Prof John Eisman

John Eisman AO (MB BS, PhD, FRACP, FAHMS) is Director of Clinical Translation and Advanced Education at Garvan. From 1984 to December 2011 he was Garvan's Director of Osteoporosis and Bone Biology. He is a Senior Staff Specialist Endocrinology, St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney, Associate Dean for Clinical Leadership and Research, School of Medicine Sydney, University of Notre Dame and Adjunct Professor, School of Medicine, UNSW Australia.

His medical and basic science training was in Sydney and Melbourne with post-doctoral studies in Madison, Wisconsin and Bern, Switzerland. Professor Eisman initiated and has run the Bone and Calcium clinic at St Vincent’s Hospital and the Dubbo Osteoporosis Epidemiology Study since their inception more than 20 years ago.

Professor Eisman was Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research and past-member of the Council of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research. He is a co-founder and past-President of the Australia and New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society.

Professor Eisman chaired the inaugural Australian National Health Priority Action Council’s National Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Conditions Advisory Group and co-chaired its successor, the Australian Better Arthritis and Osteoporosis Expert Advisory Committee. He was co-chair of the NSW Health Agency for Clinical Innovation in Musculoskeletal conditions and chair of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) International Task Force on Osteoporotic Fracture.

In 2013, he was awarded the William F. Neuman Award by the ASBMR, the most senior award of the Society. He is currently President of the International Bone and Mineral Society. He was appointed a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences in 2015.

The focus of Professor Eisman’s research is the epidemiology and genetics of osteoporosis, encompassing population, family and twin studies as well as molecular and cellular mechanisms for gene effects. His major commitment and focus is translating osteoporosis research findings to real improvements in health care delivery to the general community through the education of patients and their doctors.

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