Speakers Profile - Dr Tony Fernando

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Tony is a consultant psychiatrist and a senior lecturer in Psychological Medicine at the University of Auckland. He obtained his medical degree from the University of the Philippines. His internship was at St Luke's Roosevelt Hospital (Columbia University) in New York. His psychiatry residency and sleep fellowship was at the University of Pennsylvania. Tony's research interest is in sleep medicine, medical compassion and physician wellbeing. He has published in local and international journals including the BMJ. He conceptualized and helped develop the CALM website (calm.auckland.ac.nz). He was won more than a dozen teaching awards from medical students and the sustained teaching excellence award faculty of medicine in Auckland. In 2012, he was awarded by President Aquino of the Philippines for his services to sleep medicine and medical education. In 2015, he was awarded the Chair's award by the New Zealand Medical Association, the highest recognition given by the association to any doctor in New Zealand for his work on physician wellbeing. He organizes weekly mindfulness meditation sessions at Auckland Hospital and annual retreats on mindfulness training for medical students and clinicians. More importantly, he plays the cello, is a cheap-eats foodie and despite his fear of the water, has swum across the Auckland Harbour and competes (slowly) in ocean races.