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Dr Stephen Kara

Sport and Exercise Medicine Registrar

MBChB , FRNZCGP, Dip Sports Med, Dip Obs, MPhil (Hons)

 
 

Stephen is a Sport and Exercise Medicine Registrar at Axis. He has a background in general practice and completed his Diploma in Sports Medicine in 1998. For the past 15 years he has worked in rugby medicine with provincial teams, national teams and Super Rugby side The Blues. Stephen began his time at Axis as the lead clinician in our dedicated sports concussion clinic. His interest in concussion is generated from his time involved in contact sports, and has led to an education role with NZ rugby for community based rugby and referees.

Stephen was a long standing team doctor for The Blues Super rugby side, a position he held for 10 years from 2008. His previous appointments include Counties-Manukau, Auckland, NZ Under 19 and Maori All Black rugby teams. He was a tournament medical officer for the Rugby World Cup 2011 and is currently an educator for World Rugby in Pitchside Immediate Care.

Outside of medicine Stephen enjoys the feeling of hitting the perfect golf shot, rarely achieved but always imagined, and of a fish on the end of a line. He has become a supporter of the performing arts thanks to his three children who are all involved in dance.

 
 

Team Involvement and Achievements:

 

Current:

  • Tournament Physician ASB Classic tennis tournament 2019, 2020
  • Research interests include concussion and injury prevention

Previous:

  • Team Doctor Blues Super rugby team
  • Team Doctor Auckland ITM Cup Rugby  2004 -  2007 / 2012- 2015
  • Team Doctor Counties-Manukau ITM Cup Rugby  2002 – 2003
  • Team Doctor NZ Maori All Black Rugby 2011 – 2012
  • Team Doctor NZ Under 19 Rugby  2004 – 2007
  • Medical Officer NZ Men’s Hockey 1995 - 1998

 

 

Other team members:

 

Dr Tony Edwards

Sport and Exercise Physician

Dr Graham Paterson

Sport and Exercise Physician

Dr Chris Hanna

Sport and Exercise Physician

Dr Mark Fulcher

Sport and Exercise Physician

Dr James McGarvey

Sport and Exercise Physician

Mr Simon Young

Orthopaedic Surgeon

Dr Craig Panther

Sport and Exercise Physician

Dr Dan Exeter

Sport and Exercise Physician

Dr Sarah Beable

Sport and Exercise Physician

Dr Simon Kim

Sport and Exercise Physician

Dr Noah Whitehead

Sport and Exercise Physician

Dr Julie Shamlaye

Sport and Exercise Physician

Dr Simon Baker

Sport and Exercise Physician

Dr Adam Castricum

Sport and Exercise Physician

Dr Colleen Winstanley

Sport and Exercise Medicine Registrar

Dr Amitesh Kumar

Sport and Exercise Medicine Registrar

Hannah Crosswell

Clinical Exercise Physiologist (CEP)

Dane Baker

Performance Dietitian

Mr Rob Elliott

Orthopaedic Surgeon