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Herbert Frank McNICKLE

MB ChB (NZ) 1931, LRCP (Lond) 1933, FRCS (Eng) 1933

Born Auckland 23 Aug 1907                  Died Auckland 16 Jan 1981

H F McNickle

After one year as a house surgeon in NZ, he went to UK where he worked in Nottingham. He obtained the FRCS (Eng) at the age of 25 in 1933.

He returned to NZ at the end of 1934 to take up the appointment of Resident Surgeon, Wellington Hospital from 1 Jan 1935. This post involved him in a wide range of general surgery. From 1940, he undertook a majority of the paediatric surgery at the hospital.

He undertook the first operation in NZ for patent ductus arteriosus ligation, on 16 May 1944 at Wellington Hospital. This was on a patient with infective endarteritis, who made a complete recovery.

Six weeks later, he performed the first pericardiectomy in Wellington.

He resigned on 31 May 1946, moving to Auckland. There he worked as a general surgeon and gynaecologist in private practice, until retiring in 1970.

photograph courtesy W G McNickle
Last updated 29 October 2016.