Mr. Peter E. Laws


Peter is a specialist Vascular and Endovascular Surgeon. He was born in Hertfordshire in the UK, raised on the Yorkshire Moors and educated at Whitby School; training grounds for Captain Cook and birth place to the Endeavour. He graduated as Bachelor of Medicine (MB) and Bachelor of Surgery (ChB) from The University of Sheffield School of Medicine in 1989. After completing a years’ internship and a further year as Senior House Officer in Accident and Emergency and Orthopaedic Surgery, he left for America completing two years at sea as the Ship’s Surgeon, Head of Department and Senior Medical Officer. Having gained invaluable experience, he continued his surgical training in Sheffield and later in the West Midlands before becoming a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland (FRCSI) in 1996. Having developed an early interest in Vascular Surgery, Peter worked as a registrar in General and Vascular Surgery throughout the West Midlands before travelling to Australia to complete to 2 years of surgical research into ischaemia reperfusion injury at the Queens Elizabeth Hospital in Adelaide, under the guidance and supervision of Professor Robert Fitridge. This was followed by a further year as a Vascular fellow, also at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital before returning to the UK to continue his training. He achieved the UK intercollegiate Surgical Fellowship exam in 2004. Soon after, he became a Consultant Vascular Surgeon with commitments at the Worthing and Southlands NHS Trust and Brighton and Sussex University Hospital in the UK with private commitments at Goring Hall Hospital, Clinic Nine in Hove and the Nuffield Hospital in Brighton. Having spent almost six years as a consultant surgeon across East and West Sussex, Peter was fortunate to be offered a place at Christchurch Hospital, Canterbury and District Health Board and later, appointed Clinical Senior Fellow at the University of Otago. Peter has extensive international experience in open and endovascular surgery under local, regional and general anaesthesia with a specific interest in Endo-venous surgery and the VNUS Closure procedure.

Peter is fortunate to have an amazing wife who manages to double as a General Practitioner (in her spare time!) and is mother to his three beautiful children. Shea, Maya and Tehya. They have embraced Christchurch as a family and its people and consider themselves privileged to work with and be part of the local community.