Professor Michelle Leech

Professor Michelle Leech is  the Deputy Dean, MBBS at the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University. Professor Leech is a Consultant Physician at Monash Health, where she is Deputy Director of Rheumatology. She is the chair of the Clinical Examination Committee of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and head of the National Exam Panel of the College of Physicians. She is also the Medical Deans, Australia Executive Treasurer.  Michelle was the Medical Director of Arthritis Australia in 2014 and continues as a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee and on the Grants assesssment committee of Arthritis Australia. She joined the NHMRC Assigners Academy in 2015.

She received her MBBS (Hons) from Monash University, and after residency training in Internal Medicine at Prince Henry’s Hospital, Melbourne, completed her advanced physician training  at Monash Health. She undertook a PhD at the Monash University Centre for Inflammatory Diseases, which examined the role of the cytokine MIF in the neuroendocrine regulation of inflammation. Her research interests include cytokine biology, glucocorticoid action and cell cycle proteins in the context of Rheumatoid Arthritis pathogenesis.She serves on the Scientific Advisory Boards of Janssen-Cilag, Abbvie and UCB.

Michelle has held many teaching roles in Medicine at Monash Health including Director of Physician Training as well as teaching roles at Monash University, prior to taking up her current role as Deputy Dean MBBS. She has received a number of teaching awards including the Australian Medical Students Association National Teaching award in 2014. She was the recipient of Health Workforce Australia funding to develop Health Science Interprofessional Learning (IPL) opportunities across disciplines at Monash University and Monash Health.