Paul Komesaroff is a physician, medical researcher and philosopher at Monash University in Melbourne, where he is Professor of Medicine. He is a practising clinician, specialising in the field of endocrinology. He is also Executive Director of the international NGO Global Reconciliation and President of Adult Medicine in the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP).
His work spans a wide range of disciplines, encompassing diabetes, menopause, obesity, dementia, hypertension, palliative care, reconciliation, ethics, public health, global health, research ethics. His clinical and laboratory research focuses on the effects of hormones on the cardiovascular system. His ethics and social science research encompasses the impact of new technologies on health and society, consent in research, the experience of illness, end of life issues, psychological effects of trauma, and cross-cultural teaching and learning.
His international work covers reconciliation and healing after conflict and social crisis, the nature and impact of foreign aid, and capacity building in global health. In addition to the roles mentioned above, Professor Komesaroff is a present or past member or chair of
numerous committees in professional societies, institutions and government, including the Ethics Advisory Committee of the US Endocrine Society (former chair), the Ethics Committee of the Australian Medical Association, the Victorian Justice Health Advisory Committee, the Victorian Department of Human Service Genetics Advisory Committee and Australians Donate. He is a board member of various NGOs, including Praxis Australia, the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, the Averroes Centre for Arab Culture and the Millennium Youth Orchestra. He is a Past President of the Australasian Bioethics Association.
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 400 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 (2014 and 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), and Sexuality and medicine: Bodies, practices, knowledges (2004). He was convening editor of The Australian human research ethics handbook (2002).