Roy G. Beran
Professor of Medicine
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University of New South Wales and Griffith University


M.B. B.S. University of New South Wales, Australia 1972
F.R.A.C.G.P. Royal Australian College of GPs, Australia 1978
F.R.A.C.P. Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Australia 1981
Grad. Dip. (Further Ed.) Adelaide College of Advanced Education, Australia 1982
Grad. Dip. (Tert. Ed.) New England University, Australia 1982
M.D.    University of New South Wales, Australia 1984
F.A.F.P.H.M. Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Australia 1990
B.Leg.S. Macquarie University, Australia 1992
F.A.C.L.M. Australasian College of Legal Medicine, Australia 1997
F.R.C.P Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh, UK 1999
F.A.C.B.S. Australasian College of Biomedical Scientists, Australia 1999
M.H.L. University of Sydney, Australia 2000
Accredited Sleep Physician Australasian Sleep Association (ASA), Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ) and RACP, Australia 2001
Trained Assessor Personal Impairment Assessment, Workcover and Motor Accident Authority of New South Wales, Australia
FFFLM (Hon) Faculty of Forensic & Legal Medicine, Royal College of Physicians, London, UK  2007
GCP training Professor Beran has conducted clinical trials for greater than 30 years and his approach and acceptance of good clinical practice has been published.



Professor Beran is a consultant neurologist with a long history of involvement in epilepsy related research.  He has been on the executive of the Epilepsy Society of Australia, Commissions from the International League Against Epilepsy and the International Bureau for Epilepsy. 

Since 2002, he has been a Conjoint Associate Professor in the South Western Sydney Clinical School of the University of New South Wales and is a senior visiting neurologist to the Department of Neurology at the Liverpool Hospital, in Sydney, as well as other hospitals.  Most of his research was conducted in the clinical setting of private neurological practice. 

He wears many hats, being the President of the Australian College of Legal Medicine, on the Board of the Australian Institute of Health Law and Ethics, an accredited sleep physician and a Fellow of the Australian Faculty of Public Heath Medicine.  He has been involved with levetiracetam since its introduction to trials in Australia and continues to trial it in epilepsy and other conditions.


Research Interest

  • Health law & ethics
  • Epilepsy
  • Drug trials
  • Public health
  • Legal medicine
  • Legal medicine education
  • Neurological conditions & new therapies
  • Rehabilitation
  • Sleep disorders
  • Neurological advances in Asia and developing countries


Professional Activities:


1973 - 1975 Medical Stream, Basic Training, St. Vincents Hospital, Sydney, Australia
1976 - 1977 General Practice, Sydney, Australia
1978 - 1979 Neurology Training, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Adelaide, Australia
1978 - 1980 Clinical Tutor Neurology, University of Adelaide, Australia
1978 - 1980 Demonstrator Neuroanatomy, University of Adelaide, Australia
1979 - 1980 Senior Registrar, Neurology, Adelaide Children's Hospital, Australia
1980(6 mths) Research Registrar Neuroepidemiology, Royal Adelaide Hospital, Australia
1980 - 1982 Honorary Registrar Neurology and Clinical Neurology Tutor, Prince Henry/Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney, Australia
1980 - 1983 M.D. Study, "Neuroepidemiology of Epilepsy," School of Community Medicine,University of New South Wales, Australia
1982 - 1984 Epilepsy Rehabilitation Clinic, Royal Ryde Rehabilitation Hospital, Australia
1982 - 1983 Prince Henry/Prince of Wales Hospital, Accredited Neurologist, Australia
1982 - 1987 Epilepsy Rehabilitation Unit, Mount Wilga Rehabilitation Centre, Australia
1982 - 1990 V.M.O. Neurology, North Sydney Community Hospital, Australia
1983 - 1984 Accredited Neurologist, Neuropsychiatric Institute, Prince Henry Hospital, Australia
1983 - 1986 Visiting Fellow, School of Community Medicine, University of New South Wales, Australia
1981         V.M.O. Neurology, Royal Rehabilitation Centre, Sydney. Australia
1982 - 2009  V.M.O. Neurology, Royal Australian Navy Hospital, HMAS Penguin, Australia
1982        Consultant Neurologist Royal Australian Navy, Australia

