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Our Medical Advisory Panel

Our Medical Advisory Panel, Patron and (Honorary Patron) are a group of medical professionals that meet regularly to consult on issues and medical information to assist Coeliac NZ.

The Medical Advisors


Professor Andrew Day


After a period of training at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada, Dr. Day took up a position at Sydney Children's Hospital. It was not until 2009 when he returned to New Zealand to take up his current academic appointment as a Paediatric Gastroenterologist with the University of Otago, based in Christchurch. Dr. Day has a busy clinical role and also provides outreach Paediatric Gastroenterology services around the rest of the South Island. He has strong clinical and research interests in coeliac disease as well as other gut disorders. Andrew’s ongoing research activities are strongly supported by Cure Kids.


Dr. Richard H. Steele

MbChb (University of Otago) 1989 FRCPA (2000) FRACP (2000)

Richard works in a number of tertiary, community and hospital laboratories. He has experience and has written a number of papers in the area of clinical immunology and immunopathology including allergy, autoimmune diseases, primary immunodeficiency and HIV. Dr Steele has a particular interest in autoimmune disease inlcuding coeliac disease and quality assurance.

He was the NZ Vice President College of Pathologists Australasia, is an examiner for the Royal Australasian College of Pathologists, sits on the Medical Technical Advisory Committee IANZ, and is currently the Medical Director of Wellington SCL. Richard holds academic positions with the University of Otago (senior lecturer) and Victoria University Wellington (Adjunct Professor).


Dr. Kamran Rostami


Consultant Physician and Gastroenterologist. Dr. Rostami's postgraduate journey started with defining the seronegative subgroup with a PhD in coeliac disease from University of Amsterdam. He worked as a consultant Gastroenterologist in the UK and recently joined the Gastroenterology Unit at Palmerston North. He has presented in numerous national and international Gastroenterology conferences, coordinated a number of multicenter studies and has published over 100 research papers in peer reviewed journals. He serves as the deputy and associate editor for a number of Gastroenterology journals.


Anna Richards

New Zealand Registered Dietitian

Anna has worked in private practice with both adults and children for over 20 years. Her primary focus is coeliac disease, gastroenterology, allergy and adverse food reactions at all life stages, in conjunction with her general practice. Anna is on the Medical Panels of both Coeliac New Zealand and Allergy New Zealand. She lectures at Auckland University and at Massey University Symposiums. She is currently co-authoring the ASCIA-DAA Professional Certificate in Medical Nutrition Therapy in Food Allergy and Intolerance. Her clinical focus, significant experience and a daughter with coeliac disease gives her a unique perspective.


Sylvia North

MSc (Nutrition and Dietetics), BSc (Nutrition and Physiology)

Sylvia is an NZ Registered Dietitian, lecturer at AUT, and PhD candidate. Having been primarily clinically based in private practice over the previous five years she works closely with patients with complicated digestive issues. Seeing first-hand the changes that whole-food nutrition and lifestyle-based strategies can have on many aspects of health, she is a keen advocate for helping patients get to the bottom of longstanding digestive and inflammatory issues.

See Sylvia's website for more details:


Miriam Mullard

Miriam has over fifteen years experience in public and private healthcare, postgraduate teaching and dietetic service management. She studied Human Geography at Auckland University before obtaining an honours Degree in Human Nutrition followed by a Master’s degree in Dietetics from King’s College, London. She then worked at some of London’s top teaching hospitals and later her in own dietetic practice.  Miriam is currently the lead Dietitian at the MacMurray Centre in Auckland with a clinical focus on gastroenterology, cardiovascular disease, bariatrics and endoscopic weight loss.  Having one daughter with coeliac disease and two with food allergies she recognises the importance of practical, evidence-based advice.


Professor Clare Wall

PhD, New Zealand Registered Dietitian

Clare is the Head of the Discipline of Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Auckland and a New Zealand Registered Dietitian. After qualifying as a dietitian in the UK in 1984, she specialised in paediatric dietetics, working in both the UK and Australia. Clare is an active member of the nutrition community in New Zealand and serves on a number of national review panels and committees in the infant and childhood nutrition area. Clare's main research focus is the interrelationship between the determinants of nutritional status and health outcomes in the paediatric population. She is currently a collaborator on a number of research projects in pregnancy and early life and is the Principal Investigator on a National Science Challenge funded project exploring the effect of prebiotic complimentary foods on the microbiome composition in infants. She also has a daughter with Coeliac Disease.


Dr. Jonathan Bishop

MB ChB 1995 Edin; MRCPCH 1999; CCT (UK) Paeds 2008; FRACP 2013

Jonathan completed undergraduate and postgraduate paediatric gastroenterology training in the UK before undertaking a six month Fellow post in Starship Children’s Hospital in 2007. He returned to the UK to work as a consultant post in the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Glasgow between 2008 and 2011 before the lure of the Southern hemisphere proved too strong and he returned to Starship as a Consultant Paediatric Gastroenterologist/Hepatologist. His professional interests include coeliac disease, inflammatory bowel disease and cystic fibrosis liver disease.


Associate Professor Kirsten Coppell


Kirsten is a Public Health Physician and has also trained and practised as a General Practitioner in New Zealand and the UK. She has undertaken research at the Department of Medicine, University of Otago since 2003. Her research focus includes not only diabetes, diabetes-related conditions, and the prevention of diabetes, but also coeliac disease. She initiated and led the 2012 New Zealand Coeliac Health Survey with CNZ. In addition to research, Kirsten supervises public health medicine trainees across New Zealand. Kirsten’s husband and both children have coeliac disease.


Sophie Hall

Sophie Hall, New Zealand Registered Dietitian

Sophie is a NZ registered dietitian with over 15 years of experience in various clinical roles both in New Zealand and the UK. She is currently working in paediatrics in Te Whatu Ora Waitaha/Canterbury and in private practice and is completing her PhD with a focus on the management of paediatric coeliac disease.



Dr. Simon Chin (Honorary Patron)

Dr Chin is an Otago Medical School graduate, having completed his initial paediatric training in Auckland and having extensive advanced training in Australia and USA, completing a 2 year clinical fellowship at Royal Children's Hospital in Brisbane and also a 3 year fellowship at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He worked in private and at Starship Children's Hospital with the Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition Service and held outreach clinics to provincial centres. Recently retired, he still has a special interest in coeliac disease and accepted the role of Patron in 2020 having contributed extensively to the Coeliac NZ Medical Advisory Panel over several years.


Dr. Bob Anderson (Patron)

MBChB, BMedSc, PhD FRACP Dr Bob Anderson is gastroenterologist, immunologist, and drug and diagnostics developer specialised in coeliac disease. He is the current President of the International Society for the Study of Coeliac Disease, and this year was awarded the Research Excellence Prize by the Celiac Disease Foundation (USA) for contributions to understanding coeliac disease. Bob studied medicine and then completed a PhD at Otago University before training in gastroenterology at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. He then spent four years as a scientist at Oxford University focused on vaccinology and discovering the specific gluten peptides responsible for coeliac disease. Returning to Melbourne, he launched the coeliac disease lab at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, and then gradually shifted focus to leading the commercial development of the first specific immunotherapy for coeliac disease, Nexvax2. He was based in Boston until 2019 and then returned to Australia where he is now leading development of diagnostics for coeliac disease and other immune conditions at Novoviah Pharmamceuticals and is also in clinical practice in Mackay QLD.


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Together, we can reach a day when every person with coeliac disease gets diagnosed quickly, lives a healthy life, and has the prospect of a cure.

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