• Bond University

    4229 Gold Coast


  • Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine Building 5, Level 2, Bond University 14 Robina Drive, Robina Queensland 4226


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Personal profile

Research interests

I am an Associate Professor at the Centre for Research in Evidence-Based Practice at Bond University  and a Consultant Respiratory Physician at Liverpool Hospital, Sydney. My key interest is to improve clinical practice, especially for patients with respiratory conditions, through high quality research.

My research focuses on epidemiology and large database analysis, evidence-based medicine, knowledge synthesis (systematic reviews, meta-analysis) and knowledge translation, and medical decision-making at a system and patient encounter level (using the tools of decision analysis and decision aids for shared decision-making).

I have been supported by consecutive NHMRC fellowships since 2015 and spent two years as a visiting research scholar at the Mayo Clinic’s Evidence-Based Practice Center in Rochester, Minnesota, USA. From 2015 to 2016 I was medical chair of the respiratory network at the New South Wales Agency for Clinical Innovation, which works with clinicians, patients and managers to design and promote better healthcare. I am the Editor-in-Chief of Breathe, the educational journal of the European Respiratory Society.

Statement for HDR students

I am available to supervise HDR students in the areas of shared decision making, evidence communication, decision analysis, low value care (overtesting, overdiagnosis, overtreatment), and clinical epidemiological research in respiratory and sleep medicine.

Education/Academic qualification

Medicine, Doctor of Philosophy , University of Sydney


Medical doctor (MD), University of Basel


Medicine, Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery, University of Basel


External positions

Visiting research scholar, Evidence-Based Practice Center, Mayo Clinic

Jan 2017Dec 2018

National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) TRIP (translating research into practice) fellow, University of Sydney

Jan 2015Dec 2016

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Research Output 2002 2019

Overdiagnosis of pulmonary embolism: definition, causes and implications

Dobler, C. C., Mar 2019, In : Breathe. 15, 1, p. 46-53 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Pulmonary Embolism
Medical Overuse
Patient Preference
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Shared Decision Making Rarely Happens for Lung Cancer Screening

Dobler, C. C., 1 Jan 2019, In : JAMA Internal Medicine. 179, 1, 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debateResearch

Too much or too little medicine? Overdiagnosis, underdiagnosis, overtreatment and undertreatment in respiratory diseases

Dobler, C. C., Mar 2019, In : Breathe. 15, 1, p. 2-3 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialResearch

Open Access
Delivery of Health Care
Medical Overuse

A pulmonologist's guide to understanding network meta-analysis

Dobler, C. C., Wilson, M. E. & Murad, M. H., 4 Jul 2018, In : European Respiratory Journal. 52, 1, 1800525.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articleResearchpeer-review

Assessing the validity of surrogate endpoints in the context of a controversy about the measurement of effectiveness of hepatitis C virus treatment

Dobler, C. C., Morgan, R. L., Falck-Ytter, Y., Montori, V. M. & Murad, M. H., 1 Apr 2018, In : Evidence-Based Medicine. 23, 2, p. 50-53 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Evidence-Based Medicine
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