Appointments (continued):

1983         V.M.O. Neurology, Fairfield District Hospital, Australia
1984 - 1997 V.M.O. Neurology, Macquarie Hospital, North Ryde, Australia
1984         V.M.O. Neurology, Liverpool Hospital, Australia
1990 - 2000 Accredited Neurologist, Prince Henry Hospital, Australia
1993         Consultant Neurologist and Director, Strategic Health Evaluators, Suite 5, Level 6, 12 Thomas Street, Chatswood, NSW  2067  Australia
1993 -2000         Visiting Fellow, School of Community Medicine, University of New South Wales, Australia
1996           V.M.O. Neurology, Braeside Rehabilitation Hospital, Australia
2002 - 2015     Conjoint Associate Professor, Dept of Medicine, South West Sydney Clinical School, University of New South Wales, Australia
2005         Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia
2015 Conjoint Professor, Dept of Medicine, South West Sydney Clinical School, University of New South Wales, Australia

Honours & Awards

1972 University of NSW Public Health Prize
1981 Francis Hardy Faulding Memorial Research Fellowship: RACGP
1982 Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship
1990 The Sydney Morning Herald & NSW Government Inaugural Employers Award for Training Excellence 1996 Member of Board of Governors - World Association of Medical Law – (Vice President 2004-2006; Executive Vice President 2006 – 2008;Secretary General 2008 -)
1996 Corresponding Fellow, American Academy of Neurology
2002 President of Australasian College of Legal Medicine (stepped down 2011 but remained on Council)
2009 Promoted to rank of Commander, Royal Australian Naval Reserve
2010 Visiting Professor International Research Institute of Health Law Sciences, Southern Medical University, Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China
2011 Academic and Clinical Excellence Award (Best First Author Publication), School of Medicine, Griffith University, Qld
2015     Order of Australia - Member of the General Division (Australia Day Honour List) [AM]




  1. Generic substitution in contravention of doctor's prescriptions R. G. Beran Oct 2015 · Internal Medicine Journal.
  2. Nontraumatic spinal cord ischaemic syndrome Louise Rigney · Cecilia Cappelen-Smith · Dale Sebire · Roy G. Beran · Dennis Cordato . Jul 2015 · Journal of Clinical Neuroscience.
  3. The Effect of Biofeedback as a Psychological Intervention in Multiple Sclerosis: A Randomized Controlled Study Alison M Mackay · Robert Buckingham · Raymond S Schwartz · Suzanne Hodgkinson · Roy G Beran · Dennis J Cordato. May 2015 · International Journal of MS Care.
  4. Author reply. R G Beran No preview · Article · Apr 2015 · Internal Medicine Journal.
  5. Paraesthesia and peripheral neuropathy Roy G Beran. Mar 2015 · Australian family physician.
  6. Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy Roy G Beran No preview · Article · Feb 2015 · Epilepsy & Behavior
  7. SUDEP revisited - A decade on: Have circumstances changed? Roy G Beran Feb 2015 · Seizure.
  8. The benefits of antiepileptic drug (AED) blood level monitoring to complement clinical management of people with epilepsy Daria Stepanova · Roy G Beran Dec 2014, Epilepsy & Behavior.
  9. Mandatory notification of impaired doctors R. G. Beran Dec 2014, Internal Medicine Journal
  10. Problem gambling Roy G Beran No preview · Article · Nov 2014, Australian family physician
  11. An appraisal of the new operational definition of epilepsy—Then and now Ashish Malkan · Roy G. Beran Nov 2014, Epilepsy & Behavior.
  12. Anti-synthetase syndrome associated with anti PL-12 and anti-Signal recognition particle antibodies and a necrotizing auto-immune myositis Ashish Malkan · Cecilia Cappelen-Smith · Roy Beran · Neil Griffith · Catherine Toong · Min-Xia Wang · Dennis Cordato. Aug 2014, Journal of Clinical Neuroscience.
  13. Measurement of levetiracetam drug levels to assist with seizure control and monitoring of drug interactions with other anti-epileptic medications (AEMs) Daria Stepanova · Roy G. Beran. May 2014, Seizure.
  14. Anti-synthetase syndrome associated with necrotizing myositis – Utility of myositis specific autoantibodies in predicting prognosis and choice of treatment Ashish Malkan · Dennis Cordato · Neil Griffith · Cecilia Cappelen-Smith · Catherine Toong · Roy Beran Apr 2014, Clinical Neurophysiology
  15. Management of chronic headache Roy G Beran No preview · Article · Mar 2014 · Australian family physician
  16. Compulsive gambling possibly associated with antiepileptic medication Susanne Storrier · Roy G. Beran Article · Jan 2014 · Epilepsy and Behavior Case Reports
  17. Anti-synthetase syndrome associated with anti PL-12 and anti-Signal recognition particle antibodies and a necrotizing auto-immune myositis Ashish Malkan · Cecilia Cappelen-Smith · Roy Beran · Neil Griffith · Catherine Toong · Min-Xia Wang · Dennis Cordato. Jan 2014
  18. Rectal carbamazepine as effective long-acting treatment after cluster seizures and status epilepticus Vishal Patel · Dennis J Cordato · Ashish Malkan · Roy G Beran Dec 2013 · Epilepsy & Behavior.
  19. Heat stroke induced cerebellar dysfunction: A "forgotten syndrome" Athula D Kosgallana · Shreyashee Mallik · Vishal Patel · Roy G Beran Article · Nov 2013.
  20. Rebound exacerbation multiple sclerosis following cessation of oral treatment Roy G. Beran · Yaser Hegazi · Raymond S. Schwartz · Dennis J. Cordato Jul 2013 · Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders.


