Meet our panel of medical specialists

Research Review New Zealand works with over 70 local medical specialists to select and advise on the most important research from around the world. They advise on what really matters, what impact it has on local healthcare and what we need to do in our daily practice to accomodate new skills and knowledge. Select a category below to see more about each of our expert advisors.

Dr Aleksandra Popadich

Dr Aleksandra Popadich

Dr Popadich is a Breast, Endocrine and General Surgeon based in Wellington, working from Wakefield and Boulcott hospitals. Her main focus is surgical treatment of breast cancers and management of thyroid and parathyroid conditions. She is a member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons, the International Association of Endocrine Surgeons, the Australian and New Zealand Endocrine Surgeons and ANZ Breast Surgeons... read more »

Dr David Okonji

Dr David Okonji

David specialises in treating breast and urogenital cancers, as well as melanoma. He has a particular focus on cancer care in the elderly. David currently practises at Wellington Regional Hospital, and also undertakes private practice in Bowen Hospital, Wellington. David is a Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of Otago School of Medicine. He is actively involved in research as an investigator in clinical trials at Wellington Hospital. He is also an active member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the European Society of Medical of Oncology and the Society of Geriatric Oncology... read more »

Dr Erica Whineray Kelly

Dr Erica Whineray Kelly

Erica is a breast cancer surgeon and advocate based in Auckland, New Zealand. Erica co-founded and is the managing director of both Auckland Breast Centre (ABC) and Focus Radiotherapy. Erica is also a consultant for the national breast screening programme, a member of New Zealand Global Women, Australasian and European breast cancer organisations, is a Be. Accessible Fab 50 leader as an advocate in the accessibility space, and was a founding Chair of the advisory board of the InZone Girls project. Outside this, Erica is a mentor to a number of students, and is married with two children... read more »

Dr Sheridan Wilson

Dr Sheridan Wilson

Dr Sheridan Wilson is a Medical Oncologist specialising in the treatment of breast cancer. Sheridan graduated from the Auckland University School of Medicine in 2003 and became a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 2012. Between 2013 and 2014, Sheridan completed a clinical research fellowship in breast cancer at The British Columbia Cancer Agency, Vancouver, Canada. Since her return to New Zealand, Sheridan has maintained an interest in translational research and is an active participant in the Breast Cancer Special Interest Group of New Zealand. Sheridan works at ADHB where she currently holds the position of Clinical Lead for the breast team in Medical Oncology... read more »

Dr Carmel Jacobs

Dr Carmel Jacobs

Dr Carmel Jacobs is a Medical Oncologist at the Auckland Regional Cancer and Blood service, Auckland City hospital and also in private practice. Her clinical interests are in genitourinary cancers along with supportive care. She is a co-investigator on multiple clinical trials. Her areas of research interest are in supportive care of patients with advanced cancer including the management of bone metastases.. read more »