Dr Ray Moynihan is an academic researcher, writer and author, with a background as a respected journalist, based in Australia with a global reputation. Following the awarding of his PhD in 2015, in 2017 Ray won a prestigious National Health and Medical Research Council Early Career Fellowship to investigate the problem of overdiagnosis.
Having reported across print, radio, television and social media, Ray has worked at the ABC TV’s investigative program, Four Corners and the 7:30 Report, ABC Radio’s Background Briefing and The Australian Financial Review.
Since winning a Harkness Fellowship, based at Harvard University in 1999, in addition to his journalism, Ray developed an impressive body of academic work and writing resulting in articles in the Lancet, the New England Journal of Medicine, the Medical Journal of Australia, PLoS Medicine, PLOS ONE, BMJ OPEN, and the British Medical Journal, BMJ. He has also been a conjoint lecturer at the University of Newcastle, in Australia.
Internationally recognized for his work on the business of medicine, Ray is regularly interviewed by media globally, and invited to give presentations at universities, conferences and workshops around the world. He has in recent years published or broadcast material in The Australian, Crikey.com, The Conversation, The Byron Echo, ABC Radio National and The Saturday Paper, where he has contributed a number of articles in recent years.
The winner of awards for his investigative journalism, Ray’s 2005 book Selling Sickness was described in the New York Times as a “compelling case” and has been translated into a dozen languages. His fourth book, Sex, Lies & Pharmaceuticals was released globally in late 2010 and generated widespread interest internationally.
In 2015 Ray completed his PhD on Overdiagnosis at the Centre for Research in Evidence-Based Practice at Bond University in Australia, where he is also an Assistant Professor. Together with colleagues from around the globe he has been a member of the scientific program committee helping to organise the Preventing Overdiagnosis scientific conferences, the latest taking place in Copenhagen, in August, 2018. He is co-chair of the scientific committee organising the 7th Preventing Overdiagnosis conference, happening in Sydney, December 5-7, 2019, and co-sponsored by the WHO.
Ray has most recently hosted a new series of podcasts from Cochrane Australia, called The Recommended Dose, featuring conversations with some of the world’s big thinkers in healthcare.
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