Funded by the Foundation in 2017, The University of Auckland’s Chair in Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery (OHNS) has seen a terrific performance by its first professor in the role, Richard Douglas.
The purpose of the Passe & Williams Foundation Chairs is to establish internationally recognised centres of research and clinical excellence. This is achieved through the recruitment of world-class academic ENT clinicians into professorial roles. The University of Auckland is the first New Zealand university to receive Foundation funding for a Chair in OHNS.
During Richard’s tenure as Chair, he has:
Despite challenges such as the Covid-19 pandemic lockdowns and restrictions, Richard’s team were able to develop strong international collaborations with both industry and universities, such as:
The team also made significant advances to ENT research across various sub-specialties:
Richard has always ensured individual team members be recognised for their specific work that has helped build this lab into a hub of knowledge for New Zealand. The Foundation is proud to have funded projects and careers of many of the team, particularly those of the Academic Surgeon-Scientist Research Scholarship.
Richard and the team at Auckland have set high bar for the next professor to take the Chair, with the position now well-established to continue in perpetuity.