Michael East

Christchurch and Auckland

Post Graduate Training/Experience:

Specialist training conducted in both New Zealand and the United Kingdom, namely Newcastle, Christchurch and Liverpool.

Michael first came to New Zealand in 1980 and worked as a house surgeon in Dunedin before eventually going back to the United Kingdom to start his training in obstetrics and gynaecology at Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. Specialist training was undertaken both in the UK and back in New Zealand, starting as a registrar in Christchurch in 1983 and finally settling back in Christchurch in 1988 after completing specialist training, the final leg of which was to obtain a Masters in Obstetrics and Gynaecology through Liverpool University.

Special clinical interests:

Advanced Laparoscopic techniques for endometriosis and pelvic reconstruction and hysterectomy Vaginal mesh reconstructive surgery Development of new surgical instruments Michael, along with his colleagues at the Oxford Clinic, have been at the forefront of introducing and developing Advanced Laparoscopic techniques here in New Zealand and was one of the founding members of the Oxford Clinic in 1996. Oxford Clinic has been an excellent place to work as a laparoscopic surgeon as laparoscopic techniques have evolved over the years. The Women’s Health consulting practice has also allowed the collegial support of colleagues Michael Laney, John Doig, Richard Dover, Simon Jones and Janene Brown.

Michael speaks frequently at international conferences on laparoscopic surgery and has published original articles particularly pertaining to a special tool that he has developed to aid the procedure of Laparoscopically Assisted Vaginal Hysterectomy (LAVH.) Michael continues to take an interest in developing new surgical tools.

Professional profile:

Former and current Member of NZ National Committee of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, former Board Member International Gynaecological Endoscopy Society, Clinical Director, Gynaecology, Christchurch Women’s Hospital, Director Oxford Clinic Hospital. Previous Clinical Director of Gynaecology at Canterbury District Hospital Board. Currently Michael works both in the public and private arenas. At Christchurch Women’s Hospital he works as a gynaecologist and laparoscopic surgeon.

He is also currently on the board of the Oxford Clinic Hospital and is a Director of Insitu Systems, a medical instrument manufacturing company.

Personal profile:

Michael is married with four adult children. His wife Jane runs the family vineyard, namely Muddy Water in Waipara which was established in the then fledgling wine growing area of Waipara in 1992 and has risen to become a well respected wine producer, both in New Zealand and overseas.

Michael writes a regular wine critique column for Avenues magazine and has authored two children’s books. Current memberships of professional/other bodies: Royal College Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, International Society of Gynaecological Endoscopy, Australian Gynaecological Endoscopy Society, New Zealand Health and Disability Clinical Advisor.


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