Dr John Dixon
Associate Professor John Dixon
Associate Professor John Dixon, MBBS PhD FRACGP FRCPEdin
Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute
75 Commercial Road
Melbourne, Vic, 3004 Australia
Tel: +613 8532 1115
Dr John Dixon is the Laboratory Head of Clinical Obesity Research at the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, and Associate Professor and Head of the Obesity Research Unit at the School of Primary Health Care at Monash University, both in Melbourne, Australia. He comes to obesity research from a background as a rural primary care physician and his generalist approach has enabled research across specialist boundaries. He is a respected international leader in many aspects of obesity including endocrine, liver, respiratory, nutritional, obstetric and psychological as well as the effects of weight loss on these related conditions. In 2009 he was awarded a prestigious NHMRC Senior Research Fellowship.
He has over 150 original research and review papers published in peer reviewed journals in addition to letters, invited commentaries, book chapters and guideline and position statements. He continues to develop translational research into methodology to upskill medical practitioners and allied heath professionals in the better detection, evaluation and management of obesity. Committed to improving clinical care through enhanced professional education he has conducted a large number of courses and workshops on the management of obesity both nationally and internationally over the past 10 years. He is a leading patient advocate for ensuring the rights of the obese patient are not overlooked due to generalised bias and discrimination.
A member of numerous government and specialist group working parties, he has been integrally involved with, amongst others, the consensus guidelines developed by American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE), The Obesity Society (TOS), and American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) for clinical practice in the perioperative nutritional, metabolic, and nonsurgical support of the bariatric surgery patient; and the position paper from the Australian and New Zealand Association of Paediatric Surgeons, the Obesity Surgery Society of Australia and New Zealand, and the Paediatrics & Child Health Division of The Royal Australasian College of Physicians on bariatric surgery for adolescents. In December 2010 he was co convenor of the International Diabetes Federation consensus meeting held in Brussels which resulted in the release of an IDF position statement on bariatric surgery for obese Type 2 diabetics in March 2011. He is one of the 20-member International Diabetes Surgery Task Force, a non-profit organization representing diverse expertise in diabetes, obesity, surgery, gastroenterology, and clinical-trials development.
John was president of the Australian and New Zealand Obesity Society (2007-2009) and an executive member of Obesity Surgeons Society of Australia and New Zealand (2005-2010). From 2007 he has served on both the research and program committees of American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery and in 2011 was appointed co chair of their Medical Specialties Track and International Development Committees. He is an Associate Editor of Obesity Surgery and SOARD, and is on the editorial boards of Nutrition and Diabetes, Clinical Obesity, Bariatric News and Diabetes in Practice.