Shanthi Ameratunga, MBChB PhD FRACP FAFPHM, is Professor of Epidemiology & Public Health at the School of Population Health, University of Auckland. She graduated from the School of Medicine, University of Otago and worked in clinical paediatrics before transitioning to a career in population health, undertaking postgraduate training at the Johns Hopkins University.
Over the past 20 years, she has led a program of research in injury prevention, trauma outcomes and disability. Through interdisciplinary collaborations, funded by the Health Research Council of New Zealand, the Wellcome Trust, the Road Traffic Injury Research Network, National Health & Medical Research Council, and the Accident Compensation Corporation, she has contributed to injury control efforts in New Zealand, Australia, and the Asia-Pacific region. She has over 300 publications, received numerous honours including the Te Manaia Leadership Award from the Injury Prevention Network of Aotearoa New Zealand, and served on multiple international expert groups including the Lancet WHO UNICEF Commission on Child Wellbeing. She has an enduring commitment to addressing disparities in health, equity-focused health policies and coaching the next generation of scholar activists in injury control and public health.