Department of Surgery

Dr Michael Fehlings wins the 2019 Ryman Prize presented by Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand

Oct 4, 2019

Congratulions to Dr Michael Fehlings on winning  the 2019 Ryman Prize in recognition of his long career dedicated to helping older people suffering from debilitating spinal problems.


Dr Fehlings was presented with the prize by the Right Honourable Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand, at a special ceremony in Auckland on October 4th, 2019. The Ryman Prize is an annual $250,000 international award for the best work carried out anywhere in the world that has enhanced quality of life for older people. It is the world’s richest prize of its type and was established to create the equivalent of a Nobel Prize for people working in the field of the health of older people. 

From a strong feild of contenders, the jury singled Dr Fehlings out for his pioneering work for older people suffering from Degenerative Cervical Myelopathy (DCM), a degenerative neck compression problem which is the most common form of injury to the spinal cord. Faculty of Medicine Press release HERE, More about the award HERE 

Dr Michael Fehlings with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Receving the Ryman Prize