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Dr Megan Cornere - Respiratory Physician

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Description

Dr Megan Cornere is currently the clinical director of Respiratory Medicine and a respiratory physician for the Waitemata District Health Board.  She specialised in respiratory medicine in Auckland, gaining an FRACP in 2001.  Dr Cornere subsequently studied at Imperial College, London, for a PhD in Immunology and Infectious Disease.

Dr Cornere is happy to accept referrals pertaining to all aspects of respiratory medicine.  Priority will be given to the rapid investigation of potential lung cancer.

Areas of interest:

  • Chronic cough
  • Bronchiectasis and recurrent infection
  • Asthma
  • COPD
  • Lung cancer
  • Interstitial lung disease

What is respiratory medicine?

Respiratory medicine is the branch of medicine that treats people with diseases affecting the lungs and breathing.

The role of our lungs is to deliver oxygen into our bloodstream and remove carbon dioxide.  When you breathe in, air passes through the throat into the windpipe (trachea). The base of the windpipe divides into the right and left tubes (bronchi) which divide again and again each time getting smaller and smaller until the smallest airways called the alveoli are reached. The alveoli act like balloons i.e. when you breathe in they inflate and when you breathe out they relax.

Oxygen moves across the walls of the alveoli and enters the bloodstream and is carried to the rest of the body after passing through the heart. Carbon dioxide is passed from the blood into the alveoli and is breathed out of the lungs.

Common Respiratory Symptoms

  • Breathlessness
  • Cough
  • Sputum (phlegm) production
  • Coughing blood
  • Chest pain
  • Wheeze
 

Consultants

Referral Expectations

If you have any concerns about your lungs or breathing or complain of any of the above symptoms then you may require a specialist opinion.  Your diagnosis and management plan will be discussed with you and a comprehensive letter will be sent to your GP and yourself if you so request.

Please be sure to bring to your appointment:

  1. Letters or reports from your doctor or hospital
  2. X-rays, CT(computer tomography) or MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) films and reports.  Old X-rays can be very helpful
  3. All medication you are currently taking.  Please include any natural or herbal remedies
  4. If English is not your first language please bring someone who can speak on your behalf.

Common Conditions / Procedures / Treatments

  • Asthma


    Asthma symptoms include coughing, wheezing, a tight feeling in the chest and difficulty in breathing.… More

  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)


    This term is used to describe lung disease where the breathing tubes become blocked and the surrounding tissue and air sacs inside the lungs become damaged.… More

  • Lung Cancer


    This is when abnormal "malignant" cells divide and grow in an uncontrolled fashion in the lung tissue.… More

  • Adult Bronchiectasis

    Bronchiectasis comes from the Greek words Bronckos (airway) and ektasis (widening).… More

  • Chronic Cough

    Chronic cough is a common and distressing symptom which is defined as a cough lasting more than 8 weeks.  It is surprisingly common.… More

  • Chest X-ray

    A chest X-ray (CXR) is often the first test performed to investigate a chronic cough, breathlessness or chest pain.  A CXR can visualise the chest wall lungs and heart.  If you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant you should advise your doctor before an XR is undertaken. More

  • Computer Tomography (CT) Scan


    With CT you can see much more detail than with a normal X-ray.… More

  • Fine Needle Aspiration (FNA)

    Following your CT scan sometimes a test known as an FNA is required.  Whilst taking pictures with the CT scanner a small needle is inserted into your chest and cells sucked up into the needle.  This is then sent to the lab to look for cancer cells.… More

  • Bronchoscopy

    During this test a thin fibre optic tube is inserted into your breathing tubes, through the nose, to view the tubes and take a biopsy (remove cells or tissue) to see if there are cancer cells present.… More

  • Lung Function Tests

    You may be required to undergo lung function tests to find out how much air moves in and out of the lungs as you breathe.… More

  • Expired Nitrous Oxide

    This is a test performed on your breath whilst breathing out,  If these levels are high (>30ppb) this may mean that you have asthma.  If these levels are elevated whilst you are taking inhaled steroids this may suggest that control of your asthma is not optimal. More

  • Induced Sputums

    This is a method of extracting cells from your breathing tract.… More

  • Arterial Blood Gas (ABG)

    This is similar to a blood test but instead of a needle going into a vein it is inserted briefly into a small artery in your wrist.  A small amount of blood is taken and sent to the laboratory for information about the oxygenation of your blood and other gases.… More

Charges

An initial consultation fee applies and costs for any surgery or treatments will be discussed with you in your consultation.

I welcome enquiries from patients with medical insurance, as well as ACC eligible and WINZ approved.  

Public Transport

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Parking

Free off-street patient parking is provided to the rear and side of the Medplus clinic.

Other

PUBLICATIONS

  • Chronic cough : A respiratory viewpoint. MM Cornere. Otolaryngology Dec 2013

  • OX40 Ligand fusion protein delivered simultaneously with the BCG vaccine provides superior protection against murine mycobacterium TB infection.  RJ Snelgrove, MM Cornere, L Edwards, DB Young, G Stewart, T Hussell.  J Infect Dis  7 Feb 2012

  • Prevalence of asthma and atopy in sarcoidosis.  Wilsher M, Hopkins R, Zeng T, Cornere M, Douglas R.  Respirology 22 Sept 2011

  • TGF-Beta prevents eosinophilic lung disease but impairs pathogen clearance.  Williams AE, Humphreys IR, Cornere MM, Edwards L, Rae A, Hussell T.  Microbes Infect 2005  March; 7(3): 365-74

  • TGF-B prevents T cell mediated eosinophilic lung responses in the lung but not virus induced immunopathology.  I Humphreys, A Williams, M Cornere, A Rae, T Hussell.  Immunology 2002

  • B Lymphocyte function in patients with bronchiectasis determined by in vivo response to tetanus and pneumococcal vaccines.  MM Cornere, J Kolbe, AU Wells , W Fergusson, R Douglas.  JACI Oct 2001

  • Characteristics of patients with lung cancer under the age of 45:  A case control study.  MM Cornere, W Fergusson, J Kolbe, TI Christmas.   Respirology 2001

  • Prevalence of atopy in sarcoidosis.  MM Cornere, R Hopkins, ML Wilsher.  Aust NZ J Med 2000

  • Mycobacterium xenopi lung infection.  CGS Wong, AC Harrison,  MM Cornere,  AJ Morris.   Aust NZ J Med Dec 1999 (112): 476

  • Lung cancer in patients under the age of 45 years.  MM Cornere, TI Christmas, AM J Critical Care Med. 1999; 159, abstract.

  • ACE Inhibitor related angiodema – short review. M Cornere  Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy.  Newsletter Issue 23 June/July 1999

  • A practical guide to the administration of immunotherapy.  M Cornere, R Douglas, P Fitzharris.  New Ethicals Sept 1999; 62-72

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MEDPLUS

North Auckland

Medplus
327 Lake Road
Hauraki
North Shore
Auckland

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327 Lake Road
Hauraki
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This page was last updated at 10:08AM on June 6, 2019. This information is reviewed and edited by Dr Megan Cornere - Respiratory Physician.