THE PRACTICAL PRACTITIONER: SPEAKER AND TUTOR PROFILES
Dr Diana Purvis - paediatric dermatologist
I am a paediatric dermatologist with FRACP training in both paediatrics and dermatology. I work in public at Starship Hospital where I see children with rare and severe skin disorders. In private practice I am at Auckland Dermatology providing dermatology care to all ages.
For the last few years I have had the role of medical lead for the NZ Paediatric Society Eczema Clinical Network. Eczema affects around 20% of New Zealand children and can result in severe itch, recurrent skin infections, impaired sleep and poor quality of life. The aim of the network is to improve treatment of children and young people with eczema and I am passionate about supporting improved management of eczema in primary care as the basis of achieving that.
Dr Derek Luo - gastroenterologist
Dr Derek Luo is a gastroenterologist who has been practicing at Middlemore Hospital and the Macmurray Centre. He is an honorary clinical senior lecturer, University of Auckland. He is the Training lead, Endoscopy Users group at Counties Manukau Health. He is the current President of ACMA and the CME co-ordinator.
He was born in Wellington and is of Taiwanese descent and grew up in Hong Kong and can speak Mandarin and Cantonese. After graduating from Otago Medical School in 1999 he trained in General Medicine and Gastroenterology and Hepatology completing his training in 2007. He worked at the Institute of Digestive Disease, The Chinese University of Hong Kong between 2008 and 2010 before returning to Middlemore Hospital. He commenced private practice in 2011.
His interests include general Gastroenterology, Hepato-biliary disease and advanced endoscopy (ERCP/Endoscopic Ultrasound). He is a member of the Regional Upper GI Tumour Stream working party.Outside of Gastroenterology he has an interest in the health of Chinese New Zealanders and is a co-founder of the Chinese Health Awareness Intiative in New Zealand (CHAINZ). He is the current president of the ACMA and serves on the Pan Asian Health Interest Group at Counties Manukau Health and is also involved in the Asian Health External Meeting, Auckland Regional Public Health Service.
Dr Charles Ng - musculoskeletal physician
Charles was born and grew up in Auckland. He graduated from Otago Medical School in 1982. Postgraduate training was in O&G, general practice, manual medicine, acupuncture and sports medicine before working in general practice in Auckland. Pursuing an ongoing interest, he underwent Fellowship training in Musculoskeletal Medicine and has been in specialist practice since 2003. The focus of his work is the diagnosis and management of chronic musculoskeletal conditions, including spinal and sacroiliac joint pain, shoulder, hip, knee and peripheral joint pain, muscle and tendon pain, sports injuries and chronic pain disorders. Specialised management consists of exercise therapy, medication and interventional pain management (spinal, peripheral joint and soft tissue injections ).
At the ACMA Conference, Charles will be presenting a workshop on neck, shoulder and arm pain. He will demonstrate practical skills for the diagnosis and management of common neck and shoulder conditions.
Dr Kristine Ng - rheumatologist
Dr Kristine Ng is a rheumatologist at Waitemata DHB. She also has a private practice in Glenfield, Auckland. She is of Malaysian Chinese descent and graduated from the University of NSW medical school, Sydney, Australia with honours. Her postgraduate research was at University College London, United Kingdom. Her interest is in autoimmune inflammatory rheumatic conditions in particular systemic lupus erythematosus. She is an investigator in clinical trials and a reviewer for journal publications and research grants. She has an active teaching role as an Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer in Medicine at the University of Auckland. She is a committee member of the Auckland Chinese Medical Association (ACMA) and coordinates the mentorship programme.
Dr Laurence Teoh - rheumatologist
Dr Laurence Teoh is a New Zealand trained Specialist Rheumatologist and General Physician. After completing a research fellowship year during 2014 with the Osteoarthritis unit at Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney, Laurence has returned to Auckland. He works as a Rheumatologist at Medical Specialists Group, and also as a General Physician at North Shore Hospital.
Dr Andrew To - cardiologist
Andrew To graduated from Auckland Medical School, trained as a cardiologist at Green Lane Cardiovascular Service and acquired his subspecialty expertise at the Cleveland Clinic, Ohio, USA, where he worked for two years as the advanced clinical and research fellow in multimodality cardiovascular imaging. His subspecialty expertise includes cardiovascular computed tomography (CT), CT coronary angiography, cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and echocardiography. He currently works as an non-invasive consultant cardiologist at North Shore and Waitakere Hospitals, where he is also Director of Cardiovascular CT. He is actively involved in cardiovascular imaging research, especially on CT coronary angiography and other imaging modalities.
Dr Patrick Kay - cardiologist
Patrick Kay started university life with a degree in Germanic Languages and Literature. Fearing lifelong hardship he then studied Medicine at the University of Otago, followed by cardiology training in Dunedin and a PhD in interventional cardiology at the renowned Thoraxcenter in Rotterdam. He has over 200 abstracts and papers to his name in the areas of general and interventional cardiology. He currently works at Middlemore, Auckland and Mercy Hospitals and enjoys private practice all over Auckland.
