• Bond University, Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine

    4229 Gold Coast


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Personal profile

Research interests

Dr Ray Moynihan is an experienced academic researcher with an international profile, and a background as an award-winning author and journalist. Currently he is Senior Research Fellow and Assistant Professor at the Centre for Research in Evidence-Based Practice at Bond University, where he completed his PhD titled Preventing Overdiagnosis in 2015. In March 2017 he won a prestigious NHMRC Early Career Fellowship.  

With stints at the ABC TV’s flagship Four Corners program and the Australian Financial Review, and as columnist at BMJ and MJA, Ray is also a winner of the prestigious Harkness fellowship in healthcare, undertaken at Harvard University.

Dr Moynihan has been lead investigator on original studies published in the NEJM, PLOS Medicine and BMJ Open, and has authored more than 80 research articles, analysis pieces, editorial and commentary in the peer-reviewed literature, including, in The Lancet, BMJ, CMAJ, MJA and elsewhere.

He’s author of 4 books on the business of healthcare, popularising principles of the evidence-based approach and uncovering the problem of too much medicine, including Selling Sickness: translated into 12 languages and described by the New York Times as a “compelling case.” He’s regularly invited to appear in popular media, to speak at national and international meetings, and to peer-review for leading medical journals.  

Dr Moynihan is currently engaged in numerous research collaborations investigating the major health challenge of overdiagnosis and has an impressive international network. He’s a Chief Investigator on a 5 year $2.5 million NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence, being run jointly by Bond University and the University of Sydney, where Ray is formally affiliated as an Honorary Adjunct Associate Professor at the Sydney Medical School – Public Health. He has successfully supervised one PhD candidate.

Dr Moynihan is active in research translation, and his work has recognition and impact. He’s a founding member and co-chair of the scientific committee for the highly successful international Preventing Overdiagnosis conference, coming to Sydney in 2019. In 2017 he chaired the planning committee for the Australian National Summit on Overdiagnosis, and has forged links with key professional and consumer organisations.

Ray also hosts the popular podcast – The Recommended Dose – produced by Cochrane Australia, featuring compelling conversations with the world’s leading thinkers in healthcare, including BMJ editor-in-chief Dr Fiona Godlee, JAMA Internal Medicine editor-in-chief Professor Rita Redberg, and Cochrane founder, Sir Iain Chalmers.

Statement for HDR students

My research interests cover overdiagnosis, medicine and the media, and conflicts of interest in healthcare. I have a strong interest in supervising HDR students who are highly motivated to conduct quality research within these areas.

I am a co-supervisor of PhD candidate, Brooke Nicke, and Principal supervisor of PhD candidate, Julia Medew, who commenced February 2017. I and other colleagues will be working with Julia  on a range of research projects investigating how to optimise media coverage of medicine, with a focus on diagnostics. 


Education/Academic qualification



BA, University of Queensland


External positions

Host of Podcast 'The Recommended Dose', Cochrane Australia


Senior Research Fellow (Honorary), University of Sydney

2016 → …

Honorary Conjoint Lecturer, University of Newcastle


Senior Reporter, Australian Financial Review


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Research Output 2000 2019

Australia is responding to the complex challenge of overdiagnosis REPLY

Moynihan, R., Barratt, A. L. & Glasziou, P. P., Jun 2019, In : Medical Journal of Australia. 210, 11, p. 525-525.e1 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalLetterResearch

Medical Overuse

Cochrane Sustainable Healthcare: evidence for action on too much medicine

Johansson, M., Bero, L., Bonfill, X., Bruschettini, M., Garner, S., Glenton, C., Harris, R., Jørgensen, K. J., Levinson, W., Lotfi, T., Montori, V., Meng, D. M., Schünemann, H., Vaz Carneiro, A., Woloshin, S. & Moynihan, R., 6 Dec 2019, In : Cochrane database of systematic reviews (Online). 12, p. ED000143

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialResearchpeer-review

Delivery of Health Care
Health Care Costs
Patient Harm

Commercial interests, transparency, and independence: a call for submissions

Moynihan, R., Macdonald, H., Heneghan, C., Bero, L. & Godlee, F., 16 Apr 2019, In : BMJ (Online). 365, l1706.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialResearch

Conflict of Interest
Occupational Health Physicians
National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (U.S.) Health and Medicine Division
Quality of Health Care
100 Downloads (Pure)

Media Coverage of the Benefits and Harms of Testing the Healthy: A protocol for a descriptive study

O'Keeffe, M., Barratt, A., Maher, C., Zadro, J., Fabbri, A., Jones, M. & Moynihan, R., 24 Aug 2019, In : BMJ Open. 9, 8, 8 p., e029532.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Conflict of Interest
Early Detection of Cancer
Artificial Intelligence
Hematologic Tests

Media Coverage of the Benefits and Harms of the 2017 Expanded Definition of High Blood Pressure

Moynihan, R. N., Clark, J. & Albarqouni, L., 1 Feb 2019, In : JAMA Internal Medicine. 179, 2, p. 272-273 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalLetterResearchpeer-review

American Heart Association
Conflict of Interest
Family Physicians

Activities 1990 2019

Preventing Overdiagnosis Scientific Committee (External organisation)

Ray N Moynihan (Chair)

Activity: MembershipCommittees, Boards and Panelists

JAMA Internal Medicine (Journal)

Ray N Moynihan (Reviewer)
2016 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPeer-review

Wiser Healthcare Consumer Reference Group Meeting (Event)

Ray N Moynihan (Chair)
2016 → …

Activity: MembershipCommittees, Boards and Panelists

External HDR Supervision - Brooke Nickel

Raymond Moynihan (Supervisor)

Activity: Professional Development, Mentorship, Supervision and Other ActivitiesExternal HDR Supervision

International Panel of Journalists (External organisation)

Ray N Moynihan (Member)

Activity: MembershipCommittees, Boards and Panelists

Press / Media

Removing the C-Word From Low-Risk Diseases

Ray N Moynihan


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Doctors asked to drop the C-word

Ray N Moynihan


11 items of Media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Drop 'cancer' label to protect patients from over-treatment, researchers say

Ray N Moynihan


7 items of Media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Drop the C-word to reduce anxiety and overtreatment, say experts

Ray N Moynihan


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Drop the C-Word to Reduce Anxiety and Over-Treatment, Say Experts

Ray N Moynihan


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Student theses

Preventing Overdiagnosis

Author: Moynihan, R., 13 Jun 2016

Supervisor: Glasziou, P. P. (Supervisor) & Doust, J. A. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis