Prof John Ormiston


Medical Director & Interventional Cardiologist

Work History

John Ormiston graduated from Otago University Medical School in 1972 with distinction in medicine and surgery, the Boyd Prize in medicine and Stanley Batchelor Memorial prize in surgery. He trained in cardiology at Wellington and Green Lane Hospitals before taking up a National Heart Foundation Scholarship for further training in Los Angeles.

After his senior staff appointment at Green Lane Hospital in 1984, he played a major role in developing the then new field of interventional cardiology in New Zealand and the Asia Pacific. He has introduced many new techniques and technologies including the world’s first implantation of a fully bioresorbable drug-eluting stent, the first transcatheter aortic valve inplantation in the Asia Pacific region and the first New Zealand renal denervation for hypertension. His research has involved clinical studies and he is internationally known for his bench testing of cardiological devices. He has published widely with more than 200 scientific papers in peer reviewed journals

John was instrumental in setting up Auckland’s first private angiography suite Intra (formerly Mercy Angiography) in 1989 and has been the Medical Director since. He was also a founding member of the Auckland Heart Group. In 2004 he was appointed as an Associate Professor at the University of Auckland School of Medicine and Professor in 2013. In 2008 the Royal College of Physicians, London awarded him with an honorary fellowship. In 2011 for services to medicine he became an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit.