Research Staff

Professor Jack Wall


Professor of Medicine
Department of Academic Medicine

MB BS (Adel), MD (Adel), PhD (London), FRACP, FRCP (C)

Professor Wall heads our Discipline of Medicine and Department of Endocrinology.Before working here he spent 24 years in academic positions in Canada and the US. He became a full professor at McGill University in 1988. During all of this period he has carried out basic and clinical research into Graves’ disease, the associated ophthalmopathy, and related thyroid and orbital autoimmune disorders. His main area of research interest has been the eye muscle component of thyroid-associated ophthalmopathy for which he is known internationally. He was the first to focus on the autoimmune basis of ophthalmopathy and identify serum autoantibodies and to recognize the importance of the serum eye muscle antibodies as markers of eye muscle damage. He is the founding Medical Director of The International Thyroid Centre, and will develop new collaborative research studies with investigators in Fiji, PNG, the Philippines and Malaysia.

Jack has been invited as keynote speaker or contributor to many national and international symposia and congresses, including an International Symposium on Thyroid Eye Disease in Greece (1998), the Japan Thyroid Association annual meeting and 2nd. Japan, Korea, China Thyroid Conference in Tokyo, International Symposium on Thyroid-Associated Ophthalmopathy in Kyoto (2000), and to Witwatersrand University Medical school, Johannesburg (2001). Recent research funding includes grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (1979-1993 and 2000-2003) and the National Eye Institute of the NIH (1984-1994). Just before leaving Halifax (in 2002) he was awarded a grant from Cy-pres Canada of $204,000 to study an animal model for ophthalmopathy.

He is a board member of the National Graves’ disease Foundation and foundation scientific advisor, board member and co-founder of The Thyroid Foundation of Canada, the world’s first lay organization for diseases of the Thyroid. In 2004 he was given an “award of excellence” for his work with the Foundation, one of only 3 doctors in Canada so honoured. He has published approximately 200 papers.

Contact details

Professor Jack R Wall
Professor of Medicine
Department of Academic Medicine

Nepean Hospital
The Sydney Medical School Nepean
PO Box 63

Phone: (02) 4734 2613
Fax: (02) 4734 2614

Dr Bernard Champion


Head of Department Endocrinology & Diabetes / Lecturer

Dr Bernard Champion is a Sydney Endocrinologist and Medical Educator. He has clinical research interests in diabetes, nutrition, thyroid disease and HPA disease. He runs a dedicated Dynamic Endocrine Testing service at Nepean Hospital, as well as a Gestational Endocrine Service.
His medical education interests include roles as Coordinator of PPD and RAST Program Manager (Residents as Teachers Program) at Nepean Hospital, Endocrine Assessment Superior for Sydney Medical School and roles as Australasian Endocrine representative on the FRACP Written Exam Committee, and Examiner for the Clinical FRACP Exam.


Associate Professor Emily Hibbert


Emily Hibbert is a general clinical endocrinologist with a particular interest in medical education. She has worked at Concord Hospital for the last 15 years as a Clinical Academic with the University of Sydney. She moved to Nepean Hospital early in 2012. She is involved in both medical education and endocrinology research.


Emily has supervised a number of medical students in Honours projects over the years, addressing such topics as educational interventions in patients with diabetes, incidence of minimal trauma fracture presenting to emergency and the percentage of these patients assessed for osteoporosis and correlations between 25OH vitamin D levels and known prognostic markers in patients with colorectal cancer.

Dr Hooshang Lahooti


Lecturer and Senior Scientist

Dr Lahooti is Principal Scientist and Conjoint Lecturer teaching Evidence-Based Medicine. Dr Lahooti main research focus is on Molecular Genetics of Thyroid Eye Disease (Thyroid Ophthalmopathy) at Nepean Clinical School, University of Sydney. Dr Lahooti and Professor Jack R Wall published many articles on Autoimmune Thyroid Disorders and developed a unique laboratory test, which is found to be useful by ophthalmologists and endocrinologists to manage patients with various eye and thyroid disorders. Dr. Lahooti was educated in United Kingdom and Norway. He received BSc in Medical Laboratory Sciences from Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff, South Wales, United Kingdom in 1978, MSc in Biochemistry and PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology (Molecular Endocrinology) from the University of Bergen, Norway in 1986 and 1991 respectively. Dr Lahooti received a post-doctoral fellowship to work with Professor Malcolm G Parker in Department of Molecular Endocrinology, Imperial Cancer Research Fund, in London researching genetics of estrogen receptor in breast cancer cells. After completion of post-doctoral fellowship than was employed by Norwegian Cancer Research Society as Research Fellow working with professors Asbjorn Aakvaag and Thor S Thorsen. In 1996, moved to the University of Kentucky in Lexington, USA, as a visiting scientist and than in 1997 moved to Australia. He was employed as a Research Officer with department of endocrinology, Sir Charles Gairdner hospital, Western Australia, Discipline of Pathology, University of Tasmania, Research Scientist with Department of Pathology, Royal Victoria Infirmary, University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom, Senior Research Officer with the department of haematology and blood diseases, St. Vincent Hospital, Sydney (Garvan Institute of Medical Research). In 2002, took up a Senior Research Officer/Research Fellow position with Department of Genetic & Metabolic Research Unit, the Children Hospital at Westmead working with Professor John Christodoulou and received a Conjoint Lecturer title from University of Sydney, Faculty of Medicine, Discipline of Paediatrics and Child Health, the Children’s Hospital at Westmead. Dr Lahooti supervises Honours, Master, PhD students, and Post-doctoral Fellows. He is Member of Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District Scientific Advisory and Human Ethic Committees., Western Sydney Local Health District Institutional Bio-safety committee, Australian Institute of Medical Scientist, Australasian Association of Clinical Biochemists, Human Genetic Society of Australasia, Molecular Genetic society of Australia and Endocrine Society of Australia. Dr Lahooti is Academic Board Member of Australian College of Medical Scientist and Research. Dr Lahooti serves on Editorial Boards of following Scientific and Medical Journals:
1)American Journal of Medical Sciences and Medicine, 2) American Journal of Medical and Biological Research, 3) American Journal of Biomedical Research 4) Trends Journal of Sciences Research (TJSR), 5) OMICS Group eBooks, 6) Herald Scholarly Open Access Journal of Human Endocrinology, 7) Journal of International Translational Medicine, 8) Frontiers in Endocrinology, 9) American Journal of Food and Nutrition, 10) Journal of Food and Nutrition Research, 11) World Journal of Nutrition and Health, 12) American Journal of Medical Case Reports, 13) Annals of Carcinogenesis, Austin Publishing Group, 14) Madridge Journal of Diabetes.