  1. Beran RG. (Editor) (2004) Epilepsy: and the Law of Therapeutics. Yozmot, Tel-Aviv
  2. Beran RG. (Editor) (2002) Epilepsy: A Question of Ethics. Yozmot, Tel-Aviv
  3. Beran RG. (Editor) (2000) Epilepsy: Duty of Care. Yozmot, Tel-Aviv
  4. Pachlatko Ch., Beran RG. (Editors) (1999) Economic Aspects of Epilepsy: An Overview Epilepsia. 40, Supplement 8, ILAE/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, New York
  5. Beran RG. (Editor) (1999) Epilepsy and Driving. Yozmot, Tel-Aviv
  6. Beran RG. (Editor) (1997) Epilepsy and Law. Yozmot, Tel-Aviv
  7. Beran RG. (1997) Epilepsy: Facts About Fits. MacLennan and Petty, Sydney
  8. Beaumont M. (1988) Epilepsy in Education : A Manual for Teachers Project Reference Committee - Buchanan N, Gourley R, Hopkins I, Beran R, Wellings J, Eppinger J, Marshall Fell K, Haskell S, Munro J, Representative (Ministry of Education, Melbourne), National Epilepsy Association of Australia, Melbourne
  9. Beaumont M. (1987) Epilepsy and Learning Project Reference Committee-Buchanan N, Hopkins I, Beran R, Wellings J, Gourley R. National Epilepsy Association of Australia, Melbourne
  10. Beran RG. (1983) Epidemiological Studies of Epilepsy in Sydney, Australia. Federal Department of Health, Canberra
  11. Beran RG. (1982) Learning about Epilepsy. Medical Education Services Ltd, Oxford

Book chapters

  1. Beran RG. (2010) Privacy within the First Decade of the 21st Century (p75-80) in Principles of Addictions and the Law (ed) N Miller. Academic Press. Oxford, UK
  2. Beran RG, Devereux JA, Lafrance Jr W C. (2009) Legal medicine considerations related to non-epileptic seizures Gates and Rowan's Non-epileptic Seizures (3rd ed) (p157-160) Steven C Schachter & W Curt LaFrance Jr, Cambridge University Press
  3. Beran RG. (2009) Ethics of Clinical Research in Drug Trials (Chpt 24.1  p1099-1110) in Clinical Trials Handbook Editor Shayne Cox Gad, John Wiley & Sons Inc. Publication, New Jersey, USA
  4. Beran RG. (2009) Epilepsy, Driving and Law (p 97-107) in Social Epileptology: Understanding Social Aspects of Epilepsy (ed) J Pinikahana and C Walker Nova Science Publishers, New York, USA



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