Dr Barry Snow
Clinical neurologist and Parkinson’s disease authority
Medical Director, Adult Health Services, Auckland District Health Board
Member, Neurological Foundation Council
Dr Barry Snow is a leading neurologist specialising in movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease. He is recognised internationally for his expertise in the management of these disorders, and locally, he is a leading authority in patient care, advocacy and research. He established the Auckland Movement Disorders Clinic in 1995 to lead a centralised structure of specialists so patient care and research efforts in New Zealand could be optimised.
Dr Snow was educated at Auckland Medical School and spent his first house surgeon year at Rotorua Hospital. After his FRACP examinations in 1983, he pursued geriatrics training before changing to neurology training at Auckland Hospital. Dr Snow left for Canada in 1988 to undertake his Neurological Foundation V J Chapman Fellowship, and once completed, remained at the Movement Disorders Programme at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver as Associate Professor. During this time, he was engaged in research into movement disorders, and has since published well over 100 papers in this field. His research focus is centred on potential drug therapies for Parkinson’s disease.
Dr Snow returned to New Zealand in 1995 to join the Department of Neurology at Auckland Hospital before advancing to the position of Clinical Director of Neurology in 1999. In 2011 he was promoted to Medical Director, Adult Health Services at the Auckland District Health Board.
Dr Snow has a long-standing association with the Neurological Foundation: he was a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) for 14 years, and committee Chair from 1999 until 2011. Under his leadership, the SAC was responsible for awarding nearly $14 million in New Zealand-centred neurological research and education grants. Dr Snow is now a member of the Foundation’s Council.