Simon graduated from St Thomas’ Hospital Medical School in London in 1993 and then obtained both his Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (FRCSEd) in 1999 and his Membership of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, England (MRCOG) in 2002.
This dual training in surgery and gynaecology has allowed Simon to broaden his practical skills and safely perform more complex surgery laparoscopically, in particular for the treatment of severe endometriosis. He now works at Middlemore Hospital in Auckland, where he is the Training Programme Director for the 1st centre in New Zealand to be recognized for the Australasian Gynaecological Endoscopy and Surgery Society (AGES) training Fellowship. He also sees patients at www.ascotwomensclinic.co.nz .
Simon understands the importance of training and the sharing of knowledge in his speciality, in particular he is passionate about improving surgical skills and working with a multidisciplinary team to achieve the best results for his patients. He is involved in laparoscopic training courses for trainees and teaches other consultant colleagues new techniques.
He has published in internationally recognised journals and contributed to a book chapter in a recent RCOG Reference book on Laparoscopic surgery.
Simon has also been Chair of the Patient Safety Advisory Group at Benenden Hospital in the UK, is ex clinical lead in gynaecology at Middlemore and is a Director on the board of AGES.