Dr. Dawes has been a family physician since 1983 working full-time in Oxford for the first 10 years. He completed his PhD on weight gain in pregnancy in 1992. In 1995 he helped develop a multi-disciplinary Masters programme in Evidence Based Health Care that is run at the University of Oxford. He was Director of the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine in Oxford and Head of the Department of Family Medicine at McGill University. He was chair of the Program committee of the North American Primary Care Research Group.
His current research interests include pharmacogenomics in primary care, diabetes prevention, information retrieval, hypertension, and chronic disease management. In addition to his research and practice interests, he has considerable expertise and passion for the development of training programs that allow clinicians to engage in Masters level research. His hobbies include fishing, and sailing.