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5 Minutes with...Dr Oliver Brake

Aug 3, 2022

Dr Oliver Brake
Clinical Haematologist

General haematology, but especially haematologic malignancies. Interests in lymphoid malignancies and plasma cell dyscrasias/protein disorders.  

Graduated from University of Auckland Medical School 2011

Holds fellowships with both the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) and the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA)

What inspired you to study and practice medicine and why haematology?
Medicine represents the intersection between science and technology, critical thinking with the goal of helping everyday people.  It’s a privilege to go to work each day with the primary goal of improving the lives of people from all walks of life. Haematology takes this further with rapidly advancing molecular-based understanding of diseases and their treatment, and the opportunity to care for patients longitudinally- rather than at one point in time as with other disciplines.

What do you want your patients to know about working with you?
I am friendly, hardworking and honest. I will always be prepared to answer the hard questions and tell them the truth. I won’t judge a patient for an alternative point of view, and I listen well.

Describe your professional self in three words...
Affable, Diligent, Genuine

Loves: Home DIY, swimming with my wife and children at the beach, golf and cycling (in lycra).

Dislikes: Airport queues, hangovers and English rugby.       

Fears: Failing to live life in the moment and missing out on the simple pleasures (and birds- especially when they flap near your head or are summoned to land on your shoulder at a zoo or aviary).  

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