Doctor Chris Sames
Dr Chris Sames gained his medical qualifications from Auckland Medical School in 1982. After his house surgeon years he spent 2 years as a psychiatry registrar in Auckland followed by a further 3 years working in the fields of psychiatry and rehabilitation medicine in London. On returning to NZ he spent 8 years as a solo GP in Auckland followed by work in Accident and Emergency medicine.
He joined the Royal NZ Navy in 1999 and served as Medical Officer aboard HMNZS Canterbury in East Timor from Sept to Dec of that year. He resigned his commission as Surgeon Lieutenant Commander in July 2002 but continued to work for the Navy as the hyperbaric medical officer.
As well as a BSc in chemistry, he has a fellowship of the Royal NZ College of GPs, post-graduate diplomas in Accident and Emergency Medicine and Occupational Medicine, and he has a special interest and many years experience in Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine. In 2008 he was awarded a Master of Medical Science degree (honours) and has published research and opinion papers in the field of Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine.