Australian and New Zealand Society of Nephrology

Honouring our Long Standing ANZSN Members

The ANZSN would like to honour those members who have been a part of the Society for over 45 years:-


Professor Geoffrey Duggin AM

Member, joined 16 May 1972 

Made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2008 in recognition of his service to renal medicine and toxicology as a clinician and researcher, and through contributions to professional associations.

Dr John Flynn

Member, joined 28 May 1972

Dr Alastair Gillies

Member, joined 28 May 1974  

 Dr John Kevan Healy MB BS Hons II, FRACP

Member, joined 22 August 1968


A product of North Sydney High school, I did Medicine from 1951-6 at Sydney University, earning prizes in biochemistry and Clinical Medicine, and a passion for research.  Learn more here.

 Professor Virginia L. Hood, MBBS, MPH, MACP, FRACP, FRCPEd, Professor of Medicine Emerita at the Robert E. Larner MD College of Medicine, University of Vermont and a nephrologist at University of Vermont Medical Center.

Member, joined 25 May 1974

A medical graduate of the University of Sydney, she completed internal medicine residency training at Mater Misericordiae Hospital, North Sydney and nephrology fellowship at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, Australia. She received a Master’s degree in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health, Boston MA, USA. Learn more here

Associate Professor John Mahony AM

Member, joined 1 June 1971

ANZSN Councillor 1986-90; Executive Officer 1988-1990

Little known fact: involved in organizing the first cadaveric renal donor at St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney, earning a reprimand from the Mother Rectress.

After graduating with Honours from Sydney University in Feb 1963, Resident, Registrar and Renal Fellow at St. Vincent’s Hospital Darlinghurst, before going to University of Colorado Medical Center from June 1968- Sep 1970. Learn more here

Associate Professor Mahony was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for service to renal medicine as a physician, administrator and educator, and to patient care through the Sydney Dialysis Centre in 2003.

Dr Geoffrey Matthews

Member, joined 16 May 1972 

Consultant Physician and Vascular physician with appointments at Austin Health, Monash Medical Centre and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Medicine, University of Melbourne. Learn more here

Emeritus Professor Trefor Morgan AO

Member, joined 1 December 1965

ANZSN President 1990 - 1992 

Made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2019 in recognition of his distinguished service to medicine, and to medical research in the physiological sciences, particularly in relation to hypertension. Learn more here

Professor Ranjit Nanra 

Member, joined 22 August 1968 

Graduated MBBS from Singapore in 1959. With the mentorship of Prof Bryan Hudson, Foundation Prof of Medicine, Monash University, came to Australia in 1963 and passed MRACP/FRACP in 1964. Trained in Nephrology at Royal Melbourne Hospital under Prof Priscilla Kincaid-Smith from 1966 to 1970. Learn more here

Professor Bruce Pussell   

Member, joined 28 May 1974

ANZSN Councillor 1990-1994; Honorary Executive Officer 1993-1994

Little known fact: Designed the ANZSN logo with his wife, Sally Robinson

Graduated MB, BS from UNSW, Sydney in 1970. Trained in Nephrology at Sydney Hospital, under John Stewart 1973 and Prince Henry Hospital Sydney, under John Charlesworth and Graeme Macdonald 1974-75. Learn more here

Dr Barry Saker 

Member, joined 9 October 1967 

Emeritus Professor Napier (Nip) Thomson AM MBBS, MD, FRACP, FRCP (Lond), FRCPI, FRCPS (Glas), FACP   

Member, joined 16 May 1972

ANZSN Councillor; Honorary Secretary 1983-85 

Little known fact: In 1977 in association with Bob Atkins, David Scott and Vernon Marshall organised the first ANZSN Dialysis and Transplant Workshop    

Nip graduated in Medicine at the University of Adelaide in 1966 and after obtaining his membership of the RACP in 1970, undertook training in nephrology at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Adelaide in 1971 and 1972 under Jim Lawrence one of the fathers of Australian nephrology. Learn more here

 Professor Thomson was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2009 in recognition of his service to medicine through research in the field of chronic renal disease, to medical education and through a range of professional associations.