancers and neuroendocrine tumours, quality in surgery and indigenous health.

Last updated: 14th February 2022