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Christchurch academic surgeon who has led breakthroughs in bowel cancer research recognised




A Christchurch academic surgeon who has led breakthroughs in identifying potential causes of bowel cancer has been recognised with a Queen’s Birthday honour.


Professor Frank Frizelle was the first professor of Colorectal Surgery in New Zealand in 2000 and has maintained a leadership role, nationally and internationally, in his field for “many decades”.


He was also the first surgeon in the country to start a service for advanced pelvic malignancy and has been recognised internationally for his “groundbreaking work in the field of bowel cancer causation”.


Frizelle’s services to health were recognised on Monday as he was named an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit.



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