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Peter is the President of the NZOA after having served a number of roles within the Association over the last three decades since he commenced Consultant Practice. He is based in Auckland, New Zealand, working in both the public sector at Auckland Hospital, and in private practice at the Mercy Ascot Hospitals. His subspecialty practice is devoted to Adult Spine, and the majority of his practice is devoted to adult cervical and lumbar degenerative disorders including spinal deformity. Peter received his Fellowship Training in Australia and Vermont, USA. Along with a busy practice he has a strong interest in research with over 70 peer-reviewed publications.

A collaborative approach has lead to several spheres of research including clinical collaborations in outcomes research; interactions with industry resulting in surgical technique developments and implant design; involvement at primary care level with back pain assessment methodology; and his involvement with materials engineering research in the University of Auckland has produced many papers on lumbar disc anatomy and failure patterns – the latter including three prestigious ISSLS Prize Awards. He reviews for several journals, is a Deputy Editor for Spine, and was recently awarded the ESR Hughes Award by the RACS for Distinguished Contributions to Surgery.

 Peter and Suzanne are the parents of three adult professional children, and look forward to representing the NZOA