Dr John Ferguson Bio

Having recently completed 10 years in public and private practice here in New Zealand, it seemed like an appropriate time to update my website. I have now been practicing in public and private practice since 2006. In this time, we have introduced the direct lateral approach to the lumbar spine to Australasia. We have also pioneered the use of the MAGEC magnetically lengthening growing rod for the treatment of early onset scoliosis and more recently have performed the first anterior thoracoscopic tethers for idiopathic scoliosis in Australasia. It has been my goal since commencing as a consultant in New Zealand to provide New Zealanders with gold standard care at a level that would be considered excellent anywhere in the world. To this end, I have retained and built on the contacts I met during my fellowship in the United States and have been actively involved in research at an international and national level. I sit on a number of committees with the Scoliosis Research Society and on the programme committee for the ICEOS scoliosis subgroup. My results are regularly submitted to national and international bodies and compared with peers to ensure the outcomes are of the highest possible order.

I continue to be involved in ongoing research and product development with a number of medical device companies in the hope that we can continue to improve the care given to patients with spinal disorders globally.

Prior to this, I was fortunate enough to undergo fellowship training under the tutelage of some of the leading lights in spinal surgery, such as Lawrence G Lenke, Thomas G Lowe, John T Smith, Oheneba Boachie-Adjei, and James W Ogilvie. Prior to this, I completed an orthopaedic residency in New Zealand under the control of the New Zealand Orthopaedic Associated and medical degree at Auckland University Medical School. Outside of spinal surgery, my interests include my young family and outdoor sports, particularly skiing, surfing and boating.

With kind regards
Yours sincerely

John Ferguson
Spinal Surgeon

Medical School

Auckland University Medical School


MBChB Auckland 1995

Post Graduate

FRACS (Ortho) 2004
ECFMG (American exams to allow foreign doctor to practice 2004)

Fellowship Training

Oheneba Boachie-Adjei Hospital for special surgery New York
John Smith University of Utah Salt Lake City
Thomas G Lowe Woodridge Spine Centre Denver
Lawrence G Lenke Washington University ST Louis


New Zealand Medical Council
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons


Spinal Surgery, Adult and Paediatric

Professional Memberships

Scoliosis Research Society
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons AAOS
AO Spine International
Spinal deformity Study Group
Spinal Arthroplasty Society
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

Current Appointments (Public Hospital)

Spinal Surgeon
Starship Children’s Hospital Auckland

Private Hospital Visiting Rights

Mercy Ascot
Southern Cross Group

His particular interests are

Spinal Deformity (Scoliosis, Kyphosis Spondylolisthesis)
Non- Fusion techniques for treating spinal disorders
Non-Operative treatment of spinal disorders
Minimally invasive spine surgery
Lumbar disc surgery

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