Professor Chris Del Mar was professor of public health at Bond University. He was Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) from 2005 – 2010, and Dean of Health Sciences and Medicine, at Bond University 2004 – 2009. Before that, he was professor and head of the discipline of general practice at the University of Queensland 1994 – 2004.
By 2010 he had successfully obtained $7.8m funding for, and conducted and published several controlled trials in, health services and clinical research. He published over 339 papers in peer-reviewed journals, of which 87 were cited in the Science Citation Index a total of 700 times (mean 8 per paper, range 0 - 121 citation per paper, with an H-index of 15). He published 5 books and 19 book chapters.
He was the Coordinating Editor of the Cochrane Acute Respiratory Infections Collaborative Group, Editor of the research section of the Australian Family Physician, and an assistant editor for the journal Evidence based Medicine. He was Chair of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) National Research Committee, and was a President of the Australian Association for Academic General Practice. In 2008 he was honoured with the RACGP's highest award, the Rose-Hunt medal. He was listed among the "50 most influential people in Australian general practice" by Australian Doctor both times it was published (last in 2010). Chris passed away in 2022.