2016 Australian of the Year (South Australia) Burns surgeon
From: South Australia
Director of the Burn Service at Royal Adelaide Hospital since 2001; veteran of the 2002 Bali Bombings. Frustrated with the pain of skin graft donor sites and their lack in big burn injuries, he has spent 11 years developing 2 products based on biodegradable polyurethane which together remove the need for skin grafting. BTM is already in use at the Royal Adelaide, and in trials in France, Melbourne and the US. The second (CCS) will be trialled soon, now that John's cell bioreactor has been built.