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Our specialists

Our specialists are experts with specialized knowledge and significant experience in their respective fields to enhance the quality of care provided.

Mr Ram Chandru

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
Specialised in hand, wrist and elbow

Since 2012 I’ve been living and practicing here in New Zealand, three years after completing my fellowship in the UK. The experience involved specialist training in Wrightington Hospital and North Staffordshire University hospital, and it affirmed my belief that being able to inform is just as important as being able to treat.

Ensuring that you’re fully aware of your condition – and that you have access to a clear line of communication – is essential. So, to help provide the best information and possible outcomes, I’ve taken an active part in several research projects (specifically concerning the operative measures of scaphoid non-union) and I make every effort to learn about the latest developments and techniques available.

Outside of my nine-to-five, I take up a few clinics at the charity hospital here in Christchurch. I’m also proud to have driven several charitable initiatives in India. I hope this website offers the information and assurance you need when it comes to your condition, and I’m glad to help where I can.

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Dr Nilu (Niranjala) Hewapathirana

Diabetes Specialist, Endocrinologist and Consultant Physician

Nilu is a diabetes specialist and physician working at Christchurch Hospital. She obtained MBBS and MD qualifications in Sri Lanka and went to the UK in 2005 for post graduate higher specialisation. She completed her Endocrine and General Medicine training in Nottingham UK. After qualifying as a specialist in Endocrinology she joined University of Cambridge as a Clinical Research Associate and gained additional experience in the field of diabetes technology and pregnancy. She subsequently worked as a Consultant Endocrinologist in Northampton General Hospital and then West Suffolk Hospital  prior to moving to NZ in 2018.


Since moving to Christchurch, she has been providing specialist diabetes services at Christchurch diabetes centre, diabetes in pregnancy clinic at Christchurch women’s hospital. She is also a clinical senior lecturer in medicine at the University of Otago, Christchurch. She has taken part in local and national guidelines committees and was a speaker at several GP and practice nurse events locally.

She specialises in all aspects of diabetes care including Type 1, Type 2 diabetes, pregnancy in diabetes and the use of technology in diabetes i.e Continuous glucose monitoring, insulin pump therapy.

She aims to educate, empower and guide individuals to achieve best clinical outcomes, with open discussion regarding available treatment options and keeping the referring clinician up to date on the chosen plan and progress.

Dr Kerri Mooney 

MB.BCH.BAO.BA.FRACS (PLAST)                                       
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Dr Kerri Mooney, New Zealand trained Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon, offers modern patient care with over a decade's experience. Specializing in Aesthetic, Breast, Skin Cancer, and Breast Reconstruction surgeries, she's trained globally, including a prestigious fellowship at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne and a North American fellowship in breast and aesthetic surgery. A fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, she's practiced in the Plastic Surgery Departments at prestigious hospitals like Christchurch Public Hospital, Hutt Hospital, Middlemore Hospital, and the New Zealand National Burns Unit. Dr Mooney has been involved in charity hospital work at Livingstone Hospital, Zambia.


Dr Mooney was awarded an Entrance Exhibition Scholarship to Trinity College Dublin, Ireland's oldest and most selective medical school, where she completed both a Bachelor of Arts and a Medical Degree (with Honours). She was bestowed the Erasmus Scholarship by the European Union to study medicine through French at the oldest Medical University in the world – Montpellier University, France. She has also completed a Surgical Anatomy Diploma at Otago University (with Distinction).


Dr Mooney prioritizes precise, safe, and personalized care at Dudley Creek Health, Christchurch, focusing on private practice with operations at leading hospitals. Dr Mooney focuses solely on private practice and can offer operations at St George’s Hospital, Southern Cross Hospital, Nelson Hospital, and Forté Health. Her approach emphasizes careful planning, communication, technical expertise, and premium after-care for optimal outcomes.


Dr Mooney and her team look forward to looking after you in the clinic. The team will endeavour to answer all your questions. Dr Mooney strives for excellence and will only settle for the best outcome possible whether that is through surgical or non-surgical methods.


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