Sir David Christopher Graham Skegg, KNZM, OBE, FRSNZ (born 16 December 1947) is a New Zealand epidemiologist and university administrator. He is a former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Otago and Professor of Preventive and Social Medicine. His primary research interest is cancer epidemiology.
Skegg was born in Auckland and attended King's College, Auckland. He entered the medical course at the University of Otago, travelling on exchange to Harvard University. He later received a (postgraduate) Rhodes Scholarship to the University of Oxford, joining Balliol College and working with noted epidemiologist Sir Richard Doll.
Returning to Otago, Skegg took up the departmental chair in Preventive and Social Medicine in 1980. In 2004, he took up the Vice-Chancellorship of the university. He stood down from that position in 2011. He was appointed President of the Royal Society of New Zealand in July 2012.
Skegg has acted as a consultant to the World Health Organisation and to the New Zealand government. In 1990, he was awarded an OBE for services to medicine and, in 2009, received a knighthood. He has contributed to the study of cervical, breast and prostate cancer, as well contraceptives and reproductive health.
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