John Atherton is Director of Cardiology at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Associate Professor, University of Queensland and Adjunct Professor, Queensland University of Technology. He sat on Board of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSANZ) from 2009-2015 and chaired the CSANZ Professional Ethics Standards Committee. He previously chaired the Asia-Pacific Acute Decompensated Heart Failure Registry SAC and the CSANZ Heart Failure Council. He has been an appointed member of the Australian Government Medical Services Advisory Committee and sat on the National Heart Foundation Heart Failure Guidelines executive writing group. Research interests include investigating novel methods to detect presymptomatic cardiac disease and cardiac genetics. Contributions to service enhancement include co-establishing a statewide cardiac genetics clinic with A/Prof Julie McGaughran and the development of coordinated statewide heart failure disease management.