A leader in teaching and research in gastroenterology, and one of the most highly cited clinical scientists in his field, has been appointed the new Pro Vice-Chancellor, Faculty of Health, at the University of Newcastle.
Professor Nick Talley will join the University from the esteemed Mayo Clinic, USA, where he holds the positions of Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine, Professor of Medicine and Professor of Epidemiology at the Mayo's Florida operation.
Vice-Chancellor, Professor Nicholas Saunders, said Professor Talley's high standing in the international research community was matched by his reputation for excellence in teaching.
"At the Mayo Clinic and in Australian hospitals Professor Talley has led innovative clinical training for staff and students. He has a proven record of building interdisciplinary teams and providing leadership in demanding environments.
"His track record in research is stellar. He has published more than 400 original articles in leading international journals and is one of the most highly cited clinical scientists in his field in the world.
"Professor Talley has made major advances in his field over many years, and he and his team recently discovered genes that contribute to irritable bowel syndrome - the symptoms of which affect up to one in five Australians.
"I am delighted Professor Talley is joining the University. As Pro Vice-Chancellor he will be invaluable in further strengthening Newcastle's enviable reputation as a leader in the education of health professionals and health research."
Prior to his current roles at the Mayo Clinic, Professor Talley held a number of leading positions, including Professor of Medicine at the University of Sydney and founding Head of the Division of Medicine at the Nepean Hospital.
He co-authors Clinical examination: a systematic guide to physical diagnosis, soon to be in its sixth edition, the recommended textbook for teaching clinical skills in almost every medical school in Australia and widely distributed throughout the world.
His other textbooks include Examination medicine: a guide to physician training, which is included in the libraries of most physician trainees in Australia and New Zealand.
Professor Talley holds a Bachelor of Medicine and a Bachelor of Surgery (Honours) from the University of New South Wales. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Sydney and a Doctor of Medicine from the University of New South Wales. In 2004, he gained a Master of Medical Science (Clinical Epidemiology) from the University of Newcastle.
Professor Talley will take up his new position in the first half of 2010.