Prof. Phillip Patemore

Otago University Medical School in Christchurch

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

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.

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