On Tuesday evening 1 December 2020 at an event held at NZMA House in Wellington, Dr Ruth Spearing was awarded a New Zealand Medical Association Fellowship, by NZMA President Dr Andy Tie.
Ruth, a haematologist, recently retired from her role as Clinical Lead for Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Services at Canterbury District Heath Board.
Ruth has been always been at the heart of advocacy, becoming a massive advocate for women in haematology as the specialty was dominated by males in the late 80s and early 90s, and she set about changing that.
Colleagues have said: “Ruth’s high-profile role in bringing large clinical trials in haematology to New Zealand and advocating for haematology at a national level have brought immeasurable benefits to patients.”
Ruth has been a member of NZMA since 2004, and was elected to the NZMA Board in 2013, becoming Treasurer in 2015, before stepping down in 2019.
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