John Esdaile received his medical degree from McGill University, and had post-graduate training in internal medicine, immunology, and rheumatology in Montreal, Toronto, and London, England.
John has served as Head of Rheumatology at McGill University and the University of British Columbia. Dedicated to expanding Canada’s role in arthritis research, John was largely responsible for developing and establishing the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada/Arthrite-recherche Canada, of which he was named Scientific Director. The Centre now has scientists in Vancouver, Calgary and Quebec City and has grown from four people in 2000 to more than 60.
John’s areas of research interest include rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus. He has focussed on early diagnosis and early intervention as key elements of improving outcome. John is particularly proud of the huge success of his trainees, the vast majority of whom are leading highly productive independent careers in arthritis research, arthritis teaching, and working with family doctors, rehabilitation professionals and policy makers to improve arthritis management. In 2012, the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada received the inaugural Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis Knowledge Translation prize. This award is was in part a reflection of the Centre`s and John`s strong support for the consumer movement in arthritis research.
John was named a Kirkland Foundation Scholar (2006) and elected a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (2007). Awards include the 2005 Canadian Rheumatology Association Distinguished Investigator Award, the 2009 UBC Killam Research Prize for Science, the 2009 Vancouver Coastal Research Institute Scientific Achievement Award, the 2009 Canadian Arthritis Network Consumer Champion Award, the 2010 Roger Demers Prize and the 2013 Jonas Salk Award.