Dr Christopher McGrath

PhD(Otago), MSc(Otago), PGDipBiomechanics(Strathclyde), PGDipOccupational Health Practice(Otago), DO, ND (BCOM, Lon)

academic clinician - consulting musculoskeletal healthcare practice - a short bio

Overseas Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine England, Member of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Clinical Anatomists, and Member of the New Zealand Natural Medicine Association, Dr McGrath is well published in research and professional journals, see publications and may be found on ResearchGate.

Dr McGrath was long serving member of the New Zealand ACC Expert Panel that developed the New Zealand Acute Low Back Pain Management Guidelines, and he brings a sound understanding of acute and chronic back pain together with best practice in the musculoskeletal domain and consults in musculoskeletal healthcare.

As of Feb 2024, his research items attracted over 14,217 reads on the academic platform ResearchGate with 251 identified citations and a 'Research Interest Score' higher than 74% of ResearchGate members, 79% Allied Health Science researchers, 76% Anatomy researchers, 67% researchers in Human Biology, and h score of 8. He has been a longstanding member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine (Int J Osteopath Med), The Journal of Health Design, and The International Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine and formerly, he was a senior editor for the Australasian Medical Journal.

Dr McGrath has been active in part-time university lecturing for 20 years. He was a part-time university lecturer at the University of Otago for 15 years, receiving an Excellence in Teaching award in 2020 from the School of Physiotherapy, University of Otago for his contribution to the teaching of clinical and functional anatomy into the postgraduate physiotherapy programme. Dr McGrath also acts as a Sentinel Reader for the Health Information Research Unit, Clinical Relevance Online Rating System of McMaster University in Canada, an established global centre of evidence-based medicine. He formerly held an Honorary Visiting Fellowship in Osteopathic Medicine at Victoria University.

His anatomical research, published osteopathic commentary and a range of other scientific and editorial articles have been published and cited around the World, from Spain to Japan and Korea, Canada to Eastern Europe, from the UK to Scandinavia, in a wide range of journals and book chapters: medical, rheumatological, surgical, neurosurgical, anaesthetic, physical therapy, orthopaedic surgery, forensic and humanitarian nursing, medical science, osteopathic medicine, neuroscience, and medical science.

With a doctoral (PhD) and master (MSc) degrees (Anatomy) from the Otago University School of Medical Sciences in addition to postgraduate diplomas in Occupational Health Practice (Otago) and in Biomechanics (Bioengineering Unit, Strathclyde University, Glasgow), Dr McGrath is both experienced and credentialed. His initial undergraduate qualification was a diploma in osteopathy (DO) and diploma in naturopathy (ND) from the well known and recognised British College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCNO Group), London, in 1984 and for many years he practiced and lectured in the osteopathic field. He has since relinquished osteopathic practice and consults in musculoskeletal healthcare.