International Guest Speakers

  • Dr Anthony Wagstaff

    Dr Anthony Wagstaff
    Patterson Trust Speaker

    Born in England and raised in Norway, Anthony graduated as a medical doctor from The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Dublin, in 1985, and returned to Norway for his internship. After 5 years as an occupational health physician, which is also his medical speciality, Anthony started work at the Institute of Aviation Medicine in Oslo. He passed the Diploma in Aviation Medicine in London in 1997, and received a PhD degree from the University of Oslo in 2001.

    Anthony has a Master of Business Administration from ESCP/EAP European School of Management, Paris, 2005, and is also a graduate of the Norwegian Defence College from 2013. He has been a member since 2001, and from 2015, a Director of the International Academy of Aviation and Space medicine, and an AsMa Fellow since 2013. He is currently the President of The European Society for Aerospace Medicine - ESAM. He has authored or co-authored around 90 original articles, abstracts, proceedings and research reports in Aerospace medicine and related fields.

    Anthony's current position is in the Norwegian Armed Forces Medical Services, as Director of the Institute of Aviation Medicine. He has responsibility for military aviation medicine in Norway including their training and research activities and the Flight Surgeon service, as well as their role as the civilian Aeromedical Centre in Norway according to EASA regulations. In addition, he holds a part-time position as Associate Professor of Occupational medicine at the University of Oslo. 

  • Dr Quay Snyder

    Dr Quay Snyder
    Invited Guest Speaker, generously sponsored by AsMA

    MD, MSPH

    Dr. Quay Snyder is the Air Line Pilots Association, International Aeromedical Advisor and is also the FAA HIMS Program Manager with 20+ years experience sponsoring substance addicted pilots. Quay holds board certification in Aerospace Medicine, Addiction Medicine, Family Practice and Occupational Medicine. He served in the US Air Force as a flight surgeon and glider instructor pilot. Quay has chaired the NBAA’s Safety Committee Fitness for Duty Working Group and served on the medical expert group for the FAA’s Pilot Fitness Aviation Rulemaking Committee and is Deputy Chair of AsMA’s Pilot Mental Health Working Group. He received the SSA’s World Distance Award for 40,000 km of solo cross country flight in his ASK-24B glider. He is active in triathlons qualifying for the 2016 Ironman Hawaii World Championship and 2017 US National Championships.

  • Dr Robert Thirsk

    Dr Robert Thirsk
    John Lane Orator

    Dr Robert Thirsk is a former Canadian Space Agency astronaut and the current Chancellor of the University Of Calgary. He received Degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Calgary and from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He also holds a Doctorate of Medicine from McGill University, and a Master of Business Administration from the MIT Sloan School of Management. Bob has flown on two space missions as a member of the Canadian Space Agency’s astronaut corps. He first flew aboard the space shuttle Columbia in 1996 with six international crewmates as part of the Life and Microgravity Spacelab Mission.

    In 2009 Bob launched aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS). As members of the ISS Expedition 20/21 crew, Bob and his five crewmates performed multidisciplinary research which will bring benefit to world citizens and enable future space exploration. During the 188 day expedition, the crew also performed robotic operations and maintenance of Station systems and payloads. Bob is a strong promoter of an economy based upon exploration, innovation, and life-long learning.


  • Dr Imran Ansari

    Dr Imran Ansari
    Consultant Ophthalmologist, Moorfields Eye Hospital Dubai

    Dr Imran Ansari is a consultant ophthalmologist with an interest in general ophthalmology and medical retinal disease. He presented a case series of Central Serous Retinopathy in Commercial Pilots at the 2013 ASAM meeting in Hong Kong.

    Imran currently works at Moorfields Eye Hospital in Dubai (a branch of the world renowned Moorfields Eye Hospital in London), and also at Imperial College London Diabetes Centre in Abu Dhabi.

    Imran is also a qualified aviation medical examiner and is involved in the ophthalmic care for local airline staff and crew in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

    He graduated in medicine from The University of London (St Bartholomew's and The Royal London Medical School) in 2000, and acquired his ophthalmic training from the UK, before moving to Dubai in 2007.

    Dr Ansari is a member of The Royal College of Ophthalmologist in the UK, and a fellow of The Royal College of Surgeons of Glasgow. He also holds fellowship of the European Board of Ophthalmology, as well as specialist registration in Sweden.

  • Dr Dave Baldwin

    Dr Dave Baldwin
    Avmed Doc, Bulls Flying Doctor Service

    Dr Dave Baldwin got his medical degree at Otago University, Dunedin and after completing his vocational training in General Practice joined the RNZAF 889 Officer Training Course in 1989 and graduated to become the Base Medical Officer at RNZAF Base Ohakea with the A-4 Skyhawks of Ohakea’s famous 75 Squadron. In the truly action-packed fast jet environment of New Zealand’s Strike Force, Dr Dave found his true love i.e. developing his sub-specialty: aviation medicine. Three years later, he left the RNZAF and began developing the Bulls Medical Centre located in Bulls – a thriving rural town located next door to the Ohakea Air Force Base. Since this time, the Manawatu region has provided him with not only a wonderful environment to bring up his family but also to a place form a base from which he has developed the truly unique “Bulls Flying Doctor Service” (www.flyingdoctor.co.nz). This service provides a mobile aviation medical service to the pilots located in the remote mountainous areas of New Zealand which he loves so much. He is in the process of writing his fourth book and is also First World President of the International Healthy Bastards Campaign (www.healthybastards.co.nz) .

