Associate Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Otago Christchurch. View Otago profile HERE

I am a paediatric respiratory and general specialist and Associate Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Otago Christchurch.That means I spend part of my time looking after children with acute and chronic respiratory illnesses, like asthma, cystic fibrosis, bronchiectasis etc, and part of my time in teaching (t5th and 6th year medical students) and research. My research interests are the epidemiology and natural history of asthma, the effects of tobacco smoke exposure on children, and the diagnosis and management of children with cystic fibrosis. I have been an advocate and lobbyist for tobacco control and smokefree issues on behalf of the Paediatric Society of New Zealand, and of Doctors for Healthy Trade.

Fronteers In’ Loop website – view HERE

Video: ‘TPPA – No Way!’ Associate Professor Philip Pattemore talks about the risks the TPPA could pose to any attempts to limit the damage smoking does to New Zealander’s health. View HERE

TV News article: NZ1 News: Shocking impact of passive smoking on young children highlighted in New Zealand study, 10 May 2018. View HERE.
The study, by the University of Otago Christchurch analysed hair samples of hundreds of young children. The data collected eliminated the reliance on parents accurately reporting how much they smoke on a daily basis. What they found, was irrefutable evidence that passive smoking had a huge impact on some of the 500, 15-month-old children in the study group.
Lead researcher and paediatrician Dr Philip Pattemore says: “The families who smoked, the nicotine levels in the children’s hair it was significantly higher, some of them up as high as adults who smoked”.
Dr Pattemore says: “I think a lot of parents if they understood what was happening to their children as a result of the smoke wouldn’t want a bar of it. I certainly hope that would be the case”.

Publications – showing range of interests:
Pattemore P. Am I My Keeper’s Brother? Human Origins from a Christian and Scientific Perspective. 1st ed. Christchurch, New Zealand: Philip Pattemore; 2011. 416 p.
This is a colour-illustrated book, fully referenced. It is intended for students and other Christians interested in understanding some of the evidence for a developmental (evolutionary) origin of humans, and how that relates to Christian doctrine and belief, particularly in relation to Adam and Eve, and the nature of the Soul. The book is self-published and I can be emailed at for paper copies. A revised version of the book is available on Amazon Kindle.

Pattemore PK, Asher MI, Harrison AC, Mitchell EA, Rea HH, Stewart AW. “The interrelationship among bronchial hyperresponsiveness, the diagnosis of asthma, and asthma symptoms.” Am Rev Respir Dis. 1990;142(3):549-54. Epub 1990/09/01.
Johnston SL, Pattemore PK, Sanderson G, Smith S, Lampe F, Josephs L, et al. “Community study of role of viral infections in exacerbations of asthma in 9-11 year old children.” BMJ. 1995;310(6989):1225-9. Epub 1995/05/13.
Pattemore PK, Ellison-Loschmann L, Asher MI, Barry DM, Clayton TO, Crane J, et al. “Asthma prevalence in European, Maori, and Pacific children in New Zealand: ISAAC study.” Pediatr Pulmonol. 2004;37(5):433-42. Epub 2004/04/20.
Pattemore PK. “Persistent cough in children.” New Zealand Family Practitioner. 2007;34(6):432-6.
Scott-Thomas AJ, Syhre M, Pattemore PK, Epton M, Laing R, Pearson J, et al. “2-Aminoacetophenone as a potential breath biomarker for Pseudomonas aeruginosa in the cystic fibrosis lung.” BMC Pulm Med. 2010;10:56. Epub 2010/11/09.
Silvers KM, Frampton CM, Wickens K, Pattemore PK, Ingham T, Fishwick D, et al. “Breastfeeding protects against current asthma up to 6 years of age”. J Pediatr. 2012;160(6):991-6 e1.
Pattemore PK. “Tobacco or healthy children: the two cannot co-exist.” Front Pediatr. 2013;1:20.
Kettle A, Albrett A, Forbes L, Parker H, Turner R, Pattemore P, et al. “Bacterial Killing and Oxidant Production by Neutrophils from Patients with Cystic Fibrosis.” Free Radical Biology and Medicine. 2014;76:S163-S.
Pattemore PK, Silvers KM, Frampton CM, Wickens K, Ingham T, Fishwick D, et al. “Hair nicotine at 15 months old, tobacco exposure and wheeze or asthma from 15 months to 6 years old.” Pediatr Pulmonol. 2018;53(4):443-51. Epub 2017/12/07. Pattemore PK, Liberty KA & Reid J. “Changes in asthma severity in the first year of school and difficulty learning to read.” J Asthma 2019; doi: 10.1080/02770903.2019.1609982 : 1-11.
Dickerhof N, Isles V, Pattemore P, Hampton MB & Kettle AJ. “Exposure of Pseudomonas aeruginosa to bactericidal hypochlorous acid during neutrophil phagocytosis is compromised in cystic fibrosis.” J Biol Chem 2019; 294: 13502-13514.

Science and faith see this world and its Creator from different vantage points, and it is important that they inform each other. I wrote my book out of concern for the loss of faith among many young people who go to university assuming that their very concrete view of creation can be argued against scientific evidence, and finding quite the opposite. To my mind, the evidence for a massive, very old earth, makes God’s work far more awesome than a “toy” universe 10,000 years old. In this context it is truly remarkable to contemplate the place of an apparently tiny mammal that can seek to make sense of the whole universe, of its origins, of itself, and to be able to conceive of a creative Being who is beyond understanding. There is indeed grandeur in this view of life, as Darwin said, and a breathtaking awe, as the writer of Psalm 8 noted.
Besides the area of origins and natural science, there are many other fruitful areas of engagement of science and faith – ethics, caring for a polluted world, and effective ways of caring for the poor, to name a few

Philip Pattemore, Christchurch
Ph: 027 5027510