Michelle Leech

Professor Michelle Leech

Deputy Dean (Medicine)

As Deputy Dean (Medicine), Professor Michelle Leech oversees the delivery of Monash’s flagship medical program across our Clayton, Gippsland and Malaysia campuses. Michelle ensures that the learning objectives and outcomes of both the direct and graduate entry degrees are aligned, and coordinates a range of academic initiatives for Monash medical students.

She is currently the Deputy Chair of the Postgraduate Medical Council of Victoria and Vice President of Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand.

Michelle is the Head of the Rheumatoid Arthritis Clinic at Monash Health. She also maintains an active research profile as part of the rheumatology research group in the School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health. Her clinical research interests include cytokine biology, glucocorticoid action and cell cycle proteins in the context of Rheumatoid Arthritis pathogenesis, as well as medical and interprofessional education. Michelle’s work has been published in Nature Reviews Rheumatology, The Lancet Rheumatology, and Arthritis & Rheumatology.

Prior to her role as Deputy Dean, Michelle held a number of teaching and leadership positions within Monash’s medical program and is a recipient of the Australian Medical Students’ Association national teaching award. She has previously served as the Medical Director of Arthritis Australia, held positions on a number of National Rheumatology Advisory Boards and is the outgoing chair of the Clinical Examination Committee of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians National Exam Panel of the College of Physicians.

A proud Monash alumna, Michelle holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (Honours) and a PhD, and is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP).


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Kathleen Corcoran
Executive Assistant
T: +61 3 9905 8617
E: kathleen.corcoran@monash.edu