BMedSc (Hons), MBBS (Hons) Monash, MD Monash, FRACP, F Thor Soc

Jo Douglass is a specialist physician with clinical and research interests in Asthma and Allergic disease. She is currently Head of the Department of Clinical Immunology and Allergy at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and an Honorary Clinical Professor at the University of Melbourne.

She see adults and adolescents 12 years or older in the practice.

Prof Douglass trained in medicine at Monash University, graduating in 1984 (MBBS (Hons) BMedSc(Hons) and went on to undertake physician training at the Alfred Hospital in Respiratory Medicine, gaining her FRACP in 1992. In 1990 she left Melbourne to work in Southampton, UK to undertake doctoral studies studying immune processes in allergic asthma and rhinitis. In 1993 she moved to London to take up a position as Senior Registrar in Chest and Allergy. By 1996 she had returned to Melbourne and was appointed as a full-time hospital physician to the Department of Allergy, Asthma & Clinical Immunology at the Alfred Hospital. She became Head of the Allergy, Asthma & Clinical Immunology Service at the Alfred Hospital in 1999 and, later, an Associate Professor at Monash University. In 2012 she took up her current appointment as Head of the Department of Allergy and Clinical Immunology at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and as an Honorary Clinical Professor at the University of Melbourne. In 2013 she was awarded a Fellowship of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand, an award acknowledging exceptional contribution to Respiratory Health in Australia. She was president of the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy from 2010 to 2012.

Jo has an ongoing academic commitment with over 100 career academic publications and current research grants and projects. She holds current research funding for projects in severe asthma, “Thunderstorm” asthma and genomics in immune deficiency in collaboration with colleagues at RMH, the University of Melbourne and the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute. She continues to be a teacher of under- and post-graduate university students and trainee specialist doctors and is a frequent speaker at local and international meetings.

Jo also has active community roles. She is married, the mother of two teenagers and enjoys walking her dog, cooking and horse riding - when she can find the time!

Royal Melbourne Hospital
University of Melbourne

  Declaration of commercial interests

In the past 5 years, Jo has been principal investigator for trials of novel treatments in respiratory disease, allergy and immune deficiencies conducted at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. These studies have been sponsored by GSK, Astra-Zeneca, Novartis, Sanofi-Aventis, CSL and Grifols. She has received honoraria for presentations and for being a member of advisory boards from GSK, Astra-Zeneca, Novartis, Pieris, Stallergenes and Seqirus.

  Media Articles

  Media Interviews

  • 16th Nov 2017: 3AW, A bee sting can be far more dangerous than you think, expert warns
  • 21st Feb 2011: Herald Sun, Channel 9 news: food additives in supermarkets.
  • 2nd July 2011: National Asthma Council of Australia spokesperson medication adherence campaign. National news, radio and newspaper.
  • 10 Network Television News: 11th March 2011. Anaphylaxis e-training for Health Professionals
  • ABC Radio Melbourne: Noni Hazelhurst: “Food Allergy”. 7:30 Saturday 8th January 2011
  • National News: Channel 2,7,9 10 Melbourne Tuesday 23rd November : Thunderstorm Asthma
  • ABC Radio Melbourne: Noni Hazelhurst: “Hay Fever”. 2:30 Monday 1st November 2010
  • ABC Radio Melbourne: Hilary Harper “Food Allergy”. 07:00 Saturday 24th July 2010
  • Channel 7 News: Hay Fever 22 Oct 2009
  • Herald Sun Newspaper: Quoted Hay Fever on the rise. 21 Oct 2009

  Selected Publications

  1. Holgate ST, Douglass JA (eds) Fast Facts: Asthma (4th Ed) Health Press Ltd , Abingdon, Oxford OX14 3LN, UK. 2013
  2. Thompson BR, Douglass JA, Ellis MJ, Kelly VJ, O'Hehir RE, King GG, Verbanck S. Peripheral Lung Function in patients with stable and unstable asthma. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology 2013; 131: 1322-1328.
  3. Chua JC, Douglass JA, Gillman A, O'Hehir RE, Meeusen EN (2012) Galectin-10, a Potential Biomarker of Eosinophilic Airway Inflammation. PLoS ONE 7(8): e42549. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0042549
  4. Douglass, JA, Goeman, DP, McCarthy, EA, Sawyer, SM, Aroni, RA, Stewart, K, Abramson, Michael J. Over-the-counter β2-agonist purchase versus script: a cross-sectional study. Respir Med. 2012 Feb;106(2):223-9.
  5. Chen Y, Stirling R, Hore-Lacy F, Thompson B, Douglass JA. Longitudinal decline in lung function in patients with primary immunoglobulin deficiencies. J Allergy Clin Immunol 2011. 127: 1414-7
  6. Gillman A, Douglass JA. What do asthmatics have to fear from food and additive allergy? Clin Exp Allergy 2010; 40: 1295-1302.
  7. O'Hehir RE, Gardner LM, de Leon MP, Hales BJ, Biondo M, Douglass JA, Rolland JM, Sandrini A. House dust mite sublingual immunotherapy: the role for transforming growth factor-beta and functional regulatory T cells. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2009; 180: 936-47.
  8. Douglass JA, Carroll K, Voskamp A, Bourke P, Wei A, O’Hehir RE. Omalizumab is effective in treating systemic mastocytosis in a non-atopic patient. Allergy 2010; 65: 926-7. DOI: 10. 1111/ J.1398-99 95.2009.02259
  9. Goeman DP, Sanci LA, Scharf SL, Bailey M, O’Hehir RE, Jenkins CR, Douglass JA. Improving general practice consultations for older people with asthma: a cluster-randomised controlled trial. Med J Aust 2009; 191: 113-117.
  10. Douglass JA, O’Hehir RE. Diagnosis, treatment and prevention of allergic disease: the basics. Med J Aust 2006; 185: 228-233. [Free access to full article at the MJA]
  11. Holzer K, Anderson S, Chan H, Douglass J. Mannitol as a challenge test to identify exercise-induced bronchoconstriction in elite athletes. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2003; 167: 534-537.
  12. Holzer K, Anderson SD, Douglass J. Asthma in elite summer athletes: challenges for diagnosis. J Allergy Clin Immunol 2002; 110: 374-80.
  13. Douglass J, Aroni R, Goeman D, K Stewart, S Sawyer, F Thien, M Abramson. A qualitative study of action plans for asthma. BMJ 2002; 324: 1003-1005. [Free access to full article at the BMJ]

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