For each senior medical and dental staff member, a basic career profile is presented; the focus being on educational and training background leading up to appointment to the Wellington Hospital senior staff and the roles occupied whilst on staff. In the case of dental officers, it is not always easy to decide whether an individual dentist should be considered to be 'senior'. Unlike their medical counterparts, the hospital dentists have not always had a clear hierarchical staff structure of 'junior' staff comprising house staff and registrars vs. 'senior' staff including those with postgraduate qualifications and experience. Thus, some dental officers included may have been relatively 'junior'.
Those practitioners who were employed by the Wellington Hospital Board but at institutions other than the hospital in Newtown have not been included. Thus, for example, those employed solely at Hutt, Porirua or Kenepuru Hospitals have not been documented. This may disappoint some readers, but even keeping the task 'in-house' has made it a very large undertaking.
The mini-biographies are not intended to replicate obituaries or otherwise describe the 'full life' of individuals. In part, this is to avoid duplication and additionally, knowledge by the author of many lives and careers outside the Hospital is scant.
I have set out to include all who have held senior appointments at Wellington Hospital, whether these were of long or short tenure,
and whether or not they were full-time or part-time. With a few exceptions, locum appointments have not been
included. Biographies of those senior medical and dental officers who are still employed in that capacity are
not included, though for completeness, their names will be included (in pale green) in the tables displaying appointees
during the twenty year period 1961 - 1980.