Dr Stephen Kara

Sports Doctor

MBChB , FRNZCGP, Dip Sports Med, Dip Obs, MPhil (Hons)

 
 

Stephen is a Sports Doctor recently commencing work with Axis Sports Medicine Specialists in our dedicated sports concussion clinic. He has a background in general practice and completed his Diploma in Sports Medicine in 1998. For the past 15 years he has worked in rugby medicine with provincial teams, national teams and Super rugby side The Blues. His interest in concussion was generated from his time involved in contact sports, and has led to an education role with NZ rugby for community based rugby and referees.

Stephen is the current team doctor for The Blues Super rugby side, a position he has held since 2008. His previous appointments include Counties-Manukau, Auckland, NZ Under 19 and Maori All Black rugby teams. He has been tournament medical officer for Rugby World Cup 2011 and is an educator for World Rugby in Pitchside Immediate Care.

Outside of medicine Stephen enjoys the feel of hitting the perfect golf shot, rarely achieved but always imagined, and the feel of a fish on the end of a line. He has become a supporter of the performing arts thanks to his three children involved in dance.

 
 

Team Involvement and Achievements:

 

Current:

  • Team Doctor Blues Super rugby team

Previous:

  • Team Doctor Auckland ITM Cup Rugby  2004 -  2007 / 2012- 2015
  • Team Doctor Counties-Manukau ITM Cup Rugby  2002 – 2003
  • Team Doctor NZ Maori All Black Rugby 2011 – 2012
  • Team Doctor NZ Under 19 Rugby  2004 – 2007
  • Medical Officer NZ Men’s Hockey 1995 - 1998

 

 

Other team members:

 

Dr Mark Fulcher

Sport and Exercise Physician

Dr Chris Hanna

Sport and Exercise Physician

Dr James McGarvey

Sport and Exercise Physician

Dr Dan Exeter

Sport and Exercise Physician

Dr Tony Edwards

Sport and Exercise Physician

Mr Simon Young

Orthopaedic Surgeon

Dr Graham Paterson

Sport and Exercise Physician

Dr Brendan O'Neill

Sport and Exercise Physician

Dr Craig Panther

Sport and Exercise Physician

Dr Sarah Beable

Sport and Exercise Medicine Physician

Dr Julie Shamlaye

Sport and Exercise Medicine Registrar

Dr Simon Baker

Sport and Exercise Medicine Registrar

Dr Caroline Stuart

Sport and Exercise Medicine Registrar

Dr Noah Whitehead

Sport and Exercise Medicine Registrar