On Tuesday 21 July, 2015 CM Health and the New Zealand orthopaedic community tragically lost an esteemed colleague and great friend, Geoff Coldham. Geoff spent the last 25 years at Middlemore, 15 of those as a very dedicated surgeon, developing highly specialised skills in spinal surgery and showing a deep passion for this specialty area. Geoff’s commitment and presence at Middlemore began as far back as the early 1990’s as a House Officer and then a Registrar, commencing as an Orthopaedic Consultant in 1999.
Geoff was a highly respected and skilled surgeon, delivering care with the utmost professionalism, knowledge and integrity with a drive for excellence in care. As a strong advocate for best clinical practice for spinal patients and as a key member of the Middlemore Hospital spinal service he played a major role in CM Health becoming one of only two Regional Spinal Cord Impairment services in New Zealand.
With exceptional leadership qualities Geoff developed a very high-profile career over many years as the Secretary of the NZ National Spine Society, developing a reputation as a man with superb organisational skills and one of the best for putting together teaching, conferences, meetings and events. He is recognised internationally as a skilled and experienced surgeon in complex spinal surgery and has bridged the world’s geographical distances, successfully bringing the international spinal community closer. He was responsible for creating the inaugural joint meeting of the NZ, Australian and Canadian spine societies.
Geoff’s life was entwined throughout the lives of the orthopaedic department as a much-loved and cherished friend and mate, sharing many a round of golf and regular tennis matches on Thursday nights. Geoff was an extremely competitive fishing buddy sharing many great times on the water and tales of the sea.
He was a very much-loved husband of Diana and special dad of son Hunter and daughter Madison with an enormous drive and commitment to their many interests and achievements throughout their lives.
Geoff was loved by all and will forever be a part of Middlemore history and memories.