Hillsborough Medical Centre
165 Hillsborough Road
Auckland 1042

Our Doctors


Dr John Russell
Dr John Russell

I have worked in General Practice in Hillsborough since 1987. I enjoy the variety of General Practice and the close interaction with my patients and staff.

I have further training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and spent 10 years delivering babies, many of whom are still patients. I have further training in minor surgery and also offer vasectomy and infant circumcision. I lead the GP College quality programme Cornerstone, for our clinic.

Outside of work, I enjoy road cycling, gardening and catching the occasional trout. I am married to Judith and have 3 adult children.

Dr Ivan Connell
Dr Ivan Connell

I grew up in Hillsborough and was a patient at the Hillsborough Medical Centre before studying medicine at the University of Otago in Dunedin and Wellington. Since my graduation I worked at Dunedin Hospital, then in London and Paris. I started as a GP at the Hillsborough Medical Centre in 1985.

I practiced obstetrics until 2004, delivering more than 1000 babies. My General Practice includes performing surgical procedures including infant circumcision, in our fully equipped operating theatre. In addition to General Practice, I work as a Vein Specialist and have a Varicose Vein Clinic at the Ascot Hospital.

I am married to Margaret and have a daughter. When not at work I enjoy golf, cooking, music and languages.

Dr Robyn Chandler


I grew up in Auckland and have known Dr Ivan Connell for many years. After graduating from the University of Auckland in 2003, I worked at Hawke's Bay Hospital and completed my Diploma in Child Health. I then had an exciting three years overseas, working in the UK and Central Australia in Emergency Medicine and Anaesthesia, and with the Flying Doctor Service.
On returning to NZ, I completed my Certificate in Women's Health and my General Practice and Rural Hospital Fellowships, working in Central Otago, Thames and Northland, and then as a GP in Drury for six years.
I'm excited to be joining the team at Hillsborough. I enjoy all aspects of General Practice, particularly developing long term relationships with patients and families.
I am married to Bjoern and we have three young children. Outside of work, I enjoy family time exploring our vibrant city and further afield, tramping and camping.


Dr Sylvia Macann
Arzt Dip.Obst. FRNZCGP

I am originally from Munich, Germany and graduated there in 1984. After working in a variety of hospitals I immigrated to NZ at the end of 1986 to take up work at Palmerston North Hospital. In those subsequent 3 years I worked in medical and surgical positons and gained my Dip Obst. as well. The next few years were spent in Hamilton where I started working as a GP as well as in the hospital. I gained my Fellowship of the RNZCGP in 1998 and have been with the Hillsborough Medical Centre part time since 2007. General Practice for me is advocating a healthy lifestyle and on weekends I enjoy our lifestyle block and during my holidays travelling and walking. I am married to Andrew Macann a radiation oncologist and we have one adult son.

Dr Andrew Wearn.

I completed my undergraduate and GP training at Birmingham in the UK. I then worked half-time as a GP in Handsworth and half-time as a clinical academic at Birmingham University. In 2001 we moved to NZ, where I took up a position at the University of Auckland. I am involved in a range of teaching activities, research projects, and leadership roles, particularly with the Medical Programme Directorate that oversees the medical degree (MBChB).

Since 2013 I have worked one session a week at Hillsborough Medical Centre. I appreciate the grounding that this gives to my academic activities, and enjoy the variety of clinical work. I am married, live on the North Shore and have two sons. We love the landscape and wildlife of NZ and there is nothing better than a summer’s day at an east coast beach.