Nicholas J. Talley, MD, PhD

Associate Editor


Nicholas Talley, MD, PhD

Distinguished Laureate Professor Nicholas Talley, MD, is currently Senior Staff Specialist in gastroenterology at John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle, Director of the Centre of Research Excellence in Digestive Health at the University of Newcastle, and Distinguished Laureate Professor at the University of Newcastle, Australia.

He is editor-in-chief of the Medical Journal of Australia, a member of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Council, past president of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, past chair of the Council of Presidents of Medical Colleges, and former treasurer of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.

Dr Talley was a consultant at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, where he reached the rank of Professor of Medicine and Professor of Epidemiology, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, and was chair of the Department of Internal Medicine at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, from 2007-2010.

Dr Talley is currently the editor-in-chief of the Medical Journal of Australia (2015-present). He is a leading medical educator and author of the highly regarded textbooks Clinical Examination and Examination Medicine.

Dr Talley previously held an appointment as pro vice-chancellor of Global Research from 2015-2019 and pro vice-chancellor (and dean) of the faculty of Health and Medicine at the University of Newcastle from 2010-2015 and was seconded to be the deputy vice-chancellor-research (acting) at the University of Newcastle (June 2013 to March 2014).

He has a special interest in neurogastroenterology and is a highly successful original investigator funded in the past by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and currently by NHMRC. His focus has been on research translation, and in recent years the work has concentrated on subtle intestinal inflammation, the microbiome, and unexplained gut symptoms. Dr Talley has published more than 1000 papers in peer-reviewed literature and is considered one of the world's most influential clinician-researchers (H-index of 150, Scopus 2022). He is listed on Google Scholar as Australia's most cited academic with more than 126,800 citations (Google Scholar, 2021), listed among the top 400 most highly cited living biomedical researchers, and the most cited gastroenterology researcher (PlosOne, 2020).

Dr Talley has won several prestigious research awards, including:

  • Distinguished Research Prize from the Gastroenterological Society of Australia (GESA)
  • Masters Award for Research (Janssens Award in Gastroenterology)
  • Research Scientist Award, Functional Brain-Gut Research Group (FBG)
  • American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Distinguished Educator Award
  • Master of the American College of Gastroenterology
  • Newcastle Innovation Excellence in Innovation Award
  • New South Wales (NSW) Excellence in Biological Sciences (Cell and Molecular, Medical and Veterinary, and Genetics)
  • NSW Scientist of the Year (2018)
  • Peter Wills Medal, Research Australia (2018)
  • Mayo Clinic Distinguished Alumni Award (2020)
  • AMA Gold Medal (2021)
  • University of New South Wales Professional Achievement Alumni Award (2021)

He holds adjunct professorial appointments at Mayo Clinic, University of North Carolina, and Karolinska Institute, and is invited to deliver lectures and present his research around the world.

Dr Talley was made a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC), the nations' highest civilian honor, for his contributions to medicine in 2018.

He was named an associate editor for Mayo Clinic Proceedings in 2022.

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