Prof Coats is Joint Academic Vice-President of Monash University, Australia and the University of Warwick, UK. His research greatly influenced the treatment for chronic heart failure, promoting exercise training instead of bed rest. He has a vast experience in education and publishing.
Prof Coats attended Melbourne Grammar School and studied at Oxford and Cambridge. He has a higher doctorates from Oxford (DM) and Imperial (DSc.).
Prof Coats was appointed Viscount Royston Professor of Cardiology at Imperial College in 1996 and Director of Cardiology and Associate Medical Director of the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS trust. Professor Coats was appointed Dean of Medicine at the University of Sydney in 2002, and subsequently Deputy Vice-Chancellor. Professor Coats was most recently CEO of the Norwich Research Park, the UK's oldest and largest research and innovation park.
Prof Coats research interests are chronic heart failure, hypertension, and organizational behaviour. Professor Coats has a MBA from London Business School, is a Diplomate and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and member of the UK Institute of Directors.