Emeritus Professor Geoffrey Cleghorn

Emeritus Professor

Children's Health Queensland Clinical Unit
Faculty of Medicine


Geoffrey Cleghorn is Deputy Head of the School of Medicine, Director International of the School of Medicine and Professor of Paeditrics

Professor Cleghorn is a graduate of the University of Queensland Medical School and undertook postgraduate training in paediatric gastroenterology at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto Canada. Following his training he entered academic practice within University of Queensland at the Royal Children's Hospital in Brisbane.

Professor Cleghorn has published more than 90 manuscripts and book chapters and is a seasoned lecturer and public speaker on a number of infant related issues including perinatal and paediatric nutrition. His research interests include the use of energy expenditure and body composition analysis in a number of disease states including chronic liver disease, cystic fibrosis, and general nutritional rehabilitation. He has been the recipient of a number of research grants from national and international granting bodies including the Australian Research Council, the National Health & Medical Research Council from Australia and the National Institutes of Health from the USA.

Professor Cleghorn has developed an extensive network of associations throughout Asia and hence has a very high profile within this region. He is a frequent, invited visitor to countries throughout Asia and has spoken on a number of nutritional and gastrointestinal topics during these visits. This profile has enabled Professor Cleghorn to be formally appointed to the Academic Teaching Staff of the Department of Child Health, University of Indonesia as a visiting Professor, to become involved in several multinational trials in S.E. Asia, and has seen a number of trainees travel to Brisbane to further their paediatric gastrointestinal and nutritional studies with him and his colleagues.

Professor Cleghorn has been a member of the well respected, Queensland Liver Transplant Service from its inception in 1985 until the present day. He has been involved in many of the historical and seminal advances in paediatric liver transplantation including the world’s first successful living related donor liver transplant and the development of the liver cut down technique now universally known as the “Brisbane Technique”. Research from the QLTS has highlighted the importance of nutrition in these patients and again is now acknowledged internationally.

Professor Cleghorn has had extensive collaborative experience with all levels of industry from the conduct of commissioned trials for regulatory approval to board room advice. He has been on the medical advisory boards of the peak meat industry body in Australia and Gerber Australasia. He has had extensive experience within the broader Asian region providing advice to the regional medical office for Mead Johnson Nutritionals.

His memberships include the Queensland Paediatric Society, the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, the North American Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, the European Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology Hepatology and Nutrition. In addition, he also holds the following positions:

  • President – The Asian and Pacific Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology Hepatology and Nutrition
  • President - The Federation of International Societies of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition
  • Executive Councilor, The International Pediatric Transplantation Association
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
  • Editorial Board, Bailiere’s Clinical Gastroenterology
  • Visiting Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Indonesia


  • Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Royal Australasian College of Physicians
  • American College of Gastroenterology, American College of Gastroenterology
  • Doctoral Diploma of Medicine, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery and Medical Science, The University of Queensland


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  • Purtis, J, Wardley, B. and Cleghorn, G. J. (2003). Nutrition in the under 5's. 1st ed. UK: Current Medical Literature Ltd.

Book Chapter

  • Cleghorn, G. (2007). Eosinophilic Esophagitis: An emerging condition. Topics in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. (pp. 33-42) edited by C. A. V. Benitez. Colombia: Distribuna Editorial Medica.

  • Cleghorn, Geoffrey (2007). Pharmacological therapy of exocrine pancreatic insufficiency. Walker's pediatric gastrointestinal disease: Pathophysiology, diagnosis and management. (pp. 1255-1258) Hamilton, Canada: BC Decker.

  • Avencena, I and Cleghorn, G. J. (2001). The nature and extent of malnutrition. Nutrition in the Infant: Problems and Practical Procedures. (pp. 3-15) edited by Dr Victor Preedy and Professor Ronald Watson Dr George Grimble. England UK: Greenwich Medical Media.

  • Cleghorn, G. J. (2000). Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency. Pediatric Gastrointestinal Disease. (pp. 1821-1825) edited by Walker W. A., Durie P. R., Hamilton J. R. and Walker Smith J. A.. Canada: BC Decker.

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PhD and MPhil Supervision

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