About

John Weiner is a medical consultant in the diagnosis and treatment of allergic diseases and asthma.

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).

John is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and the Royal College of Pathologists of Australia

He spent 18 months as a Fellow at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology at the Walter Reed Army Medical Centre, 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.

He was co-editor of the Ask The Expert website of the World Allergy Organisation for three years, answering questions from allergy colleagues around the world.

John consults in Melbourne (see Contact).

He has over 75 publications with a total of over 4100 citations. These include studies on asthma, ant venoms, drug allergies, food allergy, eye diseases, allergy vaccines and the genetics of allergy. From 2013 to 2017 John was a co-author of 5 papers on Clinical Excellence and 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.

Details of John’s academic and research bio can be found 0n Google Scholar

John founded and launched this blog in January 1998, and it is recognised as the oldest medical blog in the world. AllergyNet Australia is archived by the National Library of Australia.

In his spare time, John has grown grapes and made wine (Pinot Noir, Tempranillo, Saperavi and Riesling), although he now enjoys tasting wines and reading about them. He has a Graduate Certificate in Wine Technology and Viticulture from the University of Melbourne. Readers may be interested in wine label regulations in Australia.

His favourite authors are William Blake, Anton Chekhov and Meister Eckhart.

His favourite books are Life by Keith Richards, The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov and The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann.

John likes to listen to Psychedelic Music 1940s to 1970s, and has compiled a playlist of over 400 tracks from that era on Spotify (link here) https://open.spotify.com/user/%2Aabout%2A/playlist/79l6XciWM5k62gnQnPciFP

John is married with three children and six grandchildren. His wife Kaye recently retired after nearly 50 years as a family physician, loved by patients and staff alike. Any of John’s successes are entirely due to Kaye.

He is grateful to his late parents for their efforts efforts in starting a new life in the great country of Australia after WW2. Stanislaw (born in Poland) and Eliane (born in France) together with their 2 year old son Jean-Marc arrived in Melbourne in March 1950. Jean-Marc had no nationality and was classed as a stateless refugee. After a time at the Bonegilla migrant camp in northern Victoria, and after many years of struggle, things got sorted because of Stan and Eliane’s drive to succeed. We all became naturalised Aussies, and I am proud that although I was not born in Australia, my first and only nationality has been Australian.