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.
Since starting his academic career in 1999, he has collaborated in obtaining over $25 million in grant income and authoring over 600 publications; these have garnered over 15,000 citations, leading to an h-index of 67 (Dec 2017). He has also submitted 7 government reports, and 7 book chapters. He has been supervisor or co-supervisor to 33 PhD students (20 graduated and 13 current) and 8 Master’s students (all graduated).
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.