Dr Massimo Giola


I obtained my medical degree in 1991 at the University of Pavia (Italy) and specialised in Infectious Diseases in 1996 (Italy). In 2008 I completed a PhD programme in Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology 2008 at the University of Varese (Italy) where I studied HIV drugs’ pharmacokinetics.

New Zealand has been home since 2009 and I have worked in Invercargill as a general physician until 2010 and in Tauranga until 2013. After being accepted as a Fellow by the College of Physicians in December 2012 and completing further speciality training in Sexual Health Medicine in Auckland, I now work at the Bay of Plenty District Health Board again as general infectious disease and sexual health physician.

I live in Tauranga with my partner Andrea (yes, confusingly enough, it's a boy's name in Italy). We are committed to each other in a long-term relationship and entered into civil union partnership not long after arriving in New Zealand. We both enjoy cooking Italian food in our spare time, as well as swimming, reading, listening to music, and watching movies.

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