Meet Our Team

Grant Beban

Bariatric Surgeon

Grant works in both private and public practice at Auckland Hospital. His particular interests are laparoscopic gastric bypass and laparoscopic gastric sleeve procedures, as well as other forms of laparoscopic upper gastrointestinal surgery and surgery for cancers of the upper gastrointestinal tract. He has been involved in Ministry of Health groups looking at management of morbid obesity in New Zealand and prioritisation of weight loss operations in public hospitals.

Research interests include improvements in diabetes control and quality of life after weight loss surgery.

Richard Babor

Bariatric Surgeon

As well as his private practice, Richard works as a general, upper gastrointestinal and bariatric surgeon at Counties Manukau District Health Board. His interests include laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, gastric bypass and revision of complicated band surgery.

Currently he is involved in research on enhanced recovery after bariatric surgery and the effect of bariatric surgery on diabetes.

Jon Morrow

Bariatric Surgeon

Jon is a general surgeon with a special interest in bariatric surgery. His practice comprises bariatric surgery (laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, laparoscopic gastric bypass, revisional surgery and management of complex cases); laparoscopic foregut surgery (reflux, hiatus hernia), and general surgery (laparoscopic gallbladder, and hernia surgery).

He has worked as a consultant general surgeon at Middlemore Hospital since 2010.

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Craig Birch

Anaesthetist

Craig practiced anaesthesia in South Africa, the United Kingdom and Australia before establishing his practice in Auckland in 2001. He works in public practice at Middlemore Hospital where his special interests are anaesthesia for difficult airways, trauma, obstetrics, paediatrics and obesity surgery. He is actively involved in teaching and research. His private practice includes obesity surgery, orthopaedic surgery and maxillofacial surgery.

Craig is a graduate of the University of Cape Town.

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Ivan Bergman

Anaesthetist

Ivan works in both private and public practice as a specialist consultant at Auckland City Hospital. His special anaesthetic interests are general and liver surgery including laparoscopy, orthopaedics and major abdominal surgery. His other interests include research and coagulation.

Cheri Hotu

Consultant Physician and Endocrinologist

Cheri provides medical care to people undergoing bariatric surgery. She works with our team of surgeons to help manage any non-surgical medical issues that may arise for our patients during their journey through bariatric surgery, and provides post-operative followup care for two years. Cheri also runs a diabetes outreach and telehealth clinical service to indigenous communities throughout Central Australia, and holds a post-doctoral clinical fellowship in Indigenous Health with the Baker Heart & Diabetes Institute in Alice Springs.

Liz Goodall

Bariatric Dietitian

Liz works in both public and private practice, focused mainly on bariatric nutrition. Her interest in the area started when she worked as the New Zealand dietitian for Optifast. During this time, she established a special interest group for bariatric dietitians, which continues to meet on a regular basis to share knowledge and experience. Liz has organised national bariatric nutrition seminars for dietitians and is a regular attendee at overseas conferences. She is the current president of the Auckland branch of the Dietetic Association.

Liz is also the inpatient dietitian for patients at Mercy and Ascot Hospitals.

Cindy Sharon

Bariatric Psychologist

Cindy is a health psychologist with a special interest in obesity and bariatric surgery. She works in both private practice and in the public health sector in Auckland. Cindy offers psychological assessment and preparation prior to surgery to help people identify and address behaviours that, unaddressed, may create barriers to obtaining the best outcome after surgery. Cindy also offers post-surgical support to help with issues such as body image, changing relationships, staying motivated and developing healthy ways of coping with life’s stresses.

Katie Lambert

Bariatric Dietitian

Katie has over 20 years’ experience as a dietitian working in the private and public health sectors in New Zealand and overseas. She is passionate about the role food plays in life and works with our patients both before and after surgery to ensure their diets meet their needs for both health and wellbeing . Katie trained in the United Kingdom; she is currently the co-convenor for the Dietitian NZ Bariatric special interest group and is also a member of the BDA obesity group. As well as working with Auckland Weight Loss Surgery, Katie looks after patients at Mercy and Ascot Hospitals.

Gastric bypass surgery requires you to make significant changes to your lifestyle for the rest of your life.