Prof. John Fraser

Current Students

Dr. Obonyo Nchafatso, MBChB

Past Students


Professor Fraser received his basic training in medicine at The Uni of Glasgow, where he also received fellowships in medicine and anaesthesia during his basic ICU training. He completed his ICU training on the Brisbane scheme and subsequently completed a PhD on burns and smoke inhalation injury through the University of Queensland, resulting in multiple publications and an international patent.
Professor John Fraser is the Director of the Intensive Care Unit at St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital and is a pre-eminent intensivist at The Prince Charles Hospital, where he founded and leads the multi-disciplinary Critical Care Research Group, the largest group of its kind in Australasia.
This group has 7 purpose built labs, including molecular, medical engineering, ex vivo resuscitation of hearts and lungs and cell culture. Professor Fraser currently supervises over 20 PhD, MPhil and honours students in medicine, surgery, basic science, engineering and allied health fields. Since its inception in 2004, the group has earned more than $29M Australian in grants and industry funding. The group leads Australia in complex animal models of critical illness, including artificial heart and lung development; trauma and haemorrhage research, and has been awarded the Centre for Metabolomics for University of Queensland.
In 2014 Professor Fraser and his group were awarded The Centre for Research Excellence (one of only of six clinical CRE’s) in Australia, looking at the development and utilisation of bionic hearts and lungs. Collaborations extend across Australia, Asia, Europe, the Americas and Africa, where the group’s collaboration with Imperial College has been awarded with a $4.3 million grant to investigate respiratory support in under-resourced environments. Professor Fraser has published over 200 peer-reviewed papers, and has 4 professorships in different universities.
As a part of the work undertaken by Professor Fraser through both the Critical Care Research Group and the Centre for Research Excellence, he has collaborated extensively at a local, state, national and international level. These collaborations have included:

• Queensland Health Service Hospitals,
• the Australian Red Cross Blood Service,
• University of Queensland,
• Queensland University of Technology,
• Griffith University,
• CSIRO,
• Intensive Care Research Austin Hospital, Melbourne,
• The O’Brien Institute, Melbourne
• Royal Adelaide Hospital,
• Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney,
• RMIT University, Melbourne,
• University of New South Wales,
• Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney,
• University of Western Australia, Perth,
• The Alfred Hospital, Melbourne,
• The Children’s Hospital, Sydney,
• Royal Perth Hospital,
• University of Ontario, Canada,
• Malmo University Hospital, Sweden,
• National Cardiovascular Centre Research Institute, Osaka, Japan,
• Rayne Institute, King’s College, London, United Kingdom,
• Xian Hospital, Xian, China,
• National Heart Hospital, Malaysia,
• Ibaraki University, Japan,
• PREVOR, France,
• University of Alabama at Birmingham,
• St Michael’s Hospital, Canda,
• University of Colorado, USA,
• Hemholtz Institute, RWTH Aachen University, Germany,
• Fisher & Paykel Healthcare, New Zealand,
• Aston University, United Kingdom,
• University of Texas, Medical Branch, USA, and
• Imperial College, London.

Overall track record (in the last 5 years):
Professor Fraser has had over 270 published papers (156 in the last five years), as well as presented over 140 keynote lectures and presentations around the world. He holds appointments at Monash University, Bond University, University of Queensland, Griffith University and Queensland University of Technology, as well as one of the six national reviewers of all research projects for FCICM, Senior Examiner to College of ICU Medicine. He is the Editor of Intensive Care Medicine experimental (ICMx), and an Editorial Board Member for the journal Burns. He is the Protocols and Research Chair of the Asia-Pacific Chapter Extracorporeal Life Support Organisation (APELSO) and the Conference Chair for the Chapter’s October 2017 Conference (to be held in Australia for the first time). He is also a member of the Executive Board of ‘A Brighter Future’ – a Cerebral Palsy charity.
In addition to the above, Professor Fraser continues his association with the Royal Children’s Hospital Burns Research Group which was initiated during his PhD including a continuation of smoke inhalation research.