Professor of Medicine at the Cairns Base Hospital clinical school, James Cook University

Professor John McBride is an Infectious Diseases Physician and Clinical Microbiologist. He is a Professor of Medicine at the Cairns Base Hospital clinical school. He is currently the President of the Australasian College of Tropical Medicine. Originally from Adelaide, he has been in north Queensland for the last 19 years.

John has major interests in the Tropical Infectious Diseases of north Queensland and the Western Pacific. After training in Infectious Diseases and Microbiology in Adelaide he completed a PhD on dengue fever in Townsville before moving to Cairns.

Other areas of interest include HIV in PNG and the role of male circumcision in its prevention, rickettsial infections, Leptospirosis, thermal scanning for fever, fever surveillance and the hunt for new pathogens.

A full list of publications is available at


  • 2004–present
    Professor of Medicine, James Cook University Clinical School, Cairns Hospital


  • 1997 
    James Cook University, PhD
  • 1996 
    Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia, FRCPA
  • 1994 
    Royal Australasian College of Physicians, FRACP
  • 1987 
    Mahidol University, DTM&H
  • 1982 
    Adelaide University, MBBS