Professor John Kolbe, MBBS, FRACP visited the Kimmel Cancer Center and Thomas Jefferson University on September 26, 2011. John Kolbe is a graduate of the University of Queensland. After working in Adelaide, he completed his clinical training in Auckland and then undertook a research fellowship at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. He is currently a respiratory physician at Auckland City Hospital and Professor of Medicine and Head of the Department of Medcine, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland. He is a past‐President of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand. Previous positions in the College include Chair of Specialities Board, President of Adult Medicine Division and Chair of College Policy & Advocacy Committee. He is currently President of The Royal Australasian College of Physicians.