Professor Kate Leslie recognised for contributions to anaesthesiology research and training

June 14 / 138

Professor Kate Leslie with AMA President Steve Hambleton.
Professor Kate Leslie with AMA President Steve Hambleton.

Professor Kate Leslie has received the 2014 Australian Medical Association (AMA) Woman in Medicine Award.

The AMA bestowed the award to Professor Leslie in recognition of her contribution to improving the quality of care for patients in Australia and internationally and her overall service to the medical profession.

Professor Leslie is Head of Research at the Royal Melbourne Hospital’s Department of Anaesthesia and Pain Management, where she is a practising anaesthetist.

She has published more than 140 research papers and made more than 170 research presentations.

Professor Leslie’s research into patient awareness during anaesthesia has drawn international attention, including being involved in research that helped to refine the administration of anaesthetics through the use of brain monitoring.

She has also worked extensively to train future anaesthetists, and to accredit the education programs of specialist colleges and hospitals, both in Australia and internationally

AMA President Steve Hambleton said Professor Leslie was recognised internationally for the contribution she has made to understanding and improving the use of anaesthetics.

“Every year, millions of patients are given anaesthetics, and Professor Leslie’s work has helped make their use safer, with fewer complications and adverse events,” Dr Hambleton said.

Professor Leslie said she was deeply honoured to receive the award. 

“It has provided me with a great opportunity to talk with aspiring leaders in medicine about the need for training, practice and mentors,” she said. 

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