Dr Russell Pearson

ABN 79884285485

General Practitioner

Clinical Associate Professor, University of Wollongong GSM

Accredited Supervisor, RACGP’s Australian General Practice Training program

Employment history

Dr Russell Pearson established the Gerringong Family Medical Practice in 1980 and has worked here continuously since then.

From 1981-2021 he was also a Visiting Medical Officer with the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Hospital District, and from 1988-2021 this was as a VMO at Karinya Palliative Care Unit at David Berry Hospital.

He was a foundation member of the academic staff of the University of Wollongong Graduate Medicine working (part time while continuing the other two abovementioned roles) from 2007-2011, and from 2015 until now. In the intervening period he worked part time as a GP from 2011-2014 helping establish Shell Cove Family Health.

Community engagement

Dr Pearson’s community engagement has included on call availability to his patients after hours averaging every third night.

During the 1980’s he was a member of Gerringong Apex Club. From 1995 to 2002 he was a member of the Berry Gerringong Rotary Club culminating in a year as President. Then in 2003 he was foundation president of the Gerringong Sunrise Rotary Club, serving as an active member until 2008, and remains an honorary member.

He is a parishioner at Gerringong Anglican Church.

Professional Leadership

From 2007 to 2011 Dr Pearson was a director, vice chair the chair of the Illawarra Division of General Practice. Then in 2012 he served as vice chair of the Illawarra Shoalhaven Medicare Local.

From 2007-2017 Dr Pearson served initially as a Councillor then as Vice President of the Medical Benevolent Society of NSW.

Since 2017 he has served as a member of the Professional Services Review Committee.


2004 Paul Harris Fellowship-Rotary International

2015 RACGP Life Membership

2015 NSW Rural Medical Service Award-Rural Doctors Network

Hobbies and Interests

Dr Pearson enjoys spending time at home reading history and historical fiction. He enjoys the company, cuisine and competition (Scrabble) of his wife Susan, and also seeing his three adult children and grandchildren who now reside in Sydney. He also regularly walks and does Pilates, although not as often as he encourages his patients to do.