Dr Richard Pole is married with a school age daughter, and an increasingly old and grumpy Mastiff cross previously rescued from the Whangarei SPCA. Richard himself was previously rescued from Timaru, South Canterbury. He attended Otago Medical School and then worked as a House Officer at Nelson Hospital for 3 years. He subsequently took up a Fulbright Scholarship attending Harvard Business School in Boston, USA. Graduating MBA in 2008, Richard moved to New York City to work in healthcare management at a large nonprofit healthcare provider.
At this stage Richard left America and worked for a year as a doctor in a remote clinic in southwestern Ethiopia. He then returned to New Zealand with his wife Rahat, settling in Auckland to undertake specialist training in Obstetrics & Gynaecology. Richard now focuses exclusively on obstetrics, and has undertaken substantial additional training in Maternal Fetal Medicine, including spending 2019 working at the Maternal Fetal Medicine Unit at Mater Mothers in Brisbane, Australia.
Richard combines private obstetric practice with his role as a Maternal Fetal Medicine specialist at Auckland City Hospital, National Women's Health.