Professor Ross A Lawrenson

Ross Lawrenson

Professor of Population Health

Qualifications: MBBS; MD; DRCOG; Dip.Comm Health(Otago);FP Cert; DHMSA; FAFPHM; FFPH;FRCGP

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About Ross

Ross is Professor of Population Health at the University of Waikato and Medical Research & Strategy and Funding, Waikato District Health Board.   He is a Board member of Rural General Practitioner Network and Pharmac.

Ross was originally a General Practitioner in Wairoa before moving to the Waikato where he trained as a public health physician.

From 2005 he worked for the University of Auckland before joining the University of Waikato in 2016.   His research has been on improving health care outcomes through primary care.  He has undertaken research in diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer – publishing more than 150 papers

Recent Publications

  • Whitehead, J., Pearson, A. L., Lawrenson, R., & Atatoa-Carr, P. (2018). Framework for examining the spatial equity and sustainability of general practitioner services. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 26(5), 336-341. doi:10.1111/ajr.12471

  • Elwood, J. M., Tin Tin, S., Kuper-Hommel, M., Lawrenson, R., & Campbell, I. (2018). Obesity and breast cancer outcomes in chemotherapy patients in New Zealand - a population-based cohort study. BMC Cancer, 18(1), 13 pages. doi:10.1186/s12885-017-3971-4 Open Access version:

  • Lawrenson, R. (2018). Improving cancer outcomes through primary care. In Conference for General Practice. Conference held at Aotea Centre, Auckland, New Zealand.

  • Lawrenson, R. (2018). Impact of diabetes on outcomes of women with breast cancer. In New Zealand Society for the Study of Diabetes Annual Meeting.

Find more research publications by Ross Lawrenson



Epidemiology, General Practice, Cancer, diabetes, primary care, public health, medical research, medicine, lung cancer, breast cancer, colorectal cancer, HRC,

Contact Details

Name  Extn.  Username  Room  Department
Lawrenson, Prof Ross 6458 rlawrens K.3.09 National Institute Demographic Economic
Lawrenson, Prof Ross 6458 rlawrens K.3.09 Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor

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