School of Medicine

Welcome to the Department of Medicine

Head, Department of Medicine

It is a pleasure to welcome you to the web pages for the Department of Medicine, in the School of Medicine at the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences. There is a large, productive and internationally recognised research output from academic staff of the Department of Medicine. Staff in the Department take on local, national and international leadership roles.   

Our principal task within the MBChB programme is to administer the clinical medicine attachments of undergraduate Years 3, 4, 5 and 6. The Department hosts postgraduate and other research students. The Department Graduate Advisor Professor Cathy Stinear is also the Deputy HOD.  The staff search link lists Department of Medicine academic staff and contact information for them regarding their research interests and projects.   

Professor John Kolbe, HOD


The main hub of the Department of Medicine at Grafton is located within the Auckland Hospital Support Building, Park Road, opposite the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences. Access is via the Auckland Hospital entrances, the Department is on level 12. Auckland Hospital user-pays parking is available at the entrance to the support building (top of the ramp) but is prioritised and screened for hospital attendees. Please refer to the Grafton Campus map, Building 599.

Staff are located at other sites, including within the main Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences building (Bone and Joint Research), Waitemata Campus (Geriatrics), the South Auckland Clinical Campus, Lakes, Bay of Plenty, Whangarei and Taranaki campuses. 


The Department is known for its strengths in respiratory disease, heart health research, neurology, endocrinology, clinical trials, geriatric medicine, bone research, and neurology.

It has strong research links with other departments in the University on the Grafton Campus and other University sites within the North Island, and with other institutions nationally and internationally. The department provides varied research opportunities for postgraduate students. The staff contact list provides details on academic research staff and projects at various Department of Medicine sites. 

Postgraduate Research

FMHS Grafton
FMHS Grafton

The Department of Medicine supports postgraduate enrolment in doctoral degrees. Two doctoral programmes are available; Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or Doctor of Medicine (MD). The Doctor of Philosophy degree is advanced research of three to four years' full-time study. The MD is a degree intended to facilitate experienced medical clinician research. Applicants need to ensure they are eligible to enrol in postgraduate study at the University of Auckland.

The late Prof Derek North, HOD 1968-1979 and Dr Tom Miller ONZM, PhD, DSc
Research advocates: the late Professor Derek North, Inaugural HOD 1968-1979 and Dr Tom Miller ONZM, PhD, DSc
Heads, Department of Medicine    
Professor Derek North 1968-1979  
Professor Sir John Scott 1979-1987  
Emeritus Professor Norman Sharpe 1987-1999  
Distinguished Professor Ian Reid 2000-2005  
Professor John Kolbe 2005-2013  
Professor Phillippa Poole 2013-2018  
Professor John Kolbe 2019-  
Professor John Kolbe, HOD and respiratory researcher
Prof Cathy Stinear 2019
Professor Cathy Stinear, Deputy HOD and neurology researcher
Professor Phillippa Poole, previous HOD and medical education researcher
Peter Nigel Black
The late Professor Peter Black, respiratory researcher
Prof Norman Sharpe
Professor Norman Sharpe ONZM, previous HOD and cardiology researcher
Prof Reid HOD
Distinguished Professor Ian Reid, previous HOD and bone researcher
Prof Sir John Scott
The late Professor Sir John Scott, previous HOD and cardiology researcher
In The Beginning; Richmond DE, Miller TE, Murphy J A history of the Medical Unit at Auckland Hospital