Emeritus Professor Geoff Farrell

Emeritus Professor
ANU School of Medicine and Psychology

Professor Geoffrey Farrell is an Emeritus Professor in the ANU College of Health and Medicine. He is Professor of Gastroenterology & Hepatology at ANU and Head, Liver Research Unit at Canberra Hospital. Originally a graduate of the University of Tasmania, his clinical experience includes establishing the Liver Research Group at Westmead Hospital. Among many leadership roles, he has been President ASMR, President Gastroenterological Society of Australia (GESA) Head, Department of Medicine, University of Sydney and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

His research covers non-alcoholic steatohepatitis, ischemia-reperfusion injury, hepatocellular carcinoma, viral hepatitis and drug-induced liver injury.

Professor Farrell has published 4 books, including the first on Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease and its second, 2013 version. He has published approximately 230 scientific papers, more than 150 reviews/chapters/editorials, and been awarded 28 NHMRC project grants. Until December 2012 he was Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology during which the Impact Factor rose from 1.6 to 3.3.

He has received the Distinguished Research Prize of Gastroenterological Society of Australia 2003, the Eric Susman Prize for Medical Research 1988, RACP, and delivered the inaugural Hy Zimmerman lecture at the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases meeting 2002, the Georges Brohée medal lecture at World Congress of Gastroenterology, Shanghai 2013, as well as six other named orations at international meetings.

In 2016 he was elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.

Professor Farrell has made major contributions to the teaching program of medical students at ANU. He has supervised more than twenty-five Doctoral Research Students (PhD or MD), eight of whom have won between them 10 highly competitive Young Investigator Awards.



  • Gastroenterology