First University of Auckland medical graduate to be appointed Chair of the Medical Council

28 February 2014

Auckland surgeon, Mr Andrew Connolly , has been elected chairperson of the Medical Council of New Zealand replacing Dr John Adams. Andrew is the first graduate from the University of Auckland to take up this role after joining the Medical Council in late 2009 and taking the role of deputy chair from February 2012.

Andrew is a general and colorectal surgeon, employed fulltime at Counties Manukau District Health Board. He has a strong interest in governance and clinical leadership and has been the Head of Department of General and Vascular Surgery since 2003. Andrew has served on various national committees, including the National Guidelines Group for the screening of patients with an increased risk of colorectal cancer, and on the Ministerial Advisory Group that was responsible for the ‘In Good Hands’ document. Andrew has previously held the role of Presiding Member of the Lotteries Health Research Distribution Committee, and recently chaired a Ministerial review of the impact of the elective waiting times policy and was a member of the review panel of the New Zealand Cancer Registry.

Andrew has served the University for many years, firstly as a research fellow with the late Professor Graham Hill, later as a Senior Lecturer at Middlemore Hospital and more recently by giving five to six lectures a year to our students doing surgery at Middlemore. We warmly congratulate him on his appointment.