• 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 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 Senior Research Fellow 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 2018

1 Citations

Association of Preferences for Papillary Thyroid Cancer Treatment With Disease Terminology: A Discrete Choice Experiment

Nickel, B., Howard, K., Brito, J. P., Barratt, A., Moynihan, R. & McCaffery, K., 22 Aug 2018, In : JAMA Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Thyroid Neoplasms
Health Literacy

Australia is responding to the complex challenge of overdiagnosis

Moynihan, R., Barratt, A. L., Buchbinder, R., Carter, S. M., Dakin, T., Donovan, J., Elshaug, A. G., Glasziou, P. P., Maher, C. G., McCaffery, K. J. & Scott, I. A., 15 Oct 2018, In : Medical Journal of Australia. 209, 8, p. 332-334 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Does industry-sponsored education foster overdiagnosis and overtreatment of depression, osteoporosis and over-active bladder syndrome? An Australian cohort study

Mintzes, B., Swandari, S., Fabbri, A., Grundy, Q., Moynihan, R. & Bero, L., 13 Feb 2018, In : BMJ Open. 8, 2, 12 p., e019027.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Overactive Urinary Bladder
Urinary Bladder
Cohort Studies
1 Citations

Effect of a Change in Papillary Thyroid Cancer Terminology on Anxiety Levels and Treatment Preferences: A Randomized Crossover Trial

Nickel, B., Barratt, A., McGeechan, K., Brito, J. P., Moynihan, R., Howard, K. & McCaffery, K., 23 Aug 2018, In : JAMA Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Cross-Over Studies
2 Citations

Patients' experiences of diagnosis and management of papillary thyroid microcarcinoma: a qualitative study

Nickel, B., Brito, J. P., Moynihan, R., Barratt, A., Jordan, S. & McCaffery, K., 2 Mar 2018, In : BMC Cancer. 18, 1, 10 p., 242.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Decision Making
Thyroid Gland
Papillary Thyroid Microcarcinoma

Activities 1990 2019

Preventing Overdiagnosis Scientific Committee (External organisation)

Ray N Moynihan (Chair)

Activity: MembershipCommittees, Boards and Panelists

Bond University Sage Athena Swan Self-Assessment Team (External organisation)

Ray N Moynihan (Member)

Activity: MembershipProfessional Memberships

National Summit on Overdiagnosis

Ray N Moynihan (Chair)
Aug 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipating in a conference, workshop, ...Oral Presentation

Brooke Nickel PhD

Raymond Moynihan (Supervisor)

Activity: OtherExternal HDR Supervision

Wiser Healthcare, Consumer Reference Group (External organisation)

Ray N Moynihan (Chair)
2016 → …

Activity: MembershipCommittees, Boards and Panelists


Preventing Overdiagnosis

Author: Moynihan, R., 13 Jun 2016

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

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis