John Weiner is a medical consultant in the diagnosis and treatment of allergic diseases and asthma. He is currently a part-time PhD student at Monash University, Melbourne, researching the link between Clinical Excellence and Social Media for Healthcare Professionals.
After completing his medical degree at the University of Melbourne, John obtained specialist qualifications in internal medicine (clinical immunology and allergy) and pathology (anatomical pathology).
He spent 18 months at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Washington, DC.
John subsequently became the Director of Pathology at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital in Melbourne, and was on the Steering Group that developed the National Asthma Strategy in Australia.
He has been a visiting allergist at the Alfred Hospital and St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Pathology and Immunology at Monash University, and was a visiting consultant to the Joint Defence Facility Pine Gap Central Australia (Australia/US) and later to Alice Springs Hospital in Central Australia. He is a member of the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy.
John consults at two clinics, one in Melbourne, and the other on the Mornington Peninsula 60 kms south-east of Melbourne.
He has over 60 publications including studies on asthma, ant venoms, drug allergies, food allergy, eye diseases, allergy vaccines and the genetics of allergy. In recent years, John has published on Clinical Excellence in Social Media.
Together with colleagues Prof Michael Abramson and Dr Robert Puy, John published two systematic reviews (statistical interpretations of published data). (1) Injection allergen immunotherapy for asthma, Cochrane Collaboration, 2010 (2) Intranasal corticosteroids in allergic rhinitis BMJ, 1999.
In his spare time, John grows grapes and makes wine (Pinot Noir, Tempranillo, Saperavi and Riesling). He has a Graduate Certificate in Wine Technology and Viticulture from the University of Melbourne. Readers may be interested in the laws on declaring allergens on wine labels in Australia.