Peter Stone

Peter Stone

Professor Peter Stone is Professor of Maternal Fetal Medicine at the University of Auckland and formerly Head of Department in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. His postgraduate training was in Britain, gaining a Doctor of Medicine based on Doppler studies in fetal growth restriction from the University of Bristol. After working in Wellington at the University of Otago for 11 years, where he set up the maternal fetal medicine service, he moved to Auckland in 1998. In 2008-9 he was instrumental in commencing the processes leading to the development of the New Zealand Maternal Fetal Medicine Network.

Professor Stone has been a member of a number of Ministerial advisory groups most recently on the screening advisory groups for HIV and Down Syndrome. He was Chair of the Mother’s and Baby Group for Health Workforce New Zealand, and a member of the Technical Group for Antenatal and Newborn Screening in the National Screening Unit.

He developed an ultrasound teaching programme for registrar trainees and Pacific health care workers in association with the RANZCOG. He has published a textbook for teaching basic O&G ultrasound.

Current research interests include fetal welfare assessment including MRI studies. A major focus now is investigating the physiology associated with the epidemiological findings from our research group about the impact of maternal sleep position on risk of stillbirth. He and his team have developed a model for investigating oxygen transfer across the placenta assessed by MRI. They are now examining the effects of maternal position on placental oxygen transfer in pregnancies affected by fetal growth restriction.



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