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Head of Anaesthesiology Dept, University of Auckland, NZ

Professor Simon Mitchell is an anaesthesiologist at Auckland City Hospital, a diving physician at North Shore Hospital, and head of the Department of Anaesthesiology at the University of Auckland. His academic interests focus substantially on diving physiology and pathophysiology; fields in which he is widely published including chapters in Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine and the American Physiological Society Handbook, and invited review articles in Lancet and the New England Journal of Medicine. As at October 2022, he is ranked the world's leading expert in both decompression sickness and air embolism by Expertscape. Simon is an active cave and deep wreck diver and in 2002 performed the deepest dive undertaken to a shipwreck at that time. He is a fellow of the Explorer's Club of New York and was the 2015 Rolex Diver of the Year.