  • Bryan Chong

    Bryan Chong
    Trainee Intern, University of Auckland

    Bryan is a final year medical student from the University of Auckland with a keen interest in the aviation industry and aviation medicine. He has recently completed a medical elective with Air NZ and undertook this research study as part of his elective. Outside of medical studies, he splits his time between working towards his pilot's license and his role as a medic in the NZ Army reserves.

  • A/Prof Gordon Davies

    A/Prof Gordon Davies
    Clinical Associate Professor, University of Wollongong

    Gordon Davies has been involved with the Aviation Medical Society since 1964 and had served on the committee for many years, much of this being as treasurer. He is also a pilot and has written a number of papers on aviation medicine as well as consulting on psychiatric aspects of flying.

  • Dr Anthony Hochberg

    Dr Anthony Hochberg
    Executive Physician

    Anthony is an Executive Manager and Corporate Physician with 20 years of experience in providing best practice advice and expert advisory services for a number of corporates ranging in size from 1,500 to 155,000 employees in Asia Pacific region - many ranked in Forbes 100 globally. Anthony's roles have included developing and leading health strategy and taking a proactive approach within the Health and Safety Executive including managing group health and medical risks and controls including public health, international travel health, e-health and complex aeromedical retrievals.

  • Dr Joanna Lapish

    Dr Joanna Lapish
    AME, Royal Heights Medical Centre

    Dr Lapish is a General Practitioner in West Auckland, and does pilot medicals for CAA and CASA at Ardmore Airport, Gisborne and Hastings.  When conditions are VFR she and husband, Chris, fly to Gisborne and Hastings to do the medicals in a C172 and she hopes to one day get her own PPL.

  • Dr Tony Schiemer

    Dr Tony Schiemer
    Aerospace Medicine Registrar, Australasian Society of Aerospace Medicine

    Tony is a Designated Aviation Medical Examiner originally from Sydney, NSW. He is currently in training as an Aerospace Medicine and General Practice registrar, and as a commercial pilot trainee with the Albatross Aero Club in Nowra. He is a published author with the Journal of Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance, and his interests include expedition medicine, aviation and space medicine, as well as climate change and the related human health effects.

  • Dr Jayashri Sharma

    Dr Jayashri Sharma
    Former Faculty, School of Environmental Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

    Jayashri graduated in Medicine ( MB.,BS) from the Armed Forces Medical College Pune in 1968 and post graduated from Poona University in 1973 with an MD in Medical/Clinical Physiology.

    As an Associate research fellow, she assisted with the set up of an Animal Tissue Culture Laboratory, with Hela and Vero cell cultures in 73-74 at the National Chemical Laboratory in Poona.

    Jayashri Sharma was appointed a Senior Scientific Officer in 1975, with the Ministry of Defence Government of India at the Defence Institute of Physiology and Allied Sciences and pursued Stress factor studies in High Altitude, Heat and Immunity. Derived the Non Invasive Re-breathing Cardiac Output measurement in healthy volunteers and attempted Thoracic Impedance Phlethysmography. Studied leucocytic variations in High altitude in healthy volunteers. 

    Jayashri Sharma was appointed Faculty at the School of Environmental Sciences at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in 1976-2006 to develop the courses in Environmental Physiology and Medicine in Normal and Abnormal environments and disruptions in Medicinal Ecology. She developed research projetcs for MPhil and PhD programs with adequate publications of their work. Was deputed to be the Occupational Physician with the Ministry of Health at Bahrain 83-85. Was a Occupational Health Consultant with WHO/ EMRO for labour migration and occupational health concerns.


  • Dr Neil Westphalen

    Dr Neil Westphalen
    Commander, RANR

    Dr Neil Westphalen graduated from Adelaide University in 1985, and joined the RAN in 1987. He is a RAN Staff Course graduate, and a Fellow of both the RACGP and AFOEM. He also has a Dip AvMed and a MPH, and was admitted as an ACAsM Foundation Fellow in 2012.

    His seagoing service most recently includes RENDERSAFE 14, SEA RAIDER 15 and SEA HORIZON 17. He also has extensive shore service, most recently as the Fleet Medical Officer from January 2013 to January 2016.

    Commander Westphalen transferred to the Active Reserve in July 2016.

  • Dr Anton Wiles

    Dr Anton Wiles
    GP/Medical Examiner

    Anton trained at Otago, graduating in 1974, then spent 2 years in various locations in Australia, and 2 years in the UK. Anton has been a GP in Auckland since 1980, gaining his Dip AvMed in 2003, and being an NZ DME since 2002. Since that time he has also gained designation for CASA, Fiji, FAA, Canada, UK/EASA, Hong Kong, Qatar and Oman. Anton ceased delivering babies in 2010, and has been a Police Medical Officer since then.

  • Dr Adrian Zentner

    Dr Adrian Zentner
    DAME, Independent Practitioner Network

    Adrian is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Aerospace Medicine with a Diploma of Aviation Medicine (UK) and a DAME based in Perth WA.