Napier Thomson

Emeritus Prof

1987 …2014

Research activity per year

Personal profile


Professor Napier Thomson was Head of the Monash University, School of Translational Medicine based at The Alfred Hospital in Prahran 2001-2011. His research history and current activity is in renal (kidney) medicine. He has been teaching medical students in Monash University since 1976.

Professor Thomson is currently Director of Renal Medicine at The Alfred and until 2007 was also Director of the Department of General Medicine (which Department he developed). Until 1998 he served as the Faculty’s Associate Dean (Clinical). He has also mentored many early career doctors through the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, and became President of the RACP in 2006.

Since Professor Thomson’s appointment as Professor of Medicine at the Medical School at the Alfred, the Department has developed its research program to include the major areas of respiratory medicine and lung transplantation, infectious diseases, diabetes, neuroscience, haematology (ACBD) pharmacology of heart failure allergy, and renal disease. See Medicine PhD, Honours Science and Bachelor of Medical Science students enrolled through the Department at the STM HDR Student page.

In June 2009, Professor Thomson was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for services to medicine, research, medical education and professional associations and in 2010 he received the David de Kretser Medal, awarded for outstanding contributions to the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University.

Present & Recent Appointments

  • Professor and Head of Department, Department of Medicine, Monash University, Alfred Hospital - Appointed 1992-2011
  • Head, School of Translational Medicine, Monash University – Appointed 2001-2011
  • Director of Renal Services, Alfred Hospital - Appointed 1993
  • Director, Professorial Medical Unit, Alfred Hospital – Appointed 1994
  • Chairman, Division of Medicine, Alfred Hospital - Appointed 1997
  • Member Executive Alfred Health

Other Current Professional Appointments

  • President: International Society of Internal Medicine 2008-Current
  • Member Board Victorian Doctors Health Program
  • Member AMC MedSAC

Previous Professional Board Memberships

  • Royal Australasian College of Physicians – 2000-2008: President – 2006-2008
  • Australians Donate – 2004-2008
  • Postgraduate Medical Council of Victoria – 2003-2006: Chairman – 2004-2006
  • Centre for Clinical Studies – 2002-2005
  • Biocomm International Ltd. – 2001-2005
  • Member, Board of Joint Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine (ANZCA and RACP) 2002-2008

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Research area keywords

  • Renal medicine
  • Cardiorespiratory medicine
  • Nephrology