David Galler is the son of Polish Jewish refugees who ate pork and made yoghurt from sour milk. After attaining his first degree at Victoria University, he worked as a bus driver in Wellington. During his time driving the big reds, he helped women with prams board his bus and made endless polite conversation with the good citizens of Wellington. He also became well known for not charging customers who boarded the bus with freshly ground coffee; ‘Better than any deodorant with a full load of passengers going up the Brooklyn Hill on a wet winter's day,’ he used to say. He was finally let go for refusing to wear socks so decided to become a doctor. David Galler is the clinical lead at Ko Awatea and an Intensive Care Specialist at Middlemore Hospital where he has been in specialist practice for 26 years. During that time he has held a variety of leadership roles within the DHB and in broader society.
David Galler at DWRF 2017