The Haem Team

​​​​​​​The Haematology Department has a highly skilled team of specialist doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals who work closely together, and with other departments, to ensure the highest level of health care for our patients.

You will be under the care of one Haematology Consultant (Haematologist) who is your lead doctor with overall responsibility for your care. Your lead Haematologist will be supported by 6 other Haematologists, 5 Registrars and 1 House Surgeon. All doctors rotate through the BMTU inpatient facility and outpatient clinics, any changes to your care will be discussed with your lead Haematologist.

Haematology Consultants

Dr Mark Smith (Haematologist / Clinical Director)

MB, ChB, FRACP, FRCPA

Areas of clinical interest include;

  • Haemophilia and inhibitor management
  • Clinical and laboratory responsibility for patient management in general and malignant haematology
  • Genetic diagnosis and pre-implantation genetic diagnosis
  • Anticoagulant strategies including thrombophilia during pregnancy and thrombophilia-related recurrent pregnancy loss
  • General and malignant haematology

Dr Peter Ganly (Haematologist)

BMBCh (Oxford), MA (Cambridge), PhD (Cambridge), FRCPA, FRACP

Areas of clinical interest include;

  • General and malignant haematology
  • Bone marrow (stem cell) transplantation
  • Chair of National Myeloma Working Group
  • Member of the Cancer Treatments, and Transplant and Immunosuppressants sub-committees of PTAC.

Dr Ruth Spearing (Haematologist)

MB, ChB, FRACP, FRCPA

Phone: +64 3 360 0382​​​

Detailed Curriculum Vitae

Areas of clinical interest include:

  • Member of the National Governance Group and Canterbury Leadfor Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer
  • Specialist in malignant and non-malignant haematology including stem cell transplantation
  • Board member of the New Zealand Medical Association, Elected Member of the Canterbury District Health Board Clinical Board, and Chair of the Canterbury Medical Staff Association. 

Dr Steve Gibbons (Haematologist)

MB, ChB (Otago), M.Med (Melb), FRACP, FRCPA

Areas of clinical interest include:

  • Medical Director of Haematology Laboratory
  • Chair of the Transfusion Committee
  • Blood Transfusion
  • Coagulation
  • Platelet serology and tissue typing

Dr Andrew Butler (Haematologist)

MBChB, MRCP, MRCPath

Areas of clinical interest include:

  • Director, Blood and Marrow Transplant Programme
  • General and malignant haematology
  • Evidence-based medicine

Dr Sean MacPherson (Haematologist)

BSc (Hons), MB ChB(Hons), FRCP (Glasgow), FRCPath, FHEA

Areas of clinical interest include;

  • General and malignant haematology
  • Haemostasis and obstetric haematology
  • Medical education
  • Senior lecturer in Clinical Haematology for the University of Otago
  • Consultant Haematologist at Canterbury Health Laboratories
  • Research within the University of Otago, Christchurch

Dr Emma Jane McDonald (Haematologist)​

MBChB, MRCP, MRCPath

Areas of clinical interest include:

  • General and malignant haematology
  • Medical education 
  • Myelodysplasia 

Nursing Staff

Jane Worsfold, Charge Nurse Manager

  • Responsible for overall management of the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit and Outpatients
  • Recruitment and retention of nurses
  • Policy review and development
  • Clinical resource

Wendy Jar, Clinical Nurse Specialist BMTU

  • Responsible for the application of ‘evidence based best practice’ principles in the clinical setting
  • Development of policies and procedures relating to the Haematology service
  • Provide guidance and support for staff in their patient assessments and clinical decision-making
  • Promotes nurse excellence through best clinical practice
  • Conducts orientations, education and mentoring of new staff
Sharron Ellis, Clinical Nurse Specialist Medical Day Unit (Haematology Speciality)

  • Manages care for haematology transfusion dependant patients who are medically stable.
  • Responsible for maintaining policies and procedures within the outpatient area.
  • Facilitates nurse education.
  • Coordinates and initiates varying support systems to facilitate patient quality of life at home.
  • Provides a resource for education to other Haematology staff, other departments and the wider community.

Jen Roberts and Sarah O’Brien​, Bone Marrow Transplant Coordinators

  • Clinical Nurse Specialist experienced in the transplant process
  • Plan and organise bone marrow transplants in consultation with Haematologists
  • Ensure patients receive the appropriate care through all phases of the transplant process
  • Liaise with bone marrow donors and organise their care
  • Provide education and support to patients, donors, their families, staff and community groups.

Joanne Sanders and Carolyn Lauren, Clinical Trials Coordinator

Helen McDermott, Ethics Coordinator

  • Clinical Nurse Specialists experienced in clinical trials
  • Coordinates the initial process of setting up clinical trials and ensure guidelines are adhered to
  • Provides expert education and clinical care to patients participating in clinical research trials
  • Coordination of international trials as required.

Haemostasis Service Nursing Staff:

Kathy Fawcett, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Haemophilia

Pauline Connors, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Thrombosis

Christine Mackay, Senior Nurse, Thrombosis

  • Overall management, education and liaison for haemophilia and bleeding disorder patients and their families.
  • Outpatient management and education for prothrombotic patients, including the initiation of anticoagulation for acute VTE.

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Page last reviewed: 10 December 2015
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