About Paul

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Paul Komesaroff is a physician, researcher and philosopher at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, where he is Professor of Medicine and Executive Director of Global Reconciliation, an international collaboration that promotes communication and dialogue across cultural, racial, religious, political and other kinds of difference.

He is a practising clinician, specialising in the field of endocrinology (the study of hormones). He is also Director of the Centre for Ethics in Medicine and Society, another international collaboration which undertakes educational and research work in relation to all aspects of ethics in relation to medicine, health care and the sciences. He occupies or has occupied many roles in the fields of ethics and society, including: Director of the Clinical Ethics Service at the Alfred Hospital, Chair of the Ethics Advisory Group of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (1995-2013), Chair of the International Health Workforce Society of Australasia, and Deputy Chair of the Asia-Pacific Ethics Consortium.

He is involved in a wide range of teaching, research and action projects in reconciliation and ethics. These span a broad field, including the impact of new technologies on health and society, consent in research, the experience of illness, palliative care and end of life issues, complementary medicines, obesity, and cross-cultural teaching and learning. His international work covers the development of international teaching programs, reconciliation and healing after conflict and social crisis, the nature and impact of foreign aid, capacity building in global health, and evaluation of development and aid programs.

He is the Chair of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Bioethical Inquiry and Ethics Editor of the Internal Medicine Journal. He is the author of more than 425 articles in science, ethics and philosophy, and author or editor of fourteen books, including Riding a crocodile: A physician’s tale (2014), Experiments in love and death: Medicine, postmodernism, microethics and the body (2008), Pathways to reconciliation: Theory and practice (2008), Objectivity, science and society (2nd ed.2009), Troubled bodies: Critical perspectives on postmodernism, medical ethics and the body (1996), Reinterpreting menopause: Cultural and philosophical issues (1998), Drugs in the health marketplace (1994), Expanding the horizons of bioethics (1998) and Sexuality and medicine: Bodies, practices, knowledges (2004).

Paul is always interested to hear from people interested in his work and invites comments, suggestions, ideas and questions about any of the above topics.


Centre for Ethics in Medicine and Society: http://cems-gr.org/

Global Reconciliation: http://globalreconciliation.org/

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