Arguably still sane despite a long career in clinical medicine - a miracle of modern times! Event as iCalendar


17 March 2017

3:30 - 4:30pm

Venue: Lecture Theatre 731.201, Tāmaki Innovation Campus

Location: 261 Morrin Road, St Johns, Auckland

Contact info: Suzanne Mitchell

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Head of Tāmaki Innovation Campus Seminar Series

Speaker: Dr David Galler, Clinical Lead, Ko Awatea and Intensive Care Specialist at Middlemore Hospital


The very act of becoming a doctor is enough to ruin many a good man and woman. As one progresses through a long career in medicine some go down, some adjust to survive, and a few thrive. In this short address David Galler will share with you some of his own ups and downs and talk about a few of the things that have kept him afloat all these years.


David Galler is the son of Polish Jewish refugees who ate pork and made yoghurt from sour milk. After attaining his first degree at Victoria University, he worked as a bus driver in Wellington. During his time driving the big reds, he helped women with prams board his bus and made endless polite conversation with the good citizens of Wellington. He also became well known for not charging customers who boarded his bus with freshly ground coffee; "Better than any deodorant with a full load of passengers going up the Brooklyn Hill on a wet winter's day," he used to say. He was finally let go for refusing to wear socks and became a doctor.

David Galler is the clinical lead at Ko Awatea and the programme Chair of the annual Apac Forum; he remains in practice as an Intensive Care Specialist at Middlemore Hospital where he has worked for 26 years; he is also a visiting specialist to the National Health Service of Samoa. During his career, he has held a variety of leadership roles within the DHB and in broader society. He once was the Vice President, then President of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists and for 7 years the Principal Medical Advisor to Directors General and Ministers of Health. He is now basking in the late afternoon of his career.

This seminar will be followed by a networking event (4.30-6pm) in the Function Room 220, Building 730.

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