Welcome to the Central Clinical School

The Central Clinical School (CCS) is based at Royal Prince Alfred (RPA) Hospital, but CCS also has large teaching and research units at Sydney Eye Hospital and Balmain Hospital, and staff based at Canterbury Hospital.

Staff at CCS cover a wide range of disciplines, and are active in both research and teaching. The CCS research activities are also supplemented by our affiliation with the largest number of external research units and institutes in the Faculty of Medicine, covering a diverse range of disciplines and research areas. Thus our school and staff can provide for a wide scope of interests for students and researchers to pursue their chosen field.

It was a great pleasure for me to commence as Associate Dean and Head of Central Clinical School in mid-2015. I am a clinical immunologist and immunopathologist whose clinical work has been conducted at RPAH since my return from postdoctoral studies at NIH, Bethesda, in 1990. My interests in medical education span undergraduate through to the training of superspecialists. I have research interests in the study of retroviral mutations under pressure of drug therapy in HIV and the metabolic complications of therapy for HIV. I have interests in ethics and the implementation of evidence based clinical practice.

Prior to my role I held many senior positions in RPAH and Sydney Local Health District including most recently head of the Division of Medicine. Recently I also commenced as a Councillor of the Australian Council for Health Care Standards (RCPA nominee). In the past I served on the Board of CSAHS and long term on the Executive of the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy prior to election to the role of President of the Association in the early 2000s. I have held peak advisory roles to the NSW government in matters related to HIV, AIDS and STI and continue to be SLHD Director of HIV Services and to be involved in developing new postgraduate initiatives in education of doctors.

I look forward to fostering life long bonds of our students to their clinical school and the Sydney Medical School. I hope new student feel “at home” in CCS.

A/Prof Roger Garsia MBBS PhD FRACP FRCPA
Associate Dean, Head of School, Central Clinical School