Professor Ian Donald Shepherd Civil



Ian is a graduate of the University of Auckland School of Medicine completing his MBChB in 1976 . His initial surgical training was undertaken in Auckland where he completed his general surgical fellowship in 1983. In the mid-80s he worked in the USA for three years, first as a vascular surgery fellow at the Cleveland Clinic and then as a trauma fellow in the Southern New Jersey Regional Trauma Center in Camden, NJ. After returning to NZ in 1987, Ian took up a combined University of Auckland/Royal NZ Army Medical Corps appointment in which he served for 5 years. In 1990-1 he led the NZ Army Medical Team to the first Gulf War. He has served on a number of international trauma organisations becoming President of the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine (AAAM) in 1999 and President of the International Association for the Surgery of Trauma and Intensive Care (IATSIC) from 2007-2009. Ian is a founding member of the Australasian Trauma Society and served as President from 2011-2013. He was a RACS Councillor from 2003-2012 and from 2010-2012 served as President. He is a member of the Editorial Boards for the World Journal of Surgery and the World Journal of Emergency Surgery, Associate Editor of Traffic Injury Prevention, Senior Editor of the Australian and NZ Journal of Surgery and Deputy Editor of INJURY. In 2012 Ian was appointed Clinical Leader of the Major Trauma National Clinical Network for the Ministry of Health and ACC, and Clinical Leader of the Perioperative Harm Advisory Group for the Health Quality and Safety Commission. Ian is an Associate Professor of Surgery with the University of Auckland and practices as a General and Vascular surgeon at Auckland City Hospital where he is the Director of Trauma Services.



Areas of expertise

Trauma and vascular surgery

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • ten Broek, R. P. G., Krielen, P., Di Saverio, S., Coccolini, F., Biffl, W. L., Ansaloni, L., ... Kelly, M. D. (2018). Bologna guidelines for diagnosis and management of adhesive small bowel obstruction (ASBO): 2017 update of the evidence-based guidelines from the world society of emergency surgery ASBO working group. World Journal of Emergency Surgery, 13 (1).10.1186/s13017-018-0185-2
  • Lilley, R., Kool, B., Davie, G., de Graaf, B., Ameratunga, S. N., Reid, P., ... Branas, C. C. (2018). Preventable injury deaths: identifying opportunities to improve timeliness and reach of emergency healthcare services in New Zealand. Injury prevention : journal of the International Society for Child and Adolescent Injury Prevention, 24 (5), 384-389. 10.1136/injuryprev-2016-042304
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Shanthi Ameratunga, Bridget Kool, Papaarangi Reid
  • Civil, I. D., & Prescott, R. J. (2018). Timing is everything: Do we need more from our databases?. INJURY-INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF THE CARE OF THE INJURED, 49 (9), 1639-1640. 10.1016/j.injury.2018.08.001
  • Civil, I. (2018). Which End of the Telescope Brings Trauma Triage into True Focus?. World journal of surgery, 42 (9), 2813-2814. 10.1007/s00268-018-4641-7
  • Sharpe, S., Kool, B., Whittaker, R., Lee, A. C., Reid, P., Civil, I., ... Ameratunga, S. (2018). Effect of a text message intervention to reduce hazardous drinking among injured patients discharged from a trauma ward: A randomized controlled trial. Digital Medicine10.1038/s41746-018-0019-3
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Papaarangi Reid, Bridget Kool, Arier Lee, Shanthi Ameratunga
  • Civil, I. (2018). Operating room culture affects patient outcomes, and we should operate accordingly. ANZ journal of surgery, 88 (4), 264-265. 10.1111/ans.14390
  • Burstow, M., Civil, I., & Hsee, L. (2018). Trauma in the Elderly: Demographic Trends (1995–2014) in a Major New Zealand Trauma Centre. World Journal of Surgery10.1007/s00268-018-4794-4
  • Isles, S., Christey, G., Civil, I., & Hicks, P. (2017). The New Zealand Major Trauma Registry: the foundation for a data-driven approach in a contemporary trauma system. The New Zealand medical journal, 130 (1463), 19-27.