Dr Marianne Empson is an adult physician with specialist training in clinical immunology / allergy and immunopathology. She graduated from Auckland Medical School in 1986 and completed her specialist training in 1995 at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney. Following this she worked as a staff specialist at Westmead Hospital in Sydney. During that time she completed a Masters of Medicine in Clinical Epidemiology at Sydney University.
In 2000 Marianne returned to NZ to work at Auckland City Hospital where she remained until recently. As Clinical Director for most of the 11 years she had a major role in developing the adult clinical immunology service. Marianne has worked at Diagnostic Medlab since 2000 and continues there today; she is also a locum immunopathologist at Waikato hospital.
Marianne has been highly influential in immunology in New Zealand; she was the inaugural chairperson of the NZ clinical immunology and allergy group, she has represented NZ clinical immunologists and allergists on the Australasian special society (ASCIA) council and for ten years was the chairperson for training in clinical immunology in NZ. She is a member of the Asia Pacific immunoglobulin in immunology expert group. Marianne held a part-time appointment with the Auckland Medical School for a number of years where she coordinated the laboratory medicine course and was responsible for giving medical students exposure to paediatric and adult immunology clinics. She continues to have an honorary senior lecturer position there.
Marianne has been involved in research projects and has written a number of papers. She is a subspecialty editor on two Australasian medical journals.
She has expertise in the diagnosis and management of adults with allergic conditions, recurrent infections and immunodeficiency, inflammatory conditions involving different organs, especially eyes, autoimmune conditions and vasculitis, and pharmacological immunosuppression. She is also adept at helping sort out unusual or unexpected laboratory results.
Marianne welcomes the referral of anyone 14 years and over and looks forward to working with you.