Dr Ben Lawrence

Dr Ben Lawrence – New Zealand MBChB MSc FRACP Clinical Senior Research Fellow, University of Auckland and Medical Oncology Consultant, Auckland District Health Board, Auckland, New Zealand


Ben graduated from the University of Otago with a BSc with first class honours and an MSc with Distinction. He then completed his medical degree at the University of Auckland in 2003, and registered as a specialist in 2011.

He has been recognised with several prizes and scholarships. In 2008 he was awarded the Gavin and Ann Kellaway Medical Research Fellowship to support his time as a Drug Development Scholar at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) in Scottsdale Arizona, USA. In 2009 he was awarded the Murray Jackson Clinical Fellowship and completed his two-year Research Fellowship at Yale University in Connecticut, USA.

Ben returned to Auckland in 2012 to work as both a Medical Oncologist at Auckland Hospital and as a Senior Clinical Research Fellow at the University of Auckland.

Ben works with other researchers on a number of projects, including leading a nationwide translational project involving tumour collection that involves collaboration with specialists across the country With a team of talented researchers at the University of Auckland, he also undertakes multi-level genomic profiling of Neuroendocrine Tumours using cutting-edge gene sequencing technologies. The research finds the unique combination of abnormal genes that drive each person’s cancer, and then will choose a treatment strategy that matches the exact changes.

Ben works closely with a large team of surgeons, radiologists and pathologists to choose the best treatment strategy for each patient, with the best combination of treatments that each speciality can offer.