David Skegg

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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.[1][2][3]


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.[1][4]

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.[5]

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.[6]


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  4. ^ "Conference of Executive Heads: Invited Speakers". Association of Commonwealth Universities. 
  5. ^ "Royal Society of New Zealand announces new President". Royal Society of New Zealand. 12 March 2012. 
  6. ^ Johnston, Martin (2008-12-31). "Honours List: Cancer researcher lifted lid on healthcare faults". The New Zealand Herald. 
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