Chris graduated from Otago University Medical School in 1996 and completed general surgical training in Christchurch, gaining his Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 2007.
He then went to Australia as a CSSANZ fellow training in colorectal surgery. Two years were spent in Melbourne at firstly the Alfred hospital and then at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. He was then awarded the Murray and Unity Pheils Travel Fellowship to travel to London to train for a further year. That year was spent at St Marks hospital which is the oldest specialist colorectal hospital in the world and a leading unit in the world. Chris then returned to Christchurch in early 2011 to an appointment at Christchurch hospital as a general and colorectal surgeon. Shortly afterwards he was appointed as medical advisor to the familial gastrointestinal cancer registry. The next year he joined Christchurch Colorectal offering private procedures at Southern Cross and St Georges hospitals. The Christchurch Colorectal rooms are based at the Southern Cross campus.
In 2013 he was awarded a Scholarship from the American college of Surgeons to travel to America to present at their annual conference and then to visit some of the top hospitals in the United States.
During this time he completed his robotic surgical training scheme. On return to New Zealand he has done the first colorectal robotic procedure in the country.
His special interests include:
Familial Bowel cancer
Robotic colorectal surgery
Laparoscopic colorectal surgery
Faecal incontinence (e.g. sacral nerve modulation, complex sphincter repair)
Pelvic floor disorders Anorectal disorders including complex fistula-in-ano, haemorrhoids
Chris grew up in Hawke's Bay attending Lindisfarne College before going to Otago to study.
He first did a Science degree in Genetics and Zoology. He met his wife there who he later married after graduating from Medical school. She works as a specialist Fertility doctor at Fertility Associates Christchurch. They have three children.