Dr Iwona Stolarek joined the Health Quality and Safety Commission in January 2015 as their Medical Director. She was previously the Chief Medical Officer at Hutt Valley District Health Board.
Iwona worked as a specialist general physician and geriatrician in Scotland, before coming to New Zealand in 1999.
Because of her strong interest in medical education, she became Intern Supervisor and helped set up a skills laboratory for doctor training which won a Health Innovation award. An interest in serviceimprovement led to the establishment of nurse-led clinics, also recognised by the Health Innovation awards. Ongoing interests in clinical governance and systems improvement led to the Chief Medical Officer role, Fellowship of RACMA, and subsequently to her new role at the Health Quality & Safety Commission in New Zealand.