Des Gorman (Ngati Kuri and Ngapuhi) is a Professor of Medicine in the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences at the University of Auckland. From 2005 to 2010, he was the Head of the University’s School of Medicine.
He has a BSc, MBChB and MD degrees from the University of Auckland, as well as a PhD from
the University of Sydney. The two doctorates were awarded for in-vivo brain injury research. Professor Gorman’s non-clinical interests include health system design and funding, and health
workforce planning and development. He has more than 300 publications.
He is the Chairman of the Orangi Mahi Governance Group (the Ministry of Social Development’s
health initiatives) and a member of the Ministry of Health’s Capital Investment Committee. His past roles include being a Director of the New Zealand Accident Compensation and Rehabilitation Corporation (2012-2018), the Executive Chairman of Health Workforce New Zealand (2009-2019), a member of the National Health Board (2009-2014) and of the Government’s welfare reform group (2009-2010).
Professor Gorman is currently involved in health reforms in a number of different jurisdictions.
During his service in the Royal Australian Navy, he trained as both a submariner and as a diver.