American neurosurgeon Deepa Soni has returned to Dunedin
Hospital as a locum while one of the permanent neurosurgeons
gains vocational registration in Christchurch.
The Otago Daily Times reported last year Dr Soni, who
has had two previous stints as a locum neurosurgeon in
Dunedin, named her daughter Soleil Dunedin Desai reflecting
the family's fond memories of the city.
The family returned to Boston last September. South Island
neurosurgical service implementation manager Joy Farley said
Dr Soni, who arrived last month, would stay until May.
Neurosurgeon Ahmad Taha would be in Christchurch for three
months to gain registration. Dr Soni would stay for about a
month after his return, which would be useful to cover staff
leave, she said.
Dr Soni slotted back into the department very easily, Ms
The arrival of Dirk De Ridder this month brings the
department to full staffing with three permanent