We have a team of specialists around New Zealand

  • Dr Andrew Murray

    Group Medical Director

    MBChB (Otago) DipObsMedGyn (Auckland) FRANZCOG CREI MBA (Victoria)

    A leader in the field of fertility, Andrew is known for his extensive fertility knowledge and caring approach.

    Andrew has a special interest in the role of surgery in fertility treatment including advanced laparoscopy and operative hysteroscopy.  He is also trained in tubal microsurgery and performs reversal of sterilizations and vasectomies.  Andrew also has a keen interest in fertility preservation.

    Andrew has a strong commitment to bringing world leading technology to his patients and has piloted several initiatives including the introduction of outpatient hysteroscopy, time lapse photography for embryo selection, and pre-implantation genetic screening.  He has also assisted in projects researching the role of endometrial scratching, and the role of acupuncture in fertility medicine.  Improving the patient experience is a particular interest for Andrew, and he is driving several initiatives at Fertility Associates focusing on that.

    He has played an active role in the governance of fertility and gynaecology practice, serving two terms on the RANZCOG NZ Committee, and more recently two terms on the board of the Fertility Society of Australia.  Andrew runs his private practice from our Wellington clinic, where he sees gynaecology and infertility patients.


    Andrew is a regular media spokesperson on all fertility related issues and writes a regular conception/fertility article in Oh Baby magazine.

    He is a Fellow of the Royal Australia and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, having originally trained in New Zealand he completed a two-year fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Monash IVF, Melbourne, Australia. Andrew currently is also a Senior Lecturer at Wellington School of Medicine, University of Otago teaching undergraduate students reproductive medicine. Andrew has recently completed an MBA at Victoria University, including a thesis on Medical Decision Making, graduating with distinction.  In his spare time he enjoys hitting the mountain bike tracks and enjoying time with his family, including 3 sons.



    Clinics: Wellington, Hawkes Bay, Lower Hutt, Fertility Associates Board


  • Dr Simon McDowell

    Medical Director, Wellington


    Caring and experienced, Simon takes pride in every aspect of patient care. He has a passion for trying to find what the problem is, and works with his patients to determine what course of treatment will best suit their needs. His care focuses on preserving a woman’s fertility when gynaecological disorders such as endometriosis and fibroids are impacting.

    Patient communications is a strength of Simon’s, when fertility treatment can appear complex, he takes the time to ensure his patients understand what to expect, every step of the way.

    Simon has a special interest in the laparoscopic management of menstrual disorders, female infertility, and pelvic pain including endometriosis.

    Simon has trained extensively in New Zealand and Australia.  He holds a Certificate in Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility, the highest qualification for Fertility Specialists in Australia and New Zealand.  He has also completed an AGES fellowship in advanced laparoscopic surgery, with a focus on surgical management of endometriosis and infertility.

    Simon sees fertility and gynaecology patients at our Wellington clinic.  He also works Wellington Public Hospital and is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Otago.

    Simon has 2 young children and enjoys the outdoor lifestyle Wellington offers.

    Clinics: Wellington, Gisborne

  • Dr Leigh Searle

    Fertility Specialist


    Leigh enjoys helping people through what can sometimes be a challenging time in their journey to become parents.  She works hard to ensure you are kept informed at every step of the way.

    Leigh is an obstetrician and gynaecologist who has completed further subspecialty training in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, the highest qualification for a fertility specialist.  As part of this training she completed a fellowship at the Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne alongside some of the pioneers of IVF.

    Leigh has an interest in fertility preservation including egg freezing and adolescent gynaecology.  She sees both fertility and gynaecology patients at the Wellington Clinic and she regularly travels to Palmerston North to consult.   She is also a Senior Lecturer at the University of Otago and training supervisor for trainee future obstetricians and gynaecologists at Wellington Hospital.  Leigh enjoys living in Wellington with her family and the ease of spending time outdoors.  She also enjoys travelling and discovering new places and cultures.

    Clinics: Wellington

  • Dr Mark Stegmann

    Fertility Specialist


    Mark is a fertility specialist with extensive clinic experience; he is well regarded and highly respected in his field. Mark's areas of special interest include the investigation and treatment of male factor infertility and the techniques of testicular sperm retrieval. Mark completed his initial medical training in South Africa and his specialist obstetrics and gynaecology training in Cape Town. Mark undertook additional specialist training in Reproductive Medicine at Bristol in the United Kingdom.

    Mark also practices as a specialist obstetrician/gynaecologist in Whanganui.

    Clinics: Palmerston North, Whanganui, Wellington