Professor Symonds is the Dean of Medicine and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the International Medical School, Malaysia. He qualified in Medicine at Nottingham Medical School in 1983 and trained in general medicine and obstetrics and gynacology in the UK. He completed specialist training in Obstetrics in 1997 and a Doctor of Medicine research higher degree in 1995.
Prior to moving to IMU he was held the positions of Chair of Reproductive Medicine in Newcastle NSW in 2004 and Head of School in 2011 before moving to South Australia as Dean and Head of School of Medicine, Adelaide University from 2015 to 2020.
Professor Symonds has been a chief investigator on studies on the treatment of dysfunctional uterine bleeding, genetics of pre-eclampsia, infrared spectroscopic analysis of cervical smears, detection of ovarian cancer using Tc-99 labelled monoclonal antibody, innate immunity to Chlamydia, the psychosocial aspects of maternal age, genetics of endometrial cancer, growth restriction and preterm labour, attachment disorders, cervical screening, fetal ECG ST-Analysis and induction of labour. He has published more than 70 original papers in peer reviewed journals as well as a number of undergraduate textbooks and has a Masters Degree in Clinical Education.
He has held a number of national leadership roles including the presidency of the Medical Deans of Australia and New Zealand and Vice President of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. He has been the editor in chief of the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology since 2013.