Dr Seif El-Jack - cardiologist
Seif El-Jack is a general and interventional cardiologist based at Auckland’s North Shore where he is the Lead Interventional Cardiologist at the CardioVascular Unit, Waitemata DHB. Starting in the UK, Seif finished his general cardiology training at Greenlane and Auckland City Hospitals where he also completed an Interventional Cardiology Fellowship. Seif undertook a further interventional cardiovascular fellowship at William Beaumont Hospital, Michigan, USA. He has subspecialty interest in ischaemic heart disease treatment and prevention, coronary and non-coronary interventions and device-based interventional treatment for hypertension. Seif has maintained a keen interest in academic cardiology and leads a busy Interventional Cardiology Research Programme at North Shore Hospital which actively participates in international and local research with several relevant publications in the field.
Dr Pui Ling Chan - endocrinologist
I am a New Zealand trained Endocrinologist. I speak both Mandarin and Cantonese fluently which is a bonus in terms of serving the growing Chinese population in Auckland. I am employed full time by Middlemore Hospital but also work part time (every Tuesday) privately at MacMurray Centre, Remuera. I have special interest in Type 1 Diabetes, thyroid, osteoporosis, pituitary problems, PCOS and menopause management. I am actively involved in medical student teaching, community education and the Counties-Manukau Localities project. I will soon participate in a research project focusing on diabetes amongst the Chinese population in Auckland in collaboration with the University of Auckland. I enjoy travelling and outdoor activities (like mountain biking, kayaking and tramping) with my husband and boys who are now 12 and 9 years old. I welcome any referrals on Endocrinology and General Medicine patients to my private practice.
Dr Jovina Goh - endocrinologist
Jovina is a NZ-trained Endocrinologist of Malaysian Chinese descent. She speaks fluent English, conversational Mandarin, Malay and Hokkien. Jovina attended the Auckland School of Medicine and graduated in 2002 with her MBChB degree. She then completed her specialist training in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Internal Medicine in the Auckland region and was awarded fellowship (FRACP) of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 2011. Since 2011, she has been practising at Middlemore Hospital as a Consultant Endocrinologist, Diabetologist and Specialist Physician. In her current practice, she sees patients who present with problems encompassing all aspects of diabetes and endocrinology, but she does have a particular interest in thyroid disease. Her consultant work at Middlemore Hospital also includes an active involvement in the teaching of medical students and the training of future physicians/specialists. Jovina also offers private clinics at 2 sites:1) MacMurray Centre, 5 MacMurray Road, Remuera, Auckland, 2) Ormiston Hospital, 125 Ormiston Road, Botany Junction, Flatbush, Auckland. She welcomes referrals for patients needing specialist care for all aspects of endocrinology, including:1. Thyroid, parathyroid and calcium disorders 2. Diabetes 3. Osteoporosis and Paget’s disease 4. Pituitary and adrenal disorders 5. Polycystic ovarian syndrome and male hypogonadism 6. Hypertension management. For appointments in both clinics, please contact the MacMurray Centre: Ph: (09)5501080, fax: (09)5501081.
Dr Emily Liu - obstetrician and gynaecologist
Emily is a graduate from the University of Otago, and trained as an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist in Auckland. She has completed Masters study in Reproductive Medicine through the University of New South Wales, and is undergoing formal sub-specialist training in Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility (CREI) with the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG).
Emily works as a consultant gynaecologist and fertility specialist at Repromed Auckland and Fertility PLUS at ADHB. Her special interests are endometriosis and unexplained infertility. She is involved in postgraduate teaching at the University of Auckland and also in a number of clinical trials in fertility. Originally from Taiwan, Emily came to New Zealand in 1995 and speaks fluent Mandarin.
Dr Yvonne Ng - ophthalmologist
Yvonne is a specialist ophthalmologist at Auckland Eye and part-time specialist ophthalmologist at Greenlane Clinical Centre. She provides services in general and paediatric ophthalmology with a sub-specialty interest in eye movement disorders and retinoblastoma, a rare childhood eye condition. To that end, she underwent two years of post-fellowship subspecialty training at children’s hospitals in Vancouver and Toronto.
Yvonne consults at Auckland Eye and also provides assessments at satellite clinics in Henderson, Botany and Albany. She is a Senior Lecturer for the Department of Ophthalmology, University of Auckland and a Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologist (RANZCO) Trainee Supervisor for junior ophthalmologists. She also regularly lectures and provides clinical teaching to medical students, optometrists and general practitioners. Yvonne has also been a fellow of RANZCO since 2000, and Senior Medical Officer at the Auckland District Health Board since 2001. In this capacity she has been providing clinical and surgical services in paediatric as well as general ophthalmology. This has included the management of adult and paediatric cataracts, paediatric and adult strabismus, neuro-ophthalmic disorders, childhood vision screening and emergency ophthalmic care. She has a special interest in paediatric ophthalmology, particularly in the management of retinoblastoma, and is the ophthalmologist for the Auckland Retinoblastoma multidisciplinary group.
Educated in Auckland, Yvonne is also conversant in both Cantonese and Mandarin.
An integral part of Yvonne’s position as Consultant Specialist is the teaching of medical and optometry students, registrars and colleagues. She considers providing medical education to be an important component of her current and future practice, and has found this both challenging and enjoyable. In her words, she is passionate about her role at Auckland Eye, “I very much enjoy and consider it a privilege to work within the Auckland Eye team, and believe that as a practice, we are each able to contribute our expertise and experience towards the provision of ophthalmic care to the very highest international standards.”