Professor John Attia obtained a BSc in Physiology (Faculty scholar at McGill University) and then won a 5 year MRC scholarship to complete his MD/PhD in Molecular Genetics (University of Toronto). He trained at McMaster University (Canada) in general internal medicine and obtained his fellowship with the Royal College of Physicians of Canada and the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. He has been listed on the NHMRC register of evidence based Medicine experts and has provided epidemiological expertise to the Therapeutic Goods Administration.
Over the last 14 years since starting his academic career (1999-2013), he has collaborated in obtaining $13.7 million in grant income and published 251 manuscripts (with another 5 submitted); these have garnered 2234 citations, leading to an h-index of 28 (Scopus data 9 February 2011). He has also submitted 7 government reports, and 7 book chapters. He has been supervisor or co-supervisor to 21 PhD students (10 graduated and 10 current) and 6 Master’s students (5 graduated, 1 current).
He is currently academic director of general medicine at John Hunter Hospital responsible for the foundation and running of the advanced training program for general physicians, one of the only fully supported such programs in the state. He is also co-director of the Clinical Research Design, IT, and Statistical Support (CReDITSS) Unit, a unit that provides methodological and analysis advice to clinical researchers.