Simon Mitchell

Simon is a physician with specialist training in anaesthesiology and diving medicine. He is the Head of the Department of Anaesthesiology at the University of Auckland and is widely published in the medical literature with two books and over 110 scientific papers or book chapters (which include chapters in Bennett and Elliott and Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine).

Simon is recognised as a leading international authority on diving and hyperbaric medicine, and recently received the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society’s highest award for scientific contributions to the field.His research interests include the pathophysiology of decompression sickness and respiratory physiology of diving; particularly diving with rebreathers.

Simon is a passionate diver and has been a lead member of teams that were the first to locate, dive and identify three deep shipwrecks of high historical significance in Australia and New Zealand. At the time of one of these dives it was the deepest ever undertaken to a shipwreck.


Speaker Simon Mitchell 2017

Simon was elected to Fellowship of the Explorers’ Club of New York in 2006. He received the OZTeK Industry Recognition Award in 2005, the Eurotek Discovery Award in 2014 and the DAN Rolex Diver of the Year Award